Jewish Life at Bucknell

Berelson Center for Jewish Life

Exterior of Berelson Center for Jewish Life

Welcome to Jewish Life and Hillel at Bucknell! We are a warm, laid-back and active community dedicated to fostering rich Jewish life on campus and showing up as part of the larger campus community. We are pluralistic, welcoming and always open to new ideas and partners.

The Berelson Center for Jewish Life

The Berelson Center is the hub of Jewish life on campus. Join us for Shabbat dinner or eat in our sukkah, play board games or watch a movie, or get some quiet study time in our library. Cook in our kosher kitchen, chat with the rabbi and hang out in the backyard when the weather is nice.

Jewish Life at a Glance

  • Weekly Shabbat services (Fridays, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Weekly Shabbat dinner (Fridays, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Bagel Brunch (Every other Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–noon)
  • High holiday services and meals
  • Celebrations for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover
  • Passover seder and kosher for Passover food throughout the holiday
  • Holocaust remembrance events
  • Israeli movie nights
  • Special Shabbatot like Harvest Shabbat and Pride Shabbat
  • Kosher kitchen for student use
  • Bucknell Birthright trips to Israel
  • Tzedek/social justice initiatives
  • Annual formal and other parties
  • Field trips off campus
  • Jewish Learning Fellowship
  • Multifaith Fellowship
  • Partnerships with and guest lectures from Jewish faculty and staff
  • Full-time rabbi


Hillel at Bucknell is led by a student executive board in conjunction with the following campus professionals:

Rabbi Jessica Goldberg, Hillel director and Jewish chaplain
Preston Olson, Springboard Innovation specialist
Sophia Alvarez, program coordinator
Tom Solomon, faculty adviser

Contact Details

Berelson Center for Jewish Life


632 St. George Street