Shabbat and Holidays

The Jewish calendar punctuates our lives with opportunities for reflection, commitment, community and family

There are opportunities for students to congregate according to their traditions as well as space for connecting as a whole community in learning, observance, remembering and rejoicing.

Shabbat 

Hillel's commitment to pluralism allows us to offer opportunities on large and small scales to celebrate Shabbat on campus. Whether attending a Hillel event or working to develop your own celebration, University of Chicago Hillel staff and student leaders are committed to helping every student celebrate Shabbat in a meaningful way.

Shabbat at Hillel

After simultaneous prayer services, our communities come together to welcome Shabbat by singing Shalom Aleichem, blessing the wine and challah, and sitting down for dinner.

 

You are welcome to join for services, dinner, or both!

Shabbat Services

Reform Services:

6 pm, 2nd-floor library

 

Egalitarian Services:

6 pm, 3rd-floor chapel

 

Orthodox Services:

10 minutes after candle lighting,  1st-floor chapel

Shabbat Dinner

Join us for dinner, whether or not you come for services. Dinner takes place at 7 in Hillel.

 

The menu changes every week, but we always celebrate Shabbat with a delicious dinner and communal happiness. 

Shabbat Day

Shacharit:

Yavneh Services: 9:30 am

Egalitarian Services: 9:45 am

Shabbat Lunch:

12:30 pm 

 

Mincha and Maariv:

Times fluctuate weekly

Spiritual Communities

Hillel's commitment to pluralism allows us to offer opportunities on large and small scales to celebrate Shabbat on campus. Whether attending a Hillel event or working to develop your own celebration, University of Chicago Hillel staff and student leaders are committed to helping every student celebrate Shabbat in a meaningful way.

    Reform Community

The Reform Minyan is where you can find an egalitarian service intermixed with Hebrew and English, traditional and contemporary texts and songs. Always looking for new people, join us and add your tradition, ideas and close the work week with Reform Minyan at UChicago Hillel. 

Egalitarian Chavurah

Traditional-Egalitarian Minyan

Egalitarian Chavurah is a Traditional-Egalitarian minyan. We meet weekly during the academic year for Friday night services at Hillel, and biweekly for Saturday morning services. We also host events and services for holidays and other special occasions. We strive to be welcoming of people from all backgrounds and of all genders and sexualities. Our services are in Hebrew, but transliterated prayer books are available, and we are always happy to answer questions.

Yavneh

Orthodox Minyan

Yavneh is dedicated to Orthodox practice and open to all. With members of varying levels of observance and of all political stripes, we are a flourishing community of close friendships and sincere intellectualism. We pray together every day, maintain a kosher kitchen, and take time every week for learning and text study. We can't wait to have you join us!

All UChicago Hillel programs are made possible through the generosity of the Jewish community. 

University of Chicago Hillel is an initiative

of the Jewish United Fund, supported by

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

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