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Questions or concerns about Family Weekend may be directed to Student Activities at 781-736-5065.

Monday–Friday
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Buy tickets for off-campus trips, the comedy show, and Hillel's Shabbat Dinner online, by phone at (781) 736-3400, and in person at Shapiro Campus Center.

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Events

Family Weekend 2017 Schedule

More events and activities will be added soon. Please check back for updates.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Family Weekend Welcome and Registration
5 p.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Prospect Hill Book Drive
5 p.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center
The Prospect Hill Community Foundation is seeking book donations for their after-school enrichment community center. We are looking for new or lightly used books for children aged 7–12.  For a sample list of book titles that we are looking for check out Boston Public Schools summer reading list. There will be a collection box in the Shapiro Campus Center October 26- 30 throughout Family Weekend and registration.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Family Weekend Welcome and Registration
9 a.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Prospect Hill Book Drive
9 a.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center
The Prospect Hill Community Foundation is seeking book donations for their after-school enrichment community center. We are looking for new or lightly used books for children aged 7–12.  For a sample list of book titles that we are looking for check out Boston Public Schools summer reading list. There will be a collection box in the Shapiro Campus Center October 26-30 throughout Family Weekend and registration.

Open Classes*
9 a.m.–2 p.m., Various Locations
Want to see how academic is like at Brandeis? Attend a class from a list of available courses and experience what it is like to be a Brandeisian!
*Detailed information coming up soon!

Game Room Open for Siblings and Others
11 a.m.–Midnight, Lower level, Usdan Student Center
Visit the Usdan Game Room for a great place to hang out and watch the hottest sporting event or challenge your friends in one of the variety of arcade and video games.

Welcome Reception
3 p.m.–5 p.m.
, Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center
Join faculty, staff, and students at this campus-wide welcoming event where you can mingle with other families and capture the spirit of Brandeis! Food and light refreshments are provided.

Off Campus Trip: Blue Man Group
4 p.m.–10 p.m., Leaving from campus at 4 p.m.; boarding begins at 3:45 p.m.
Blue Man Group will rock your world. Blow your mind. And unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises. ‭The Charles Playhouse, located in the heart of the Theatre District, is the longtime Boston ‭home of Blue Man Group. 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures know what ‭Blue Man Group is really about. Now it’s your turn. ‭DARE TO LIVE IN FULL COLOR! Dine at local eatery before the performance. If you go to a Partner Restaurant be sure to ask about same-day visit discounts that may be available by showing your Blue Man Group tickets (which will be distributed at the bus).

Tickets are $65/person and include tickets to the show and transportation. Show tickets will be distributed at the bus. (Dinner is not included in the ticket price). Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.

Men's Soccer vs Washington University
5 p.m.–7 p.m., Gordon Field
The Judges play the final three games of the season at home, starting with their rivals from St. Louis.

Shabbat Services

5:30 p.m.
, Various Locations
Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)
Conservative/Egalitarian, International Lounge, Usdan Student Center
Reform, Pearlman Lounge
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

Hillel’s Shabbat Dinner and Oneg Shabbat
7 p.m.
, Dinner in Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center
Oneg Shabbat in International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Dinner tickets are required for all family members, including children over 12. Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400. Regular: $36; children 12 and under: $18. For children 12 and under, please call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400. All pre-ordered tickets may be picked-up when you check-in at the Family Weekend registration table in the Shapiro Campus Center.

Current Brandeis students can register for FREE at go.brandeis.edu/shabbat.  (All Saturday meal reservations - for Family Members and Brandeis Students - must be made via the online Shabbat meals form or at the Cashier in Sherman Dining Hall.)

Hillel's Oneg Shabbat Program (beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m.) is free and open to all members of the Brandeis Family!

Please come back to visit to learn more about the guest at this year's Oneg Shabbat program.

Women's Soccer vs. Washington University
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Gordon Field

A Final Four rematch between the Judges and the Bears!

Comedian Colin Jost
9 p.m., Mainstage Theater, Spingold Theater Center
Colin Jost joined the cast of "SNL" as co-anchor of "Weekend Update” in 2014 and returns for his fourth season this year.  Jost has been a writer at SNL since 2005 and served as co-head writer for three of those years.  Jost has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL. He also wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film, "Staten Island Summer," based on his days as a lifeguard growing up in New York.

Brandeis family members and Brandeis faculty & staff: $10; Brandeis students: $5. Purchase tickets in advance through Brandeis Tickets (coming soon) at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.

