Come join JSU as we observe the High Holidays!

Rosh Hashanah 
Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday, October 2.
Service begins at 5:30 at Abbey Interfaith Chapel
Holiday dinner served at Eliot House* at 7 (please RSVP for a catered dinner)
RH Day 1  Monday October 3rd
Morning service at UMass Hillel and/or area synagogues (which we will facilitate)
Afternoon at MHC - 4:00 pm Tashlich at lower lake.  Meet at EH lounge*.
RH Day 2 Monday October 4th
We will assist in arranging transportation
Students - note that classes are held on Monday and Tuesday, October 3 & 4
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 beforehand.
Yom Kippur 
begins on the evening of Tuesday, October 11th and continues through Wednesday October 12th. The school Fall break also occurs at this time, ending on Tuesday October 11th, with classes resuming on October 12th.  
Faculty have been alerted to this conflict and have agreed to make accommodations for students who are missing class because of their observance.
As above, please give your instructors plenty of notice about your plans.
Observance of Yom Kippur at Mount Holyoke will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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

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) 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 Back Community Shabbat for first year students with returning students on Friday, September 9th at 5:15 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 11 from 4-6 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 Photo Gallery!

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 who together share and explore religious, moral and ethical issues in a respectful and supportive environment. Learn more about us on Sunday, September 11 at a Spiritual Welcome Gathering in Abbey Memorial Chapel at 12:30 PM followed by a reception in the Eliot House Lounge at 1:30 PM.
For all things Religious & Spiritual Life go here   or Religious & Spiritual Life.

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