Jewish Life at Georgetown

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Explore Jewish Life at Georgetown

Georgetown is great place to experience a relevant, vibrant and transformative Judaism and home to a welcoming, friendly and diverse Jewish community that is hundreds strong.

Together with faculty, staff, and our Rabbi, we empower one another to progress along our personal journeys and to discern our unique roles in delivering a brighter future for the Jewish people and for the world.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: Connection, Confidence, Concern

Jewish Life at Georgetown aspires to advance the life and growth of every self-defined Jewish student during their time at Georgetown through building Connection, Confidence, and Concern for each person.

Engaging a GUish Community at Georgetown: Connection

Feeling a sense of belonging in both one’s immediate Jewish community and in the global Jewish community

Georgetown provides many distinct avenues for connecting with Jewish Life on campus and off, including:

  • The office for Jewish Life and a full-time on-campus Rabbi
  • Numerous distinct Jewish student-led organizations
  • Bayit – our residential Jewish Interest Living and Learning Community
  • DC Connects – our fund for exploring Jewish DC
  • International programs in Israel and abroad, and
  • Vibrant Jewish studies coursework through the university’s Program for Jewish Civilization.

Dedicated to getting to know every Jewish student on campus by name and by story, GUish Interns help new and unaffiliated Jewish students connect with Jewish Life at Georgetown and the D.C. area. Through one-on-one conversations, small interest group meetings, cultural events and ongoing relationships, interns become friendly companions for new students’ foray into all things Jewish at Georgetown.

Fostering Knowledge and Formation: Confidence

Feeling secure in one’s Jewish identity and level of Jewish knowledge

Jewish Life at Georgetown overflows with Jewish educational and experiential opportunities that promote Jewish confidence, like:

  • Weekly Shabbat services and dinners
  • Regular holiday observances
  • Rabbi-led learning series
  • Shabbat retreats
  • Classes on everything from Biblical Literature to Philip Roth
  • Both a minor and a certificate in Jewish Civilization

A deep and authentic passion for a brighter future for the Jewish people and for the world

In partnership with departments across the university, Jewish Life at Georgetown provides numerous opportunities to develop and act on their Jewish and justice concerns, including:


Supporting student initiatives (“If you will it, we’ll help you make it happen.”)

Providing small group Jewish learning (“If you want to study it, we’ll teach it.”)

Providing one-on-one meetings or on-going pastoral care with our Rabbi (“If you need us, we’re here for you.”)

Providing significant opportunities for student leadership (“If you do it, we’ll train you in doing it even better.”)

Providing remarkably dynamic, well-known and high-quality Jewish speakers and events both on campus and in the greater DC area.


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Where to find us

Makom — The Jewish Gathering Space in the Leavey Student Center is the hub of Jewish life. It houses weekly Shabbat services, meetings, cultural events, study and social gatherings.

Rabbi Gartner’s office — located in the historic Healy Hall along side all of our various university chaplains and is a center spot for student pastoral care, learning, and open-door impromptu conversation.