Jewish Life at Swarthmore

Swarthmore Hillel students

Students of Swarthmore's Hillel group gather at their table during Ride the Tide on April 24, 2014. 

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 Swat Hillel, an umbrella organization, which is comprised of several independently run Jewish student groups. In addition, Swat Hillel serves as a platform to foster, encourage, and support any Jewish activity on campus. Student groups affiliated with Swat Hillel offer a wide variety of events on campus including weekly Shabbat services and student cooked dinners, community service opportunities, lectures and events related to Israel, a Purim party, the annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate, Jewish holiday programming, and discussion groups and classes on Jewish tradition.

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