Shabbat Observance in Guest Halls

Shabbat is a warm communal experience in University Housing. Tables are set up in each residence hall lounge for candle lighting each Shabbat. Refreshments and board games are put out every Friday night and Shabbat afternoon in each dormitory lounge for student enjoyment. Elevators in Brookdale, Schottenstein and 35th Street residence halls, as well as Stanton Hall, are set to run automatically on Shabbat. 

Shabbat programming is aimed to be inclusive of students from all backgrounds and inclinations. To achieve the Shabbat environment we strive for, in University Housing residence halls, public observance of Shabbat is mandatory for students and guests. It is the student's responsibility and that of any guests she hosts for Shabbat to abide by the residence regulations.

  • Students' and guests' behavior and dress should be appropriate for Shabbat
  • No Shabbat candles may be lit in student rooms because of NYC fire regulations

The use of computers, radios, TVs, microwave ovens, etc., is prohibited on Shabbat. Such appliances will be confiscated immediately if this rule is violated, and the student involved will be subject to disciplinary action.