Jewish life at Brandeis is vibrant and diverse, supporting students interested in prayer, Jewish study, cultural and social events, Israel, and more. Many of the communities and programs that make up Jewish life on campus are a part of Hillel, an international organization that provides a space for Jewish life on campus with a dedicated staff, an active student board, and many engaged club group leaders and members. One of the easiest ways to get involved with Hillel or any of communities is by attending a weekly Shabbat dinner, which occurs every Friday night of the school year in Upper Sherman.
Multiple communities are active within the Jewish community, with each conducting worship services based on their specific denominational traditions, and also coming together for social events and campus-wide holiday celebrations. There are also Jewish students at Brandeis who do not worship or practice within these groups and instead choose to observe their Judaism in a unique, individual manner. All Hillel activities are open to any and every students. The following list includes the practicing Jewish denominational groups and their weekly worship information:
Brandeis Orthodox Organization (BOO)
Brandeis Reform Chavurah (BaRuCh)
Brandeis Reconstructionist Organization (BRO)
In addition to weekly services, the Jewish community at Brandeis also hosts services for the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. These holidays are considered the most important in the Jewish calendar. Many Jews who do not worship on a weekly basis will attend services for the High Holy Days. Each year, Orthodox, Conservative/Egalitarian, Reform, and Reform Student-Led High Holy Day services are held in different locations.