Jewish Life at Swarthmore

Students of Swarthmore's Kehilah group gather for a musical picnic on Lag B'Omer. 

Jewish life at Swarthmore is both vibrant and diverse and offers all Jews the opportunity to engage with their tradition in a meaningful way. The community is warm and welcoming and open to students from all varieties of Jewish backgrounds. The community strives to create religious, cultural, musical, intellectual, social, and service avenues through which Jewish students are able to connect with their Judaism and come together in community.

Jewish life on campus is organized under the auspices of Kehilah, a pluralistic community based on principles of radical welcoming and joyful engagement with Jewish traditions and culture. Kehilah serves as a platform to foster, encourage, and support any Jewish activity on campus. The organization offers a wide variety of events on campus including weekly Shabbat services and student-cooked dinners, community service opportunities, lectures and events related to Israel and Palestine, Jewish holiday programming, and discussion groups and classes on Jewish texts and traditions. Kehilah annually organizes a kosher for passover meal cooperative for the duration of the holiday, students contributing meal plan meals for raw ingredients, kashering our kitchen, and taking turns cooking for the Jewish student community.

Students wish to invite anyone interested in Jewish life at Swarthmore to visit programs sponsored by Kehilah affiliates and get a real taste of the vibrant Jewish community. To learn more, to become a Kehilah affiliate, or to inquire about acquiring funding, feel free to contact Rabbi Adam Lavitt, the Jewish Student Advisor at Swarthmore. You can also visit the Kehilah website for up-to-date information and events.