Jewish Life at Wesleyan

The Wesleyan Jewish Community (WJC) / Havurah

Often referred to as the "umbrella" Jewish student organization, the WJC is responsible for coordinating a variety of social, cultural, and educational programs, and for publicizing Jewish events and matters of interest to all students who have identified themselves as members of the Jewish community. Every semester a group of committed students works hard to fulfill these responsibilities, and two or three contact people are available to answer questions and listen to concerns or ideas.


The Bayit provides a comfortable space for a number of Jewish activities, including some that occur weekly. Every Friday evening, a Shabbat program provides opportunities for prayer, discussion, singing, dinner, and socializing. Services of various styles, which begin at 5 p.m., always include a stimulating discussion on a relevant topic, and services are followed by a homemade kosher dinner (beginning at around 6:30), which ends with lively singing. Students are encouraged to participate in the conceptualizing and leading of these services which also occur with every Jewish holiday. If you are interested in leading services, contact Rabbi David Leipziger Teva., the Jewish chaplain at x2278. Traditional Shabbat morning services are held at 9:30 am. at Congregation Adath Israel (Church and Broad Streets). 

The Bayit

Centrally located at 157 Church Street, the Bayit is Wesleyan’s Jewish ethno-cultural house. Home to 22 students, the Bayit opens its doors to any member of the community wishing to use its kosher kitchen or library, hold a Jewish group meeting or event, or just hang out. In addition to these events, the Bayit houses regular meetings of the Wesleyan Jewish community and other Jewish student organizations. 

Shalom Salaam Kosher Eatery at Usdan Campus Center

All you can eat kosher food. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week, while school is in session. This eatery is under the rabbinic supervision of Rabbi David Teva.

Jewish Cooking/Shabbat Co-op

 On Friday afternoons, students cook meals to be served at Shabbat dinner (both meat and vegetarian options). There is a togetherness in cooking and it's lot of fun to cook for the enjoyment of the whole community. Students take turns volunteering for the Co-op. Don't worry if you are not Julia Child.

The Jewish Chaplain

More information about any group or program can be obtained from the Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva. You may contact him at:, or at 860-685-2278. Or just stop by 169 High Street, University’s Chaplain’s Office, Second Floor, Room 208.

Rabbi David is also available for individualized study and counseling.

The E-mail List

If you would like to be get info and updates on Jewish events on campus, or receive our weekly e-mail, contact Rabbi David Leipziger Teva at or 860-685-2278.