Jewish Community

Wellesley College fosters a dynamic, pluralistic Jewish community on campus

The Jewish community provides religious, social, educational, and cultural activities for Jewish and non-Jewish populations alike. Wellesley students have many distinct ways to explore Jewish heritage, religion, and culture from reading the Megillah on Purim to baking cookies for the homeless. 

Together, we create and nurture a caring community in which anyone interested in Judaism in all of its many forms can come to connect. Regardless of background or previous Jewish experience or knowledge, all are welcome to bring their voice, passions, and questions and to participate fully in our community. We offer a wide variety of cultural, religious, educational, social, and social-action programs on campus, and connect throughout the year with diverse synagogues, campuses, and other Jewish institutions and organizations in the Greater Boston area. Faculty, staff, and alumnae join with students for programs and holidays, which creates a thriving multi-generational Jewish community on campus. 

We have a student lounge in which all students are welcome to schmooze and to study, as well as a kosher kitchen with a stocked refrigerator and pantry for cooking meat or dairy-based meals and for snacking.

Each Friday during the semester, we gather for Shabbat services at 5:30 pm in the Multifaith Center, following which a kosher meat Shabbat dinner is served in the Jewish Student Lounge on the third floor of Billings Hall. On selected Sunday mornings throughout the year we gather for a Bagel Brunch at 10 am in the Hillel Lounge. All are welcome! For a schedule of our upcoming programs, please see Semester Events. For any questions, please contact Rabbi Dena Bodian.


Rabbi Dena Bodian Office Hours

Monday 10 - 12pm and 2 - 4pm

Thursday 12 - 2pm

Friday 10 - 2pm

(Billings 302)