Hotel Walk Back
8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
,Leaving from Usdan Student Center
Brandeis students will be available to walk families staying at the Boston Marriott Newton back to the hotel.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Family Weekend Welcome and Registration
9 a.m.–5 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center 

Prospect Hill Book Drive
9 a.m.–9 p.m., Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center
The Prospect Hill Community Foundation is seeking book donations for their after-school enrichment community center. We are looking for new or lightly used books for children aged 7–12.  For a sample list of book titles that we are looking for check out Boston Public Schools summer reading list. There will be a collection box in the Shapiro Campus Center October 26-30 throughout Family Weekend and registration.

Shabbat Services
Beginning at 9 a.m., Various Locations
Services include: 
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Traditional/Egalitarian, Berlin Chapel

Off Campus Trip: Explore Boston
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Leaving from campus at 10 a.m.; boarding begins at 9:45 a.m.
We'll provide transportation to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, located in the heart of downtown Boston, so you can explore the nation's premier urban marketplace, which combines the glories of the past and vitality of the present. Across the street from Boston's waterfront, the Marketplace is comprised of three restored 19th century buildings. A blend of Neoclassic and Greek Revival architecture, the complex is a beautiful representation of old Boston, tastefully enhanced by urban contemporary additions. Ethnic foods, unique gifts and street performers are just a few elements that make the cobblestone streets of Faneuil Hall Marketplace such a festive and special restaurants and pubs feature varied menus, and are open for lunch and dinner. Tickets are $22/person. Purchase tickets through Brandeis Tickets at the Shapiro Campus Center, 781-736-3400.

Academic/Faculty Presentations
10 a.m.–3 p.m., Locations TBA
Academic presentations allow faculty, staff, and departments the chance to deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics based on your interests. So if you are you looking for a fun and engaging experience, make sure to attend one or all of our academic presentations!  Come back to see what exciting presentations we have this year!

Open Game Room for Siblings and Others
11:30 a.m.–Midnight, Lower level, Usdan Student Center

Shabbat Services
Beginning at 5:05 p.m., Services include:
Orthodox, Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Conservative, Berlin Chapel
Reform Pearlman Lounge, Pearlman Hall
Kiddush/Third Meal, Hassenfeld Conference Center Lobby and Hall

Solar Winds Quintet
8 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
Local favorite Solar Winds returns to the Slosberg stage for an evening of wind ensemble works, featuring Brandeis flute instructor Jill Dreeben. Tickets are available at the door only: $20; $10 for Brandeis community and seniors (55+); free for students.

Annual Family Weekend Variety Show
8 p.m., Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center
Join us as Brandeis students showcase their talents at our Annual Family Weekemd Variety Show! See amazing acts from student groups, such as Kaos Kids, Adagio, No Singer Clef Behind and other exciting performance groups! This is a free and non-ticketed event with general admission seating.leaf2


Sunday, October 29, 2107


Chabad 5K Race
9 a.m.–Noon, Great Lawn, Shapiro Campus Center
The Chabad House at Brandeis and the Chabad Student Club are delighted to invite you to its fourth annual Ufaratzta 5K Run. Ufaratzta (Hebrew) means to break out of your limitations and inhibitions. At Chabad students from different religious and cultural backgrounds join a welcoming community, to learn, explore and grow as individuals and leaders. Whether you've done a 5K before or this is your first one, everyone is encouraged to partake in this experience! Students, relatives, and friends are invited to join us in walking or running the Chabad 5K and supporting a great cause. This fun filled event will be followed by a brunch on the Great Lawn for all participants!

Registration and brunch are both FREE! Registration form coming soon! Day-of registration will be at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.

Brandeis Legacy Reception
9 a.m.–11 a.m., Faculty Club, Main Dining Room
The Brandeis University Alumni Association invites you to the Fall Fest Legacy Reception recognizing Brandeis alumni with family ties to current students. Please join us to reconnect with old friends and make new Brandeis Legacy connections. Breakfast will be served.

Catholic Mass
10 a.m.
, Bethlehem Chapel
Join us for a special service open to family and friends, with a continental breakfast following.

Men's Soccer vs. Chicago
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Gordon Field
The Judges try to knock off the defending UAA champions!

Women's Soccer vs. Chicago
1:30 p.m., Gordon Field
The Brandeis women meet another Final Four team for the second match in a row!

Brandeis Student Ensemble Showcase
2 p.m., Slosberg Music Center
A sampling from the top-notch Music Department ensembles.

Catholic Mass

7:30 p.m.
, Bethlehem Chapel
Join us for a special service open to family and friends.fallenleaf


Monday, October 30, 2107

Open Classes*
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
, Various Location
Want to see how academic is like at Brandeis? Attend a class from a list of available courses and experience what it is like to be a Brandeisian!
*Detailed information coming up soon!

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