- The life of the mind and the life of faith are uniquely related to each other.
- Everyone is welcome – people of all faiths, spiritualities, and personal journeys.
- Every person is treated with dignity; respecting the uniqueness of individuals, communities, and cultures.
- Community building requires hospitality, courage, and compassion.
- Heart, soul, and mind connect us all.
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“(CNN)I decided to visit Halle, Germany, shortly after moving to Berlin. I am one of a growing number of Jewish expats in Berlin, excited by the cultural outlets of the city, the cheaper rents and the diverse and open-minded Jewish life. Two weeks ago, an opportunity arose to visit a small, Russian-speaking Jewish community from the former USSR living in Halle to spend Yom Kippur with them. Our delegation was supposed to bring life and song to one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar…
Rosh Hashanah begins on sundown Sunday, September 29th and continues through nightfall, October 1st.
Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 8th and continues with a fast through to nightfall, Wednesday, October 9th.
Sukkot begins at sunset on Sunday, October 13 and continues until nightfall on Tuesday, October15th.
Divali– Sunday, October 27 (starts on October 25, ends on October 29)
The holidays of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah are celebrated from sunset on Sunday, October 20th until nightfall on Tuesday, October 22nd.
On September 3rd, Earl hall had a Religious Life Open house and Multi-faith Fair. Below is Chaplain Davis and Father O’Reilly.
The Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness and the Office of the University Chaplain. Applications are now being accepted for the January 2020 Kraft Global Fellows research trip to Turkey and the Columbia Global Center| Istanbul. The group research project will focus on the religions, cultures, and communities of Istanbul. The project is designed and directed by Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain, and Associate Provost.
Funding for the program is from the Kraft Family Fund for Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness and the Office of University Chaplain; covered expenses include round trip airfare from NYC-JFK to Istanbul and return to NYC-JFK and lodging. Students must have a current passport that will not expire before June 2020. Dates of the trip are Jan 02 through Jan 11th, 2020. Students will travel together to and from NYC. For more information click the link.
Please join us for the 2019 Baccalaureate Service! The Baccalaureate Service is a multi-faith event celebrating the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career. The Service will take place Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10am in St. Paul’s Chapel. All are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the livestream of the Baccalaureate Service. Congratulations to all 2019 graduates!
Congratulations to the Summer 2019 Kraft Global Fellows! KGF Nairobi
Global Travel Opportunity
Kraft Global Fellows
The Office of the University Chaplain’s Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. The project, led by Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain and Associate Provost. The mission of the program is to promote interfaith and cross-cultural experience and to provide an opportunity for Columbia University students to add a global perspective to their Columbia University academic experience by utilizing the resources of the Columbia Global Centers, while enriching the Columbia University community by creating opportunities for students to share their research, their experience, and the resources of the Columbia Global Centers once they return.
In June 2019, The Kraft Global Fellows Program will support students to travel to Nairobi. The group research project will focus on the religions, cultures and communities of Kenya.
Click below for the application !
Please join us for the 2019 Baccalaureate Service! The Baccalaureate Service is a multi-faith event celebrating the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career. The Service will take place Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10am in St. Paul’s Chapel. All undergraduate seniors eligible for graduation can register. All are welcome to attend.
Through the Kraft Global Fellows Program, I was given the opportunity to travel to Tunisia on a research trip for ten days. I was passionate about participating in this program because I wanted to explore issues such as racial discrimination and multi-faith interconnectivity. As someone who is concentrating in Middle Eastern Studies and is of Egyptian ethnicity, I was also interested in exploring how Tunisia differed from Egypt post-Arab Spring. I was able to learn about all these facets from the perspectives of different Tunisians.
I listened to the opinion of our tour guide, Moiz, who shared that democracy is not as important as people being able to provide for their families. However, other Tunisians disagree and see democracy as a platform for growth in their nation. These discussions allowed me to understand the complex narratives that exist about the revolution. When we met with Youssef Cherif, a political analyst and the head of the Columbia Global Center in Tunis, he shared his views on the role of international actors in Tunisia and the future of the nation. Youssef explained that following the uprising, Tunisians did not have enough ideas to lead because they were never allowed to do so. Thus, there was a vacuum that foreign influence filled. International actors are not always bad; for example, they can have a positive influence by helping the nation maintain free elections.
We were also able to meet with MP Jamila Ksiksi, the first black member of parliament, who works to fight racism and colorism. I was inspired to see and speak to a Muslim woman who helped enact a law that criminalizes racial discrimination against the country’s black minority. Furthermore, she is a voice for many people, including women, black Tunisians, and sub-Saharan Africans in the country.
To be able to take this journey with the University Chaplain, Chaplain Davis, was a rewarding experience. Through our conversations, I was able to see how faith and learning are interconnected. Not only was my experience purely academic in nature, it was also personal. I felt a semblance of home in Tunisia where I was considered to be of the people, rather than an “other.” This was evident when I was able to have conversations in Arabic, my native language, with a woman in the supermarket in Tunis and Chief Rabbi Haim Bittan in Djerba. The knowledge that I gained during the Kraft Global Fellows Program is not something I could have learned from merely reading a textbook. I look forward to bringing back new insights to discuss with my peers!