Israeli Folk Dancing


Amelia Ender is our Jewish Chaplain

Dear New Students,

I hope you all are enjoying your summers and anticipating this exciting new chapter in your lives with curiosity and enthusiasm!

I am the Jewish chaplain at Mount Holyoke College.  I welcome you to our lovely campus and to our vibrant Jewish community.  The JSU (Jewish Student Union) coordinates Jewish life on campus and is equivalent to a Hillel. Additionally, we and the other consortium colleges are affiliated with the UMass Hillel. 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.

Our pluralistic community is rich and ever-changing, comprised of your ideas, interests, questions, traditions, skills and recipes!  Listening to your stories, 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:

There will be a Welcome Community Shabbat for new and returning students on Friday, September 8th at 5:00 in Eliot House Lounge* with a home-cooked (i.e. student cooked) dinner.

The JSU Welcome and Orientation to meet and greet and learn about the community will be on Sunday, September 10th from 3:30-5 pm, also in Eliot House Lounge*.

If you would like to receive emails from the JSU Faith Group, please go to, Faith Group Contact Request form and submit the form to be up-to-date on all upcoming programs and observances.  There is also a Jewish Student Union Facebook Page!

As you settle into your dorm and begin to orient to the campus, come and visit Eliot House, the center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Mount Holyoke.  My office is on the second floor - stop by and say hello.  In addition to a dynamic Jewish community, Religious & Spiritual Life provides  an interfaith, intercultural community that together shares and explores religious, moral and ethical issues in a respectful and supportive environment. Learn more about us on Wednesday September 13th at Welcoming Interfaith Lunch at Eliot House Lounge at 12:00 PM.

For all things Religious & Spiritual Life check out our Facebook Page

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

Come Join JSU As We Observe the High Holidays!

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday September 20th

Service begins at 5:30 at Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

Holiday dinner served at Eliot House at 7:00 pm (kindly RSVP for a catered dinner)

RH Day 1 Thursday September 21st

Morning service at UMass Hillel and/or area synagogues (we will facilitate travel)

Afternoon at MHC - 4:00 pm Tashlich at Lower lake. Meet at Eliot House Lounge

RH Day 2 Friday September 22nd

We will assist in arranging transportation

Students - note that classes are held on Thursday and Friday, September 21st and 22nd. Please keep your professors and instructors informed about your plans for holiday observance. If you will be missing classes, make sure you let them know at least a week before. 

Yom Kippur

Begins on the evening of Friday September 29th and continues through Saturday September 30th. 

Evening Service begins at 6:00 pm in Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary


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