Jewish Life at Gustavus

Many area synagogues are holding virtual Sabbath (Friday evening and Saturday morning) services. Information can be found on the following websites.

Questions? Email Dr. Samuel Kessler (kessler@gustavus.edu) or Dr. Marian Broida (mbroida@gustavus.edu).

(Please scroll down to see a calendar of Jewish events happening on campus this semester.)

Other virtual resources
  • Hillel @ Home includes resources, programs, hangouts, contests, and virtual gatherings for the Jewish community
  • Romemu (Renewal) hosts streamed Shabbat and Torah studies.
Community resources
Dr. Samuel Kessler, Jewish Life Advisor

SJKessler2015Dr. Kessler is Åke and Kristina Bonnier Chair in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion at Gustavus. 

Dr. Kessler teaches courses in Jewish religion and culture, as well as more broadly in religion and theology. 

If you are interested in Jewish life on campus, have questions about Judaism, Jewish culture or history, have discovered a connection to Judaism in your genealogy, or are simply curious about Jewish topics, please reach out: kessler@gustavus.edu

Jewish Life Holidays and Events, 2020-2021

The Four Species inside the Gustavus Sukkah Fall 2020

The Chaplains’ Office and Bonnier Chair will be posting information and sponsoring events for the major Jewish holidays.

NoteHolidays begin in the evening of the first day listed.

September 18-20 Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year).
September 27-28 Yom Kippur
October 2-9 Sukkot. We built a sukkah on campus!
October 10-11 Simkhat Torah. 
December 10-18 Hanukkah. Events TBD. 
February 25-26 Purim. Join us for a Zoom reading of the Book of Esther, 4pm, Wed., Feb. 24. Meeting ID: 852 0173 1447 Passcode: 29902974
March 27 - April 3 Passover. We are coordinating Zoom "home" seders for students this year. Please contact Dr. Kessler (kessler@gustavus.edu) or Dr. Broida (mbroida@gustavus.edu) for more information.
April 8-9 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial day). Commemoration time and link TBA.