Areas of Worship

Jewish prayer services take place at Berlin Chapel, Brandeis’ Jewish chapel, and at several other locations across campus. The Beit Midrash in Shapiro Residence Hall is always open for lively Jewish learning.



Inside the Berlin Chapel

The Jewish community is served by two chaplains, Rabbi Elyse Winick '86 and Rabbi Elliot Kaplowitz, and by Hillel at Brandeis.

Winick is available to students for religious study and spiritual counseling. She helps the various Jewish religious groups at Brandeis plan their services and activities and is in residence at Brandeis for most Sabbaths and holidays. She coordinates a variety of services for the High Holy Days and conducts the Conservative services. She is available for students of all faiths. She serves on the Council of Religions and is involved in many of the panel discussions and programs of interfaith dialogue.

The Jewish chaplain is joined in Jewish religious leadership by Rabbi Elliot and Toby Kaplowitz, who direct Hillel’s Jewish Learning Initiative (JLI). The Kaplowitzes are the advisers to the Orthodox community at Brandeis. 

Hillel at Brandeis provides a rich and vibrant Jewish life at the university through programs that address the varied spiritual, educational, social and political needs and interests of students. Hillel coordinates more than 20 affiliated Jewish student groups.

Larry Sternberg is Hillel’s executive director, and Cindy Spungin is the organization's director of student activities. Hillel is located on the second level of the Usdan Student Center, above the chaplains’ offices.