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Religious Life: Our Approach

Spirituality means that we recognize and understand that we’re part of something larger in our lives. We go deeper to understand our spiritual selves as Jews by taking time to pause and reflect together.

Spirituality in the Jewish tradition is also about being part of a vibrant and active community, where people come together to sing and to pray, with wonderful music, a time to reflect and reconnect with friends and tradition.

We offer students a chance to step off the rushing freight train of the week into a little bit of calm and peace at services, Shabbat dinner, and holiday celebrations. We provide the guidance, resources and opportunities to help you figure out, on your own terms, what it means to engage with religion and spirituality.

Student-Led Services
We believe people should take ownership of their spiritual lives. The services here are all run by students who have learned how to lead services and take on this role in the community.

Shabbat
Every week, 100 or more students and Tufts community members gather at the Granoff Family Hillel Center for student-led Reform and Conservative Shabbat services followed by dinner. Remember, you don’t have to come to services to come to dinner.

Holidays
We believe that holidays, whether Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Hanukah and Passover, are a time for celebration and meaningful reflection. We welcome everyone to join us as we eat, sing, and celebrate holidays together.

Pastoral Counseling
The Jewish Chaplain and Hillel staff serve the Tufts community in times of personal loss and crisis through pastoral counseling and a supportive community. Rabbi Jeffrey Summit and Rabbi Jordan Braunig, as well as all Hillel staff, are always available to talk to students about spiritual or personal issues and concerns.

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