The Reform Community at BU is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. The Minyan holds weekly Shabbat evening services as well as holiday services.
Our dynamic services provide a sense of community and celebration through music and minyan participation. Prayers and songs during services are largely in Hebrew (transliterations are provided) and/or responsive readings that can be found in our Siddur, the Gates of Prayer. Sometimes song melodies and prayer choices are centered around a theme, anything from a particular musician to favorite childhood songs. Instruments are sometimes added to the service, creating a more dynamic and lively environment. Additionally, we host several social action, educational, and social events that are open to the entire BU community. Overall, the aim of the Reform Minyan is to be an accepting community that is open to all.
The Conservative Minyan at Boston University Hillel is our traditional egalitarian prayer space. The Minyan holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night and Saturday Morning Shacharit monthly, as well as services for all holidays. These traditional services are primarily conducted in Hebrew using the Conservative Movement’s Sim Shalom.
The goal of Conservative Minyan is to provide a community to share and strengthen your religious experience on campus as you choose to define it. We congregate in song, prayer, learning, and food. In addition to services, the Conservative Minyan holds several educational and social events throughout the year. Past examples of such events include hammentashen baking for Purim and a Chocolate Seder for Passover.
As a student led group, we thrive on the leadership of students to bring the ru’achand make our time together meaningful. Additionally, the Conservative Minyan offers students an opportunity to learn the skills required for leading a service, including chanting Torah and Haftarah and receiving honors such as aliyot.
Orthodox Minyan Group
The Orthodox Minyan at Boston University is very diverse and has members from both Sephardic and Ashkenazic backgrounds. OMG members partners with the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC) to hold Shabbat and holiday services, Shabbat meals, Jewish learning opportunities, and social events. OMG holds holiday services and all weekly Shabbat services – including havdallah. These services are predominantly in Hebrew. Some of OMG’s recent social events include apple-picking, a Hanukah dance party, Mishloach Manot sales, and the annual Ballo-en-Hando Pool Tournament.
Which Community is Right for You?
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