Shabbat at Maryland is an exciting and welcoming experience which brings over 350 students together each week to celebrate over food, programming, religious services, and social activities. The Rosenbloom Center (Hillel building) hosts both services and dinner each week, and you can find Terps leading or participating in Shabbat experiences all over campus through our DIY Shabbat Initiative, the Gorlin Family Foundation Shabbat Across Maryland (SHABBAM) program, and student-hosted dinners in apartment buildings and dorms around College Park.

Friday Night
Every Friday evening over 300 Terps come to Hillel for services and/or dinner. On a typical Friday, we’ll offer a smaller Shabbat dinner on North Campus and student-led services in the style of Reform, Conservative, and traditional Orthodox movements as well as socially-oriented programming in the Hillel building. Then students join together for a catered Shabbat dinner in our dining hall, which is free for all Maryland students – no preregistration required. Not a current UMD student? Click here to register for Shabbat dinner and let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

We have Shabbat morning services in two traditions: Conservative (once a month) and Orthodox (weekly). Services are followed by lunch in our dining hall. Some weeks we also have programming such as a special speaker, a learning session with a visiting rabbi, a student-led outing, or other special Shabbat activities. We also offer Shabbat meals for those on the kosher meal plan. Not on the meal plan? Click here to register for meals and let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

DIY Shabbat
Shake up your Shabbat and let your creativity loose! Apply to host your own Shabbat dinner with friends anytime and anywhere. We’re here to talk through what you want your Shabbat to look like.

Gorlin Family Foundation Shabbat Across Maryland (SHABBAM): Host or attend a Shabbat Dinner as a part of Maryland Hillel’s Gorlin Family Foundation Shabbat Across Maryland. Be a part of celebrating Shabbat with over 1,000 of your fellow Jewish Terps. SHABAM is one night of the semester when every person on campus has a place to go for Shabbat dinner. You bring your friends and classmates ­– Hillel will help with the food and Shabbat atmosphere. Click here to register!

Check out the following pages to learn more about Shabbat at Maryland:

Interested in Shabbat, but don’t know where to start? Email us to grab coffee and discuss where you can find your niche!