Amelia Ender, Jewish Chaplain
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street – Eliot House
South Hadley, MA 01075-1428

December 3, 2015


Dear New Students,

I hopt that you are anticipating this exciting new chapter in your lives with curiosity and enthusiasm!

My name is Amelia Ender and I am the Jewish chaplain at Mount Holyoke College.  I welcome you to our lovely campus and to our vibrant Jewish community.  The Jewish Student Union (JSU) is an active student group, both diverse and inclusive.  Whatever your denomination or non-denomination, you will be warmly welcomed and included; we will do our best to help you find a place to express and share your spiritual, religious, cultural and social interests and observance. 

Our pluralistic community is a rich and ever-changing venue; comprised of the ideas, interests, questions, traditions, songs, recipes that you bring from your amazingly varied and unique backgrounds, we all grow and learn from each other.  All are welcome and valued.  

Please note and mark your calendars! 

JSU and the Unitarian Universalist group are hosting a Chanukah baking and gingerbread house making event on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6th, 2-4, with candle-lighting for the first night. We're excited to welcome the holidays with this gathering! Eliot House Lounge.

We will have students at Eliot House every evening for candle-lighting during Chanukah, times to be announced.

Chanukah Community Shabbat with latkes and celebration!
Friday, December 11 at 5:15. Eliot House Lounge.

Information about all High Holiday observances and other spring programs will follow.


In addition to the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life list-serve, there is also a JSU face book page which the board will use to keep you informed.

Please feel free to contact the board chairs, Rosalie Shays (shays22r) and Elizabeth Knoll (knoll22e).

As you settle into your residence hall and begin to orient to the campus, come and visit Eliot House, the center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Mount Holyoke. In addition to a dynamic Jewish community, we are a multi-faith community who together share and explore religious, moral and ethical issues in a respectful and supportive environment.

I and the JSU board look forward to meeting you all.  Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Good journeys!

Amelia Ender
Jewish Chaplain


Click here to see the Mount Holyoke Jewish Student Union Photo Gallery!

If you have a disability and would like to attend any events at Eliot House, please contact Gaelin Higgins, 413-538-2054, or, one week in advance of the event to discuss your accommodation needs.