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Chabad at RIT is a home where Judaism becomes alive, current and exciting. All Jews are welcome, no matter the affiliation, denomination or lifestyle. Our vision is to open our doors to Jews of all backgrounds and to infuse the next generation of leaders with Jewish pride, internalizing all they learn and experience in order to lead meaningful lives.

Go to www.chabad.org to learn more about Chabad international, and to www.chabad.edu to find out more about Chabad Houses on campus worldwide.

Inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of blessed memory. For a glimpse into the Rebbe, click on www.therebbe.org.

To learn more go to www.chabadrit.com 



RIT Hillel is a Jewish community committed to creating a dynamic, pluralistic, diverse, and vibrant Jewish student life on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Hillel uses office and prayer space in the Schmitt Interfaith Center. Hillel also has a special programming, cooking and lounge space called Hillel House which is located in the basement of Residence Hall B. Hillel House is home to a student facilitated Kosher kitchen which provides Shabbat and holiday meals.

Hillel gathers weekly in the Jones Chapel each Friday night at 6:00 P.M. for Kabbalat Shabbat. Join us after services at 7:00 PM for kiddush or dinner in the Skalny Room. All RIT community members are welcome!

Contact Information
Nora Chernov
Jewish Student Life Engagement Coordinator

Hillel Student Leadership: HillelAtRIT@gmail.com

To learn more go to www.rithillel.org


Wolk is a deaf Jewish club. Emily Lederman is now the President of Wolk. Please email her for more information at erl3193@rit.edu.

Starting Your Own Jewish Club

If your needs are not being served by one of the Jewish organizations listed above, we encourage you to contact them and let them know. Students are encouraged to get involved in the leadership of clubs and shape them into what they want and need. 

Students are also welcome to start new clubs. However, RIT generally tries to avoid duplication of clubs. You will need to demonstrate how your club has a distinct mission and different activities from existing student clubs. To explore this option, please contact the Assistant Director for Spirituality & Religious Life, Rev. Monica Sanford, at mlsccl@rit.edu. 

Accomodations for Religious Services & Observances

RIT's attendance policy (D04.0) states "Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling normal requirements in any course. In particular, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements in advance of missing class due to personal obligations such as religious holidays, job interviews, athletic contests, etc., in order that he or she may meet his or her obligations without penalty for missing class."

What does this mean? Well, every program, class, faculty member, and supervisor is different, but here are some good rules of thumb if your class, lab, group meeting, or work schedule conflict with Shabbat or the Jewish holidays:

  1. Contact your faculty member or supervisor as early as possible to let them know of the conflict. Include specific days and times when you would not be available. 
  2. Describe the work you know you will be responsible for completing in advance, such as lecture material, chapters read, quizes or exams taken, assignments turned in, or hours made up.
  3. Request an accomodation you think is fair, such as:
    • Taking a test or quiz early
    • Rescheduling a group meeting time
    • Switching to a different lab section (permanently or temporarily) 
    • Getting the power-point slides ahead of time
    • Arranging for a classmate to take and share their lecture notes
    • Turning in an assignment early (possibly opening an online drop box earlier to avoid Shabbat)
    • Rescheduling your in-class presentation 
  4. Be open to questions and alternative suggestions or requirements. Remember that your faculty, supervisor, or group may not know a lot about Jewish observances and they are also busy and may not have a wide option of alternative times to meet. It may not always be possible to make up for missed material, but it is your responsibility to initiate this conversation with your faculty or supervisor and make the effort.
If your attempts to negotiate accomodations fail or if you just want to discuss the best way to approach the issue before bringing it up with your faculty, contact Nora Chernov (nora.chernov@rit.edu) or Rev. Monica Sanford (monica.sanford@rit.edu) in the Schmitt Interfaith Center.