UMass Amherst Religious and Spiritual Life

Religious and Spiritual Life at UMass Amherst
Photo of Chapel on UMass Amherst campus

Jewish Resources at UMass Amherst

Information for religiously observant Jewish families who are planning to attend Commencement on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016... click here

For information about Shabbat and other religious services or holiday meals sponsored by UMass Hillel or Chabad, contact those organizations directly...

388 N. Pleasant St, Amherst
Phone: (413) 549-1710

CHABAD HOUSE (Traditional Orthodox)
30 N. Hadley Rd, Amherst
For information contact Rabbi Chaim Adelman
Phone: (413) 549-2008

Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC)
The Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus
is a program of the Orthodox Union in partnership with Hillel.
For more information contact Rabbi Raffi Leicht (917.294.1429)
or Ariella Leicht (516.241.2268)

Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies
(413) 545-2550

Jewish student organizations
There are several Jewish student groups at UMass Amherst, some of which (if they're currently active as Registered Student Organizations or RSO's) have a website and/or a profile on UMass Amherst Campus Pulse. To see the list of active RSO's, with contact information, go to Campus Pulse and click on the "Organizations" link, then search for the organization you're interested in learning more about:
Jewish Student Union (cultural group)
Student Alliance for Israel
(political advocacy)
J Street U
(political advocacy)
Jewish Leaders in Business

Several other Jewish student groups function under the auspices of Hillel, and you can find information about these groups (such as Kolot, the Jewish acapella group) on the Hillel website.

Kehilat Hillel Ha'azinu (KHH)
KHH is the Modern Orthodox student group at UMass Amherst,
under the auspices of Hillel.

Kosher Meal Plan (UMass Dining Services)

Local Synagogues and Jewish Schools

Photo of JCA Sanctuary

Jewish Community of Amherst (JCA)
742 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-0160

Congregation B'nai Israel (CBI)
253 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-3593

Beit Ahavah (Reform)
130 Pine Street
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 587-3770

Lander Grinspoon Academy
The Solomon Schecheter School of the Pioneer Valley

(Jewish day school, K-6)
257 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-6622

Photo: The JCA is located in a historic building which once housed the First Congregational Church (replete with organ and traditional New England steeple). The family of poet Emily Dickinson were prominent members of that congregation, a history still reflected in the beautiful stained glass windows bearing their name.

Other Jewish Resources in the Five College Area

Smith College Program in Jewish Studies

Mount Holyoke College Jewish Studies Program

Amherst College Religion Department

Amherst College Hillel
Rabbi Bruce Bromberg-Seltzer
(413) 542-8270

Mount Holyoke College Jewish Chaplain
Ms. Amelia Ender
Eliot House, Mount Holyoke College
(413) 538-2054

Chabad of the Four Colleges (Smith, Amherst, Mt Holyoke, Hampshire)

Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 256-4900

Culture Connect
Jewish arts and cultural activities throughout Western Massachusetts
(The Jewish Arts & Culture Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation)

Schoen Books
Internationally-known book dealer specializing in Judaica in all languages
and books on the Holocaust (located in nearby South Deerfield)