Jewish Cultural Celebration

Jewish Cultural Celebration 2021

November 15-19, 2021


UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region including, but not limited to, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only.  We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

Jewish Cultural Celebration Kickoff

Monday, November 15  |  5 pm  |  Dining at the Top of the UC

Join the Jewish Student Association for a themed dinner in the University Center.  We’ll tell you about our upcoming events for the Jewish Cultural Celebration!

Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Performance:  Bagles & Fraylox Klezmer Band

Tuesday, November 16  |  7 pm  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Five members of Bagels & Fraylox in coordinated blue, white, and black shirts, stand together

The five-piece band features wailing clarinets, accordion, saxophone, upright bass and drums and a history of bringing joy to audiences in eastern Virginia and beyond for the last 20 years.  Its version of klezmer mixes lively wedding and party music of 19th century Eastern Europe with strains of Yiddish theatre and American dance band music of the early 1900s. Then it adds influences from Romani tunes, American folk music, rock, bluegrass, Latin grooves and hip-hop.  “Check your religion at the door—you don’t have to be Jewish to dig Bagels & Fraylox Klezmer Band.”

The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID (and how we can help)

Wednesday, November 17  |  7:30 p.m. |  Room 110, Monroe Hall  

Join us as we talk about different ways people have been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and learn some small ways everyday people can help them. 

Challah Making at Hillel 

Thursday, November 18  |  5 pm  |  Maxine and Carl D. Silver Hillel Center 

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Learn how to make the delicious, braided bread that is a staple at weekly dinners in a Jewish household. 


Friday, November 19  |  5 pm  | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

RSVP for the Shabbat Dinner

The Sabbath is the day of rest for the Jewish community. It begins at sundown on Friday and continues until three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night.  During this time, Jews abstain from labor of any kind and spend the day with families. Come end the week and learn about Shabbat with all its different traditions!  Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours is required for attendees.

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or  Visit  

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