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The Smith years are ones of growth and change. The time you spend here as a student allows for new experiences, new directions, new challenges, and often, questioning. We offer weekly programming and other religious and spiritual events to foster learning and dialogue. These programs may combine reflection, discussion, prayer and self-discovery, giving students encouragement for a lifetime of spiritual development.

If you have an idea for a program, please contact Maureen Raucher or Kim Alston.

Religious & Spiritual Events on Campus

Observing Holidays

It can be both a joy and a challenge to take the time to observe your religious holidays during college. The Center for Religious & Spiritual Life offers on-campus programming for several religious holidays, and we can help you find services in the community for other holidays. College policy states that any student who is unable to attend classes, exams or work due to a religious observance will be excused and given an opportunity to make it up.

Local Congregations & Places of Worship

Local congregations are very welcoming to students, and offer worship and other programs that are open to the public. See our list of local congregations and places of worship.

Weekly Programming


Mondays 5-6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. This will be a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Meditation instruction will be offered at the start of the meeting, so beginners are always welcome, and there will be time for questions and some dialogue, as well. Contact: Ruth Ozeki

Soup, Salad & Soul

Fridays Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge

Soup, Salad & Soul is a soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty, and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and various other topics introduced by student leaders. All are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion! Contact: Emmett Wald

Jummah Prayer & Lunch

Fridays 12:15-1:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary or Wright Hall Prayer Space

Join us for lunch and communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video. All are welcome. Contact: Al Iman

SCJC Shabbat

Fridays at 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome. Contact: SCJC