August 24, 2014

Dear New Students,

I hope you have enjoyed your summers and are entering 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 as well as social, interests and observance. 

Our pluralistic community is a rich and ever-changing venue, comprised of the ideas, interests, questions, traditions, songs, recipes - which you bring from your amazingly varied and unique backgrounds!  We are all the students and the teachers, learning and growing from each other’s experiences, stories, questions, challenges.  All are welcome and appreciated.   
Please note and mark your calendars!

      JSU Welcome (Bagels and Lox) Brunch – Sunday, September 14th 1-3 at Eliot House

This is a community-wide social gathering to meet, help you orient to Jewish life on campus, and hear from each other. 

Additionally, please feel free to submit a Faith Group Contact Request Form so we can let you know about all upcoming programs and observances, including Shabbat and High Holidays.  There is also a JSU face book page which the board will use to keep you informed. 

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. In addition to a dynamic Jewish community, we are an interfaith community who together share and explore religious, moral and ethical issues in a respectful and supportive environment.

I look forward to meeting you all.  Please feel free to get in touch with me at any time.

Good journeys!

Amelia Ender
Jewish Chaplain

Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street – Eliot House
South Hadley, MA 01075-1428

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.