UMass Amherst Jewish Affairs

Jewish Affairs

As part of the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, the Jewish Affairs program offers a range of educational programs, individual and institutional advocacy, and bridge-building activities designed to foster a safe and welcoming campus environment for Jewish and all other students... a campus which is respectful of all people regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity.

Founded in 1995 as the Office of Jewish Affairs, the program has evolved to address the needs of all religious communities on campus. Its mission was formally expanded in the summer of 2010, when the Jewish Affairs program was incorporated into a broader Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

For information about Jewish resources on campus (and in the Five College area), including Shabbat and other religious services sponsored by Hillel and Chabad, click here.

Missing class for a religious observance?
Here's the University's policy.

Chronological Index of the educational, cultural,
and dialogue programs we've sponsored since the
Office of Jewish Affairs was created in 1995.

Subject Index of the programs, articles, and other resources that can be found on this website.

        They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
           and their spears into pruning hooks.
       Nation shall not take up sword against nation,
           neither shall they learn war anymore.  
                                                                    (Isaiah 2:4)

photo of M.L.King, Ralph Abernathy, Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath

Etrog ("Moroccan Citrus") in Smith College greenhouse. Photo: Larry Goldbaum