Haverford JSU is an organization dedicated to hosting a variety of Jewish religious, cultural, social and education events for the Haverford College community. We host Shabbat services and dinner every Friday night. Anyone, regardless of religious affiliation or experience is welcome at any JSU event. Anyone is welcome to come for services, dinner, or both. We have our own lounge in the basement of Jones dorm, and we typically hold services there at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30.
We also put on special events for holidays, such as sukkot, a Hannukah party, a Purim Party, and Passover Seders. This past year we had both a traditional Seder and a chocolate Seder!
Haverford JSU also places emphasis on community service, as it is important to us to give back.
While Haverford JSU does not endorse a particular standpoint on Israel/Palestine political issues, we encourage dialogue and education concerning the conflict. JSU will advertise, without necessarily endorsing, Israel/Palestine-related activities and events in keeping with its goal of encouraging Jewish engagement and involvement on campus. If there is any project that you would like to have us partner with you on, we are more than open to that idea. Just contact us!
As a student-led group, JSU strives to create an inclusive spiritual and social community where Jewish students and students interested in Judaism can form friendships, celebrate the holidays, get involved in Jewish learning and social action, or do any combination of these to explore what is most meaningful to them about the tradition.
It is the vision of Haverford JSU to create a community for Jewish students that provides them with a multitude of opportunities both at their comfort level and which encourage them to engage Judaism in ways that challenge them as individuals, and us as a community. We hope to provide social connections for Jewish students, and platforms for interaction with their own spirituality.
--Judaism is an important component of many students' identities, and is a component that should be supported, nurtured, and challenged.
--Jews should be provided with opportunities to form social relationships with other Jews.
--Jews should be provided with opportunities to engage Jewish issues in the world.
--Jews should be provided with opportunities to engage and challenge their views of religion and spirituality.
--Jews should continually foster their commitment to social justice, both within and beyond the Jewish community.
--All people, regardless of their upbringing and experiences, deserve equal opportunities to explore and engage with Judaism, Jewish people, and their own Jewish identities..