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Any student who is planning to miss classes during the upcoming Jewish holidays Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur, September 28-30, and October 7-8) is expected to speak with her/his professors as soon as possible.

To see the schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and events, go to

http://www.wesleyan.edu/orsl /jewish/schedule.html

Wesleyan’s policy is as follows: “The following information on the observance of religious holidays is provided to alert members of the Wesleyan community to possible scheduling conflicts. Faculty are asked to accommodate students whose religious holiday observance conflicts with paper deadlines or scheduled examinations.  Not all holidays require absence from routine commitments. Questions about the holidays may be directed to the University Chaplains.  Students who have questions about class attendance and assignments should consult with their Class Dean.”


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Spirituality Tour 9/13

Come discover serene locations on campus beyond the standard Admissions Tour.

Meet outside of the Admissions Office at 4:45 p.m.,  Tuesday 9/13.

Wesleyan Asks What IF?
aka how to push social justice and action to a new level

we replaced religious intolerance with cooperation? What IF… we used our differences to work together? What IF… people of different faith traditions come together and change the world?

Come learn about the “Better Together” Campaign, which empowers students to speak out about the power of interfaith action, mobilizes students from all faith backgrounds (and lack thereof), and sustains service work on campus. There will be a guest speaker, discussion, and FREE DINNER!

When: Monday, Nov. 22, 5-7PM
Where: Daniel Family Commons
Why: because interfaith is awesome!

Sunday, March 28, 2010
Palm Sunday
Memorial Chapel, 2pm

Wednesday, March 31
Lenten Luncheon/One Great Hour of Power
Memorial Chapel, 12:10pm-1pm
Worship & Lunch to follow in Zelnick Pavilion

Thursday, April 1
Labyrinth Walk
Wesleyan Labyrinth, 6:30pm

Friday, April 3
Good Friday Service
Memorial Chapel, 8pm

Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunrise Service
Harbor Park , 6am
Transportation provided.*

Easter Sunday Worship
Memorial Chapel, 2pm

*To schedule transportation, call Pastor Joan at 860.685.2275.

The Orientation Program is seeking four Interns to assist with the planning and implementation of the Orientation Program for the incoming Class of 2014 and the new transfer, exchange & visiting students. Interns plan both International Student Orientation (ISO) and New Student Orientation (NSO) with position responsibilities varying based on specific assignments.

These internships provide students an excellent opportunity to learn about large-scale event management and higher education administration, and to help lead one of the most important events on campus: the welcoming of new students to the University.

Duties: As an Intern, you will be an integral part of the planning and implementation of Orientation. You will work with professional staff in creating interesting, informative programs and activities for new students. Interns will monitor email and phone lines, answering questions from new students and families related to all aspects of life at Wesleyan. They will also be instrumental in training and supporting student Orientation Leaders, and will serve as point persons for specific events during Orientation.

Qualifications: Students who will be returning to Wesleyan in the Fall of 2010 are eligible to apply. Successful candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, sound judgment, experience and/or interest in working with diverse student populations, an ability to work independently and with a group, organizational and planning skills, strong computer skills, and a willingness to work with staff to make the transition to Wesleyan as smooth, enjoyable and informative as possible for all new students.

Terms and benefits:
Period of internship: June 1 – September 5, 2010
Hours per week: 35
Compensation: $8.25 an hour plus on campus housing.

Applications: Click here to apply online or here to download a paper application.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, February 5th. Selected candidates will be interviewed mid-February and notified before spring break.

If you have questions, please contact:

Timothy Shiner
Director, New Student Orientation

Chanukkah 2009 at Wesleyan

chanukkahPlease join the Wesleyan Jewish Community for nightly candle lighting this Chanukah. Every night, we will celebrate the holiday with special snacks and other fun activities. The holiday begins Friday, December 11th, with candle lighting in the Bayit at 6:00 p.m. The schedule for the rest of the holiday is as follows:

  • Saturday 12/12: Zelnick Pavilion at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 12/13: Olin Library Lobby at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday 12/14: Nic Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12/15: Usdan Lobby at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12/16: Butt C Lounge at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12/17: Fauver Fishbowl at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday 12/18: Bayit at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Kovach, a religion major at Wesleyan, has had a rich and varied career in international service.  Come hear him discuss his experiences in the Foreign Service, plans for the Office of International Religious Freedom under the Obama administration, his work in the Muslim world, and how his own spiritual journey both influenced, and was influenced by, these experiences.

Thursday, November 12, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Usdan 108

Pizza lunch will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Career Resource Center, the Religion Department, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Office of Diversity and Strategic Partnerships.

amenAmen’s (Amir Paiss, Gabriel Meyer Halevy) music serves as spiritual ambassador of a renewed and vibrant spirit of Israel.

Ancient Hebrew and new sacred texts (English, Spanish, Aramaic and a twist of Arabic put to original melodies recorded all over Costa Rica, Crete, Sinai, Tel Aviv, NY, CA, Australia) and the planet.

Hateva: Skin of God — their second CD — is deep ecology to global sacred beat.

Amen’s up-to-date and intimate version of a multicultural and deeply inclusive Judaism inspires healing, awakening and transformation.

