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Sarah Walters ’19 Lands Post with Hillel at University of Rochester As the newly appointed Director of Jewish Student Life for Hillel at the University of Rochester, Sarah Walters ’19 is promoting engagement and developing and facilitating programs for undergraduates as well as building engagement among graduate students. She says she’s looking forward to creating meaningful

During Commencement weekend, graduating students, their families and members of the HWS community took time to celebrate, reflect and give thanks during the annual Baccalaureate ceremony. With prayer and music, the 2021 Baccalaureate ceremony highlighted the personal and spiritual journeys of members of the HWS community. In her keynote Baccalaureate Address, Associate Professor Emerita of

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the HWS community held a candlelight vigil on April 7.  Hobart and William Smith Colleges stood in solidarity with Jewish people around the world to observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. HWS Hillel and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life also held two events to honor lives lost

Jillian Crocetta ’21 explores her Jewish identity in an essay published by New Voices, a Jewish and justice-focused magazine written by and for college students. In an essay published by New Voices, Jillian Crocetta ’21 examines the Jewish identity she began to actively explore after attending a Shabbat dinner at the Abbe Center for Jewish

HWS students and alums will connect virtually to celebrate Hanukkah through a series of online events hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life. A series of virtual events will give Hobart and William Smith students and alums the chance to celebrate Hanukkah together beginning this weekend. Hanukkah started on the evening of Dec. 10

The HWS Community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a ceremony hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Bozzuto Boathouse. This year marks the 5781 year in the Jewish calendar and begins the 10-day observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. The period culminates with Yom Kippur,

A panel discussion following a preview of the documentary film Harbor from the Holocaust includes HWS Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski. Hosted by the Virtual Little Theatre in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Rochester, the online event happened on  Thursday, Sept. 3. The film shares the story of 20,000 Jewish refugees who fled

At the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Sarah Walters ’19 is using the knowledge she developed through her Genocide, Human Rights, and Peace Action major as the agency’s first Holocaust Education and Community Relations Program Director. Combining her interests and study, the position allows Walters to connect with a range of people in a new community

To celebrate the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, members of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life and HWS community volunteers performed the tradition of Tashlich with a focus on environmental activism and sustainability. In the Jewish faith, Tashlich is celebrated on Rosh Hashanah. The ceremony includes reciting prayers alongside a running body of water

This summer during a program co-led by Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Gabriella D’Angelo and Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Alysia Kaplan, 13 students studied abroad in Berlin. While designed for architectural studies and studio art students, the program also encompassed a range of disciplines and explored the intersections of architecture, art, memory