The Berelson Center is the heart of Jewish life at Bucknell. We offer programs that affirm and celebrate Jewish life and contribute to the growth, enrichment and education of the Bucknell community. The center is home to the Office of the Rabbi and Bucknell's student-run Hillel, as well as both a kosher kitchen and a vegetarian kitchen for student use.
The door is always open at the Berelson Center. We strive to create an inclusive, pluralistic Jewish community on campus. Join us for Shabbat dinner or eat in our Sukkah, invite your friends to watch a game or a movie here, or get some quiet study time in our library. Our two kitchens — including a separate, certified-kosher kitchen — are inviting, open and stocked. This is your "home away from home." You can always stop in to find a friendly smile, great snacks and a listening ear.
Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer coordinates student Jewish religious life, Jewish culture, informal education, community service and other social activities. These activities are open to all members of the Bucknell Community. The rabbi's office is upstairs at the Berelson Center where students, faculty and staff are welcome to come by and visit, bring ideas and concerns. If you would like card access to the Berelson Center, please contact the rabbi at 570-577-2273.
Regular Jewish Life Events
Weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services (Friday nights)
Weekly Shabbat dinner (Friday nights)
Movie nights, lock-ins and other social events
Sukkah decorating and meals
Annual harvest dinner sponsored with the Lewisburg Community Garden
High Holiday services and meals
Kosher food and cooking
Bucknell Birthright trips to Israel
Field trips off campus
Challah baking and cooking classes
Passover Seders and eight days of Passover meals
Chair massages during finals
Hillel is organized and run by a student executive board in conjunction with the Berelson Center and Faculty Adviser Or Rogovin. Hillel works to plan and execute meaningful social and holiday programs, while networking with Jewish students at Bucknell and at other Hillels.