Events & Programs
The Smith years are ones of growth and change. The years you spend here as a student allow for new experiences, new directions, and new challenges. It is often a time of questioning. We offer many events and gatherings to foster learning and dialogue. These programs may combine prayer, reflection, discussion and self-discovery, giving students encouragement for a lifetime of spiritual development.
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.
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
Join us for lunch and communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video. All are welcome. Contact: Al Iman
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
Religious & Spiritual Events on Campus
- John M. Greene Hall, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
An annual tradition at Smith, the Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program. The programs are free of charge and open to the general public.
Celebration of Advent
- Alumnae House Conference Hall, 5:30 p.m.
- Enjoy a festive catered dinner with candlelight, hand-bells and carol singing (as well as a special visit from a 4th century bishop). Smith students, staff, faculty, friends and family are welcome! Please RSVP to Maureen Raucher by December 1, and let us know of any dietary requirements.
Queer Talmud Kabbalat Shabbat
- Helen Hills Hills Chapel Sanctuary, 5:30 p.m.
- Dinner and service open to the Five College community: Bring in the Sabbath together and have an intimate discussion with Rabbi Lappe. For Kosher dining information, follow the registration link through the Facebook event (link above).
Queer Talmud Shabbaton
- Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Engage in a full day of study with Rabbi Benay Lappe that is open to all: abbreviated Shabbat service, CRASH talk by Rabbi Lappe, Intro to Traditionally Radical Talmud, Beit Midrash, Havdalah. Kosher lunch and dinner will be provided to those who register. More information and registration link through the Facebook event (link above).