Judaism

Jewish Life at Gustavus

Many area synagogues hold virtual services. Information can be found on the following websites. Questions? Ask Dr. Samuel Kessler (kessler@gustavus.edu).

Other 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. 
  • 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 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. His research focuses on religion and modernity in European history. He 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. Events TBD. 
March 27 - April 3 Passover. Events TBD
April 8-9 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial day). A commemoration will be held, probably via Zoom. Time and link TBA.