Spiritual Life : Shabbat

The 25-hour rest and reflection of Shabbat serves as a central community-building anchor here at the Bronfman Center, where we aim to nurture an atmosphere of substantive pluralism, allowing each student to find both meaningful and challenging Shabbat experiences. On any given Friday and Saturday, you will find vibrant, active expressions of all kinds of Judaism, a sense of openness and welcome, and a place to meet friends.

A Bronfman Center Shabbat typically includes the following, but please consult our calendar for detailed times, locations, and special Shabbat events. Contact Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi with questions

Friday Evening

Orthodox Services: Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 5th Floor Parlor Spirited, student-led traditional services conducted in Hebrew with a mechitza and with the support and insight of Rabbi Gideon Black and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna

Reform Services: Bronfman Center 2nd Floor Musical egalitarian services led by Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi and our student Shabband in a mix of Hebrew and English and often featuring guitar and/or percussion

Indie Minyan: Bronfman Center 5th Floor Vibrant traditional egalitarian student-led services

Shalhevet-Hosted Dinner: Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 5th Floor Grand Hall Haimish, traditional community Shabbat dinner mostly serving the Orthodox community but of course open to all students

Shabbronfman-Hosted Dinner: Bronfman Center 1st Floor Open and welcoming community Shabbat dinner mostly serving our egalitarian and secular Jewish communities but of course open to all students

All-Community Events: Throughout the semester we highlight the unity of all of our religious and secular communities with an all-community Shabbat dinner, performance, speaker, tisch, or other event.

Saturday

Orthodox Services: Held weekly, Bronfman Center 2nd Floor, 9:15 am Spirited, student-led traditional services conducted in Hebrew with a mechitza and with the support and insight of Rabbi Gideon Black and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna

Indie Minyan: Periodically held, Bronfman Center 5th Floor Please check our calendar for information about the Indie Minyan's student-led Shabbat morning Torah service, held several times per semester.

Partnership Minyan: Periodically held, Bronfman Center 5th Floor Please check our calendar for information about the Shira Chadashah-style Partnership Minyan's student-led Shabbat morning Torah service, held several times per semester and conducted with a mechitza and with shared leadership between men and women.

Shalhevet-Hosted Kiddush: Bronfman Center 1st Floor, 11:15 am Each week, our Orthodox student club hosts a welcoming kiddush.

Issue of the Week: Bronfman Center, 11:45 am Join our Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Staff and the Shalhevet community for a lively and relevant Torah discussion.

Orthodox Mincha & Seudah Shlishit: Bronfman Center

Orthodox Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Dancing: Bronfman Center

All-Community Events: Throughout the semester we highlight the unity of all of our religious and secular communities with an all-community Shabbat kiddush, lunch, havdalah, or other event.