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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life


See below for our weekly schedule of gatherings for the semester. Note that there are now two 4pm meditation gatherings: Mondays and Thursdays in the ICC!


Jewish Storytelling Dinner: Sunday, March 3rd, 5:30, Fallstaffs - contact Martina Zobel 

Ash Wednesday Service with ashes: Wednesday, March 6th, 4:30 pm, Wilson Chapel, contact Parker Diggory

Purim—Tuesday, March 19th, evening: Hamantashen Baking and Learning, Tabling in Case on Wednesday and Thursday, and a Purim-themed Shabbat that Friday. RSVP requested for Shabbat dinner. Contact: Martina Zobel

Bansuri Flute Concert with Steve Gorn: Wednesday, March 20th, 7pm, Wilson Chapel, contact Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, Free for Skidmore Students. All others: 10$ at the door, open to the community. 

Documentary screening—Rosenwald: Sunday March  24th, About a Jewish philanthropist in Chicago, Julius Rosenwald, worked with Booker T Washington to address educational and housing needs of the African American community. Contact: Martina Zobel. Open to the public. 

Kosher/Soul?: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking with Michael Twitty: Monday, March 25th, 7pm, Filene. Part of the Jacob Perlow Lecture Series, open to the public. 

MSA Islamic Festival: Saturday, March 30th, 5-8pm, 2nd Floor D Hall. See the Muslim Students Association on SkidSync for more information. 

Holocaust Survivor Werner Reich: Tuesday, April 2nd, tentative time: 7pm, Gannett (timing still being confirmed). Contact: Martina Zobel.

Holy Week (Western Christian): Events from Thursday April 11th (making palm crosses!) Through Holy Week and Easter Sunday services (April 21st).  Contact Parker Diggory for schedule and participation. Plans currently in the works includ: 

  • Making Palm Crosses before Palm Sunday
  • Maundy Thursday footwashing
  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross and Open Chapel for meditation and prayer 
  • Skidmore Christian Fellowship Easter Gala
  • Sunrise Service Easter morning and transportation available to Easter services 

Passover: April 19-27. Hillel is hosting 1st and 2nd night seders and planning other programming. Appropriate food will be available in the Dining Hall for those avoiding chametz. Contact Martina to get on the mailing list or to learn more: Martina Zobel. Plans currently in the works include: 

  • First night seder on campus, catered by Dining Services and student-led
  • Second night seder opportunities hosted in smaller gatherings
  • Opportunities to learn about and share in Passover traditions 
  • After Passover pasta party 

Sound Healing Concert with Laraaji and Arji : Wednesday, April 24th, 7pm, Falstaff’s. Contact: Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, free for Skidmore students, open to the public with tickets

Ramadan: May 5—June 4th (expected):  During Exams and Senior Week one or more iftars will be hosted by MSA and ORSL. Students with questions about accomodations for meals, prayer, exam times, or other concers should contact Parker Diggory 

 Want to get involved in Religious and Spiritual Life this semester? Check out the schedule of on-campus gatherings at the bottom of this page,  contact us to get a ride to local services, and  join us on SkidSync, Facebook, and/or Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities. Come by the 2nd floor of Case Center and visit our offices near the Intercultural Center. See our staff page for more contact information. 


The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) provides opportunities for members of the Skidmore community to develop their religious and spiritual lives, which are an important part of the educational experience.

We encourage enriching dialogue, meaningful ritual and enduring friendships among people of all religious backgrounds.

We offer:

  • religious services
  • holiday observances
  • contemplative practices
  • speakers and lectures
  • educational programs
  • discussion groups
  • community-service opportunities
  • social-justice projects
  • club advising
  • individual spiritual counsel


Contacting a chaplain or spiritual advisor

During the academic year, the ORSL staff are available to meet with students regardless of religious, spiritual or secular background. Affiliated advisors and local religious leaders from specific traditions are also available on and off campus. We are happy to help students connect with leaders and communities from their preferred tradition. 

Connect with the ORSL:

  • to discuss faith, spirituality and religion
  • to connect with faith communities on or off campus
  • for prayer or spiritual counsel
  • to plan events on campus of religious and/or spiritual interest
  • if you’re navigating a time of grief or transition
  • to talk about identity and community
  • when worried about a friend or loved one
  • just to talk

To contact the ORSL, email Parker Diggory at, stop by Case Center 201-203 (near the Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Diversity Programing) or see our staff page for more details.

Wilson Chapel

Wilson ChapelWilson Chapel is a beautiful space for worship and wonder, retreat and reflection. The space does not belong to any one tradition or religion and it can be transformed easily to fit specific ritual needs. When not scheduled for campus events, it is available to the Skidmore community for personal reflection and prayer. Events at the chapel include yoga, meditation, religious prayers and services and events that explore many forms of spiritual and contemplative practice.

When not otherwise reserved, the chapel is normally open from around 6:30 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m. during the school year. Those interested in reserving Wilson Chapel for outside use, including weddings, should consult the External Facilities Rental information from the Skidmore College Scheduling Office. 

Spring 2019  

Events are open to students, staff, and faculty unless otherwise noted. 


Christian Prayer
12:15–12:35 p.m., Case Center 203, with Parker Diggory - varied traditions. All are welcome, whether prayer is a regular part of your practice or not. 

Office Hours 
Martina Zobel, 3-5 pm, Case 202. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment.    

Mindfulness & Meditation
4-4:20pm, ICC - Case 208 with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.

Restorative Yoga with Mindful Movement Club
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Wilson Chapel - students only, all levels, mats and props provided 


Office Hours
Parker Diggory, 1–3 pm, Case 203. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 


Zen Meditation
6:25–8:00 pm, Wilson Chapel. All are welcome. Meditation cushions and other supplies provided. Contact Holley Hodgins for more information.  


Tea, Text & Torah
1-1:30 pm, Case 202, with Martina Zobel. Stop by for a casual discussion of topics and texts related to Jewish tradition. All are welcome, regardless of religious background. 

Office Hours 
Jennifer Schmid-Fareed, 2-4pm, Case 201. Additional hours available. Email or stop by to chat or set an appointment. 

Mindfulness & Meditation
4:00-4:20 p.m., Intercultural Center, Case 208, with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed. Take a break and take a breath. Open to all, regardless of experience or tradition.


Jummah Prayer
gatherings occur 12:30–3:30 pm
Wilson Chapel - prayer rugs available on the hallway shelves. Contact the Muslim Students Association on SkidSync for information about specific gathering times 

Shabbat Services
5:15–6:15 pm
Wilson Chapel
Student-led egalitarian services with Skidmore Hillel. All are welcome.  

Shabbat Dinner
6:30 p.m., second floor of the dining hall unless otherwise announced. Free for students regardless of mealplan. 

Skidmore Christian Fellowship—Ignite!
7 pm, ICC - Case 208, large group gathering, contact Christian Fellowship on SkidSync for small group and Bible Study gatherings. All are welcome.  


Havdalah services on select dates in the semester.

5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel - with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed - all levels, mats provided


Quaker Gatherings
3–4 pm, Wilson Chapel
every other Sunday beginning January 27th (*note: March 24th location tbd), with members of local meetings. Gatherings begin at 3 with fellowship, followed by unprogrammed worship. All are welcome.

5–6:15 pm, Wilson Chapel, with Jennifer Schmid-Fareed - all levels, mats provided

...and more! Watch for postings about additional gatherings: holidays, club events, and more. Don't see something for your tradition or interest? Contact the ORSL to find out about additional options or starting something new. 

Schedule subject to change. See SkidSync or contact us for information or to find out about additional opportunities and local services.