Friday October 30, 6:00 p.m.
World Music Hall, CFA


Soul Matters Every Monday

Soul Matters is an interreligious conversation about what matters most: Love your Neighbor, the Pursuit of Happiness, the Identity of Women, and the Controversial Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Mondays 4:15 – 5:45
PAC 422

Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Soul Matters

An interreligious conversation about what matters most

  • Love your neightbor
  • The pursuit of happiness
  • The identity of women
  • The controversial texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Mondays, 4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., PAC 422

Muslim, Jewish,, Christian, Catholic, and Protestant panel from the Wesleyan Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

  • Sister Marwa Ally
  • Rabbi David Teva
  • Father Hal Widmer
  • Pastor Joan Burnett

Refreshments will be served!

A non-credit course.

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Any student who plans to miss classes during the upcoming Muslim or Jewish holidays (Ramadan August 20- September 20, Eid September 21, Rosh HaShanah/Yom Kippur, September 18-20, and September 28) is expected to speak with her/his professors as soon as possible.

To see the schedule for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and events, go to

Wesleyan’s policy on observance of religious holidays is as follows:

“Faculty are asked to accommodate students whose religious holiday observance conflicts with paper deadlines or scheduled examinations. Not all holidays require absence from routine commitments. Questions about the holidays may be directed to the University Chaplains. Students who have questions about class attendance and assignments should consult with their Class Dean.”

Please join us for the annual Wesleyan Passover Seder on Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 p.m., in Beckham Hall.

Join us for a night of stories, song, ritual, yummy food and conversation. Open to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

To rsvp: email esavage@wesleyan.edu cost is $16.95 in points or 1 meal and $6.95.
Please include your WESID #.  For more info, go to:  http://www.wesleyan.edu/chaplains/jewish/passover.html

  • Islamic Finance: Islamic Solutions to Global Financial Crisis,” Taha Abdul-Basser, Chaplain of the Harvard Islamic Society. Monday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 002.
  • Film screening: “Bilal’s Stand.”  Followed by discussion with director Sultan Sharrief. Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Environmental Ethics and Islam: Providing a Pragmatic Model,” Faraz Khan, senior wetland scientist for the State of New Jersey. Friday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Film screening: “Khuda Kay Liye (In the Name of God).” Awarded the Silver Pyramid Award for Best Picture at the 31st Cairo International Film Festival.  Followed by Q&A with Noumaan Shamsi ’10. Monday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 002.
  • The Injustice of the Justice System: Muslims’ Civil Rights in America,” Imam Mahdi Bray, civil and human rights activist and Executive Director of the Muslim American Society’s Freedom Foundation (MAS Freedom). Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. in PAC 001.
  • Baba Ali Comedy Show.  Baba Ali, founder of Ummah Films, a Muslim film company that has produced popular web series including the “Reminder” and “Ask Baba Ali” series. Friday, February 27, 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

Sponsored by: Muslim Student Association, SBC, Student Activities

Numerous religious and spiritual services are offered each week on the Wesleyan campus. If you have questions about religious and spiritual communities at Wesleyan, please contact Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2278.

Service Day and Time Location Contact
Buddhist Meditation Weekdays 7:00 a.m.
Tu., Th., 6:30 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m.
Buddhist House
356 Washington
Nathan Ratner ’10
Catholic Mass Su., 9:00 p.m. Memorial Chapel Father Hal Weidner
Hindu Satsang Fr., 5:00-6:30 p.m. Chaplain’s Lounge
169 High St: second floor
Anand Venkatachalam,

Kumar Sarkar

Meditation Tu., Th., 7:30 a.m. Freeman Center for East Asian Studies – 343 Washington Terrace Professor Bill Johnston
Muslim Jumma Prayers Fr., 1:00 p.m. Muslim Prayer Room – 169 High Street Marwa Aly
All Campus Worship Su., 2:00 p.m. Memorial Chapel Pastor Joan Burnett
Shabbat Services and Dinner Fr., 6:15 p.m. Bayit
157 Church St
Rabbi David
(contemplative gathering with simple ritual, followed by vegetarian dinner)
Wed., 5:30 p.m. 169 High Street, second floor Greg Besek
Wesleyan Christian Fellowship
Fr., 7:30 p.m. Usdan 108 Vivian Lew

Navaratri, one of India’s major festival celebrations, is a time to see family and friends, enjoy music and dance, and seek blessings for new endeavors.  This year’s Navaratri festival will feature traditional Indian music and dance while at the same time giving audiences a glimpse at the contemporary arts scene. The student group, Shakti, is hosting a series of pre-festival activities which extends Navaratri into nine (nava) nights of performances and events including concerts by some of India’s leading artists, a film screening, a dance workshop, a celebratory feast and an honoring of Navaratri’s religious traditions at a culminating worship service.

The Center for the Arts and the Music Department invite you to become acquainted with one of the most exciting cultural traditions at Wesleyan by offering you a complimentary ticket to the event of your choice (Bhojanam feast not included).  To obtain your free ticket, visit the University Box Office on the first floor of Usdan Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or present your student ID at the door. For more information, contact the Box Office at 860-685-3355.

A complete listing of Navaratri events is available on the CFA website.

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