President Bravman attends Passover Seder

    President Bravman attending a Passover Seder.

Campus Jewish Life, part of Bucknell's Office of Chaplains and Religious Life, and the student-run Hillel enable students to experience and explore the many facets of Jewish life and thought. Together, they offer programs that affirm Jewish heritage and contribute to the growth and education of the Bucknell community.

Campus Jewish Life encourages sharing familiar rituals and traditions while seeking new ideas that challenge students and provide opportunities for personal and communal growth. It provides religious services and, with Hillel, plans and promotes a variety of social and educational programs. These include dinners, trips off campus, movies, tzedekah projects and interactive learning programs facilitated by both the rabbi and faculty members.

Rabbi Serena Fujita, our Jewish chaplain, has led Bucknell's Jewish community since 2000. She works with a student board and a faculty/staff advisory committee to provide leadership in Jewish religious life, Jewish culture, informal education, community service opportunities and other activities to both Jewish and non-Jewish members of the Bucknell community.

The Berelson Center for Jewish Life, 632 St. George St., is home to Bucknell's Jewish community. Students can study, relax, do laundry and cook meals in one of the Center's two kitchens (kosher and non-kosher).

Weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services, followed by Shabbat dinner, are held in the Berelson Center chapel.

More about Jewish life at Bucknell

Programs and events

Campus Jewish Life and Hillel offer many ways for students to become involved, including

  • Weekly Shabbat dinners following services
  • Bi-weekly bagel brunches
  • Holiday dinners, including Passover Seders
  • Educational programs, facilitated with the help of faculty members
  • Weekly Torah study led by Rabbi Fujita
  • Trips to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., the Tenement Museum in New York City, and other Central Pennsylvania schools for Jewish community events
  • Annual Taglit birthright Israel trips
  • Service trips abroad - to Eastern Europe, Russia, Peru, Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro, Cuba and Morocco
  • Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah commemoration - special campus-wide events that focus on the Holocaust and hate crimes
  • Interfaith dinners

Contact us

Rabbi Serena Fujita
Jewish Chaplain
Berelson Center for Jewish Life, 570.577.2273
serena.fujita@bucknell.edu

Linda Godfrey
Religious Life Assistant
Berelson Center for Jewish Life, 570.577.3677
linda.godfrey@bucknell.edu

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