Welcome to Fall 2014 @ UMass!

R. Yosi and Sheera Eisen are thrilled to welcome new and returning students to campus for the new academic year. As per tradition, UMass JLIC welcomed freshman, transfer, and returning students to their home–this year for Seudat Shlishit, Maariv, and a festive Havdala over the Freshman NSO Shabbat.

Freshman Weekend2

Amongst the other Back-to-School highlights were an impromptu visit from Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, the Chancellor of UMass Amherst during the UMass Hillel Open House on Erev Shabbat.

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JLIC Parent Weekend is Back!

JLIC Parent Weekend 2014

Who: Any Parent or Parents of a current JLIC student

What: JLIC Parent Weekend 2014

When: February 28- March 2 2014

Other Details:

Those wishing to join for all or part of the weekend will be asked to register and submit payment for the weekend (Due by February 7th please) . The cost of the weekend will be $100 a family.

Registration is open now! CLICK Here to register.

Hotel Rooms are once again available at the Campus Center Hotel. Reservations can be made through the hotel website, or by calling the hotel directly at 413.549.6000. The deadline for reserving your room as part of the JLIC block is January 31 2014. Please be sure to use the code: JLIC14C when making your reservation.

If you would like to receive up-to-the-minute updates about Parent Weekend 2014, please consider following our blog.


Contact Sheera directly.

Form for Lighting Candles in Dorm Rooms!!



Residential Life

University of Massachusetts Amherst


Directions: Please complete this form, and return it to the Residence Director of your cluster.  You will be notified, in writing, of the decision to grant the request.


Candle Policy: Candles are not permitted in the residence halls. Candles may be used for religious purposes only in designated lounges of residence halls.  If you plan to light religious candles, you must:

  1. Complete this agreement, and obtain written permission from your RD or ARD.
  2. Use candlesticks that do not exceed four (4) inches in height.
  3. Place the religious candlesticks on a table or desk completely cleared of other material, away from shelves and open windows.
  4. Position candlesticks in a pan containing one-half inch of water.  The pan must be large enough to catch the candles if they fall.
  5. Light the religious candles only during the times noted on the signed agreement.
  6. Remain in the designated lounge as long as the candle is burning.


Person Responsible:___________________________________________________________________


Phone #:__________________ ID #:_____________________________ Room #:_________


Date of planned candle use:_______________________________________________________


Time of planned candle use:___________           TO ________________________________


Location of planned candle use:___________________________________________________


Intended Audience:_______________________________ # of participants:________________


Reason for use of candles:________________________________________________________






I agree to abide by the candle policy as outlined above.


Signature:_____________________________________ Date:__________________

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For Office Use Only:


APPROVED               DENIED          A/RD Signature:______________________________________



Commencement 2013

Commencement Weekend is a busy time and we recognize that balancing Shabbat with the festivities will be a challenge. In crafting the schedule below, we have tried to respect all the ceremonies as best we can. 

Below is the schedule for minyanim, Shabbat meals, and learning.

Friday Schedule: (Commencement Ceremonies are 5-6:30pm in the stadium)
7:42 pm Candle lighting @ Hillel
7:45 pm Services @ Hillel
8:30 pm Seudat Shabbat @ Hillel  (Dinner $15; UMass students free) REGISTER HERE by May 6th

Shabbat Day Schedule:
(Commencement Ceremonies begins at 9am)

promptly at 6.30am Orthodox service @ Hillel (coffee will be available at 6.15am)
11am-1pm lunch @ Hillel (Lunch $10; UMass students free) // REGISTER HERE
6:00 pm Pirkei Avot on the Deck @ The Eisen’s House
7:15 pm Mincha @ Hillel
7:45 pm Seudah Shlisheet, @ Hillel ($5; UMass students free) // REGISTER HERE 
8:40 pm Maariv/Havdalah, @ Hillel

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

For students who would like to come to meals, please register as well using any of the links above.

Passover Across America with NJOP and JLIC

umass color flyer

JLIC is once again partnering with the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP) to bring “Passover Across America” to Amherst!

As part of the celebration, students will gather at the Eisen’s Home on each of the first two nights of Pesach, for a special traditional seder experience.

On Monday March 25th 2013, the Seder will begin at 8.00 PM and Tuesday at 8.45 PM.

While this Seder program is made available through the generous support of NJOP and JLIC, those interested in making a pre-Pesach contribution to the Umass JLIC program are encouraged to Click HERE.

Online Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend either Seder (or both) please be in touch with Rabbi Yosi directly via email or phone (617.935.2843).

Chag Kasher and Sameach!