Would you rather have Shabbat in a public room of 50 or around a warm table at home, surrounded by new friends and old?


It has been scientifically proven* that GW students prefer the second option.

*We asked a lot of students, but we do not have science degrees.

We’ve listened and that’s why we’re putting Shabbat in your hands. Every week, we will gather to schmooze at 6:30. Services will be at 7, and then…drumroll please… come 7:45, you will head out all over campus to join amazing hosts as they welcome guests into their homes for Shabbat dinner.

This means:

1. You do not have to know where you’re going ahead of time.

BUT if you want to, you will be able to sign up here.

2. YOU can host! Have room for a cozy dinner and the drive to

welcome guests into your home? Sign up here.


But, we know the magic of having us all together in one room for Shabbat, so that’s not gone forever. Once a month we’ll have a blow-out style, super awesome, Shabbat party where we come together to celebrate our community.

Want to partner with us to host one of these? Does your organization have an excellent philanthropy to promote? Know a cool speaker we should invite? Email Emily!

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Holidays at Hillel

We know students can’t always make it home for holidays that fall within the school year.  Thus, while we may not be able to exactly replicate Bubbe’s matza ball soup, we still aim to create a warm vibe to support all as they grow into their own Jewish identities as adults.  For all holidays that fall within the school year, Hillel is here to provide all you need – whether a Rosh Hashanah service, Purim megillah reading, or Passover seder.

Check back throughout the year for specific holiday info!

Want to help shape Shabbat or holidays at GW?  Email Leana, our Shabbat & Spirituality Chair.

Prayer Groups (Minyanim)


Kesher (Reform) at GW is dedicated to building an environment in which Reform Jews may feel comfortable exploring their relationship with Judaism.  More than just a religious community, Kesher offers a variety of cultural, social, and educational events so that students may generate a more holistic Jewish experience in college.  Email Leana Reich for more information.


KOACH (Conservative) is the Conservative Jewish group on campus helping to provide a meaningful Jewish experience for college students at GW.  Join our weekly Shabbat services and other engaging programming to help create a welcoming environment on campus.  Email Gaby Kraushaar or Zack Toland for more info.