The following list includes official clubs and informal groups. Some are religious in focus; others include religious and spiritual events in their overall programming. Groups are open to all students, regardless of background or religious identity, and often include members from a range of religious backgrounds who are interested in learning more about specific traditions. Current students: Check SkidSync for updates and more information about specific clubs. Prospective students: Contact our office or fill out our interest form if you would like to get in touch with student leaders from these groups.
Challah for Hunger
Bake challah bread, sell challah bread, raise money and awareness to fight food insecurity and hunger! Grounded in the rich Jewish traditions around challah and tikkun olam, this club is made up of students of different religious traditions and backgrounds who are all interested in addressing food insecurity. No baking experience required! Find C4H on SkidSync or contact the Jewish Student Life Coordinator, Martina Zobel, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Skidmore Christian Fellowship (CF) is a member chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. CF meets weekly in large group (Ignite, on Fridays) and small group gatherings and plans larger events, holiday celebrations, service projects, and retreats on and off campus. Current students: Find CF on SkidSync or contact the ORSL for more information.
Hayat is a South Asian cultural club that includes religious and cultural celebrations and observances in its programming. Hayat explores and and raises awareness about the diverse and common cultures, social trends, traditions, and politics of South Asia. The club also hosts events at religious and cultural festivals (for e.g. Diwali, Eid, Holi, Garba, etc) and collaborates with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and other clubs to host events and provide spaces for exploring and learning about a wide range of cultural identities and practices. Find out more about Hayat on SkidSync or by contacting the ORSL or Office of Student Diversity Programs.
Skidmore Hillel provides a community for Jewish students and serves as a resource for those interested in Jewish culture and religion. All are welcome. Hillel hosts weekly Shabbat services and dinners and provides opportunities to participate in Jewish holiday observances. Skidmore Hillel works to create an open, accessible and vibrant community. They host social, educational and Tikkun Olam (social action) events throughout the semester and work closely with the Coordinator of Jewish Student Life and other offices on campus to enrich Jewish life and interfaith engagement for the whole community. Current students: find Skidmore Hillel on SkidSync. You can also follow Hillel on Facebook, Instagram, and contact the ORSL Jewish Student Life Coordinator for more information.
Mindful Movement Club
Mindful Movement Club may be on "pause" as of 2021. Current students: Interested in getting it going again or participating in similar programming and events? Contact the Mindfulness Program Coordinator, Jennifer Schmid-Fareed (email@example.com). Mindful Movement is an all-inclusive meditative movement club. Through regular classes and special workshops students explore a variety of movement-based practices including improvisational, yoga, and meditative movement.
Muslim Students Association
The Skidmore MSA is one of our newest clubs working with the ORSL. The MSA, often in partnership with other clubs and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, builds community for Muslim students and raises awareness about Islam on campus while collaborating in interfaith and cross-cultural programming as well. Programming includes social gatherings, educational events (Islamic trivia, anyone?), prayer gatherings including student-led Jummah, trips to mosques, Ramadan gatherings and support, Eid and other holiday celebrations, and community service projects. Current students: find the MSA on SkidSync. More information: ORSL .
The Newman Club provides means for the spiritual, intellectual and social development of Catholic students (and those interested in Catholicism) at Skidmore. Newman Club students help coordinated attendance at Mass off campus each week and help to plan on-campus Mass (hopefully a few times each semester). The club also gathers regularly on campus with past events including social outings (skating!), rosary walks through the North Woods, Bible Study, invited speakers, Advent Wreath making, Ash Wednesday observances, and more. Current students: find Newman Club on SkidSync. Contact the ORSL for more information.
(Note: We hope to bring the opportunity back in Fall 2021. Contact the ORSL if you are interested!) A group of students has gathered with members of local Quaker meetings every other week at Wilson Chapel for social time and worship. The group is open to Quaker students as well as those interested in learning more about the tradition. Contact the ORSL for more information.
What about other traditions?
Don't see your tradition listed here? Looking for something not offered by these clubs? Some students choose to start their own clubs or informal gatherings focusing on specific traditions or topics. Talk to the ORSL, and we can help you get started, join with groups already in progress, and connect with advisors on and off campus. Gatherings hosted by the ORSL and its partners beyond these clubs include: Interfaith Cafe, the Mindfulness Program (meditation, sound healing, yoga, and more), Jewish Student Life programming (like the weekly Tea/Text/Torah discussions), weekly Zen meditation gatherings and more!