We hope that you will take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities offered by the Asbell Center for Jewish Life. The Asbell Center, located in an historic building on High Street, sponsors Shabbat and holiday celebrations, cultural programs, lectures, discussion groups, and social justice projects. In addition to serving as the home base for Hillel, the Asbell Center also hosts the kosher cooking club and the Jewish men’s group, both of which started just last year.
Our building features a kosher kitchen, a beautiful sanctuary with stained glass windows, a third-floor lounge with TV room, and a living room/dining room where meetings, meals, seminars, and film screenings are held. We are introducing electronic card access this Fall, so that students will be able to use the building in the evenings and on weekends to do homework, plan activities, or just hang out!
In line with the college’s emphasis on “engaging the world,” we encourage students to travel to other places in order to experience different aspects of Jewish life. As a “Small and Mighty” Campus under Hillel International, we have slots for birthright trips to Israel—don’t miss the opportunity to spend ten days in the Jewish homeland! For the third time, the Asbell Center is organizing an amazing Alternative Spring Break social action trip to South America under the auspices of Hillel Argentina. And throughout the year, we will offer exciting Jewish-themed day trips to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.
There will be a number of options for the High Holidays. The local Reform congregation, Beth Tikvah, sponsors lay-led services on campus for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will also obtain High Holy Day tickets to different Harrisburg-area synagogues and provide van transportation to those services. We will have two Rosh Hashanah dinners, one in the Asbell Center and one in the home of a local Carlisle family who host dozens of students each year. And we will have many other holiday celebrations as well, including a Break-the-Fast for Yom Kippur and a Sukkot observance at the college’s organic farm.
We hope to meet many students at some of the Orientation activities, including the cooking and art workshops on Friday, August 27th in the Asbell Center, the Shabbat service on Friday evening, August 27th in the Asbell Center, and the bagel brunch on Sunday, August 29th at 11:15 in the Depot! Please see the Jewish Life Fall 2010 information below for details:
ASBELL CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE FALL 2010
Events and holidays are open to all!! Please stop by to visit our newly updated building and student lounge.
Friday, August 27th, 1:00pm Discovering Dickinson
Asbell Center (Cooking and Art workshops)
Friday, August 27th, 6:00pm Hillel Shabbat Services
Asbell Center (Refreshments to follow Service)
Sunday, August 29th, 11:00 am Tour of the Asbell Center
Sunday, August 29th, 11:15am Jewish Life Bagel Brunch
Wednesday, September 8th, 7:00pm Erev Rosh Hashanah – Oneg to follow
Memorial Hall (For details please go to
Wednesday, September 8th, 6:00pm Rosh Hashanah dinner Celebration
Asbell Center (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations)
Wednesday, September 8th, 6:00pm Rosh Hashanah dinner Celebration at Mr. & Mrs. Levin’s home
(Please email email@example.com to make reservation)
Thursday, September 9th, 9:30am Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Memorial Hall (For details please go to
Friday, September 10th, 9:30am Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Asbell Center (For details, please to
Please go to http://www.dickinson.edu/student-life/resources/asbell-center/content/High-Holy-Days/ to view Harrisburg Services and van transportion info. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations.
Friday, September 17th, 7:00pm Kol Nidre
Saturday, September 18th, 9:30am Yom Kippur Morning Service
Stern Center Yizkor Service – 11:00am
Chanting and Meditation Service – 4:00pm
Evening Service – 5:30pm
Saturday, September 18th, 7:15pm Break-the-Fast