Jewish Life at Gustavus

Virtual resources
  • Hillel @ Home includes resources, programs, hangouts, contests, and virtual gatherings for the Jewish community
  • Mt Zion Temple (Reform) in St. Paul is regularly livestreaming services. Click here for more information.
  • Romemu (Renewal) hosts streamed Shabbat and Torah studies. Click here to view.
Community resources
Dr. Samuel Kessler, Jewish Life Advisor
SJKessler2015 Assistant Professor of Religion and Åke and Kristina Bonnier Chair in Jewish Studies
Dr. Kessler received his BA in History from New York University and MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between 2016 and 2018 he was the Postdoctoral Fellow in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. His scholarship focuses primarily on nineteenth-century religious responses to modernity. He works on topics in Judaism, postmodern theory (Foucault), Holocaust, and twentieth-century literature (Roth, Malamud, Durrell). Dr. Kessler has taught widely in Jewish religion and culture, both in the classroom and community. Anyone in the community with questions about Judaism is encouraged to contact him. This fall (2019), Dr. Kessler will be teaching Introduction to Judaism (RELI 144) and World Religions (RELI 115).

Jewish Life Holidays and Events, 2019-2020

The Chaplains’ Office and Dr. Samuel Kessler are pleased to bring awareness to the following Jewish holidays and to host several Jewish life events this year on campus.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah Interfaith Observance on Tuesday, October 1st during Daily Sabbath at 10am in Christ Chapel. Apples and honey will be served. 
October 8-9 Yom Kippur
October 13-20 Sukkot celebration on Oct. 17th led by Gustavus Interfaith Forum and Dr. Samuel Kessler. 
October 12-22 Simkhat Torah
December 22-30 Hanukkah
March 9-10 Purim interfaith celebration, 4:30-6 pm in the Bonnier Multifaith Center led by Dr. Samual Kessler.
April 8-16 Passover. The Interfaith Teaching Seder originally scheduled for Wed., April 1, 6-9pm, has been deferred until 2021.
April 20-21 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial day) interfaith observance has been deferred until 2021.