How We Gather Events

Friday, September 21st

Sukkah build! | 1-5pm

Help build the Sukkah on the Library Lawn for a few minutes or a few hours. Snacks included!


Sunday, September 23rd

Sukkot Dinner | 7pm

Come join us for a dinner to celebrate the beginning of Sukkot, the Jewish fall harvest holiday, and the opening of the Sukkah to the public on the library lawn! We’ll have good food and good company and stories to tell. Bring your friends! You do not need to be Jewish to attend.

Monday, September 24th

President Bradley Office Hours | 12-2pm

Stop by the Sukkah to chat with PB.

How We Gather Community Meal | 6-7:30pm

Join the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices for a community dinner to celebrate and share our own traditions of gathering. Middle Eastern food catered by Zorona. 

Tuesday, September 25th

Crafternoon | 2-4pm

Crochet or knit garlands to hang inside the sukkah, or work on your own project. We'll supply materials (but bring your hooks & needles if you have them). Beginners welcome!

***This event has been moved to the Library Lobby due to rain!***

LBGTQ+ Dinner | 5:30-7pm

The LGBTQ+ Center leads a dinner every week. This week will be about religion, spirituality, and queer/trans identity lead by Zane Diamond. Open to students from all years.

***This event has been moved to the Aula due to rain!*** 

Astrology with Professor Jarrow | 7:30pm

Professor Jarrow will speak about the astrology of Sukkot, how the alignment of planets, signs and houses supports the holiday and its focus. He will look at cycles of the seasons, procession of the equinoxes, and offer a meditation to harmonize ourselves with the beginning of the dark time.

***Postponed due to rain!***

Wednesday, September 26th

Yoga | 9:30-10:30am

Christina Winnett (RYT200), House Advisor for Lathrop and Jewett, will lead a 60 minute yoga flow centered around empowerment, possibility, and self inquiry. This is an all levels practice; every body is welcome and assists/movement options will be provided. Please bring your own yoga mat--if you do not have access to a mat please contact to reserve one.


Buddhist Sangha | 12pm

The Buddhist Sangha will hold their weekly sitting meditation in the Sukkah.

A Rabbi and A Scribe Walk into a Sukkah | 4pm

Join Rabbi Brent Spodek and Scribe Julie Seltzer for a close reading of the Shma prayer. Rabbi Brent will ask theological questions and offer insights; the Scribe will present a "Show and Tell" of Mezuzah-writing, the small parchment containing the Shma that is placed on doorposts. The session will be followed by a Jewish Studies schmooze & refreshments. 

Sustainability Dinner | 6:30pm

RSL and the Sustainability Office are hosting a sustainability dinner for students currently involved in or interested in sustainability on campus to get together and talk over a delicious meal. This will be a great space for multiple sustainability based groups and orgs to meet each other and touch base on all the great projects going on. The event will be catered by Earth Wind and Fuego, a women-led Poughkeepsie-based restaurant focused on wellness, social justice, sustainability, community, and love. We will also have fresh produce from the Poughkeepsie Farm Project!

Community Meditation | 8:30pm

Sevine Clarey and Sophie Kaplan will open this space up for community healing. We envision group check-ins followed by a guided mediation with spoken words and melodies from a soothing hang drum.

Thursday, September 27th

Story Time in the Sukkah | 1:30-3pm

Children's books for all ages with Research Librarian Carollynn!

VSA Office Hours | 3-5pm

Astrology with Professor Jarrow | 5:30pm

Professor Jarrow will speak about the astrology of Sukkot, how the alignment of planets, signs and houses supports the holiday and its focus. He will look at cycles of the seasons, procession of the equinoxes, and offer a meditation to harmonize ourselves with the beginning of the dark time.

Unitarian Universalist Gathering | 7-8pm

UU and VJU will lead a collaborative session to discuss overlapping values, etc. All are welcome.

Friday, September 28th

Kids' introduction to the Sukkah | 10-10:30am

Wimpfheimer's 3s and 4s will visit the Sukkah and learn about the holiday. All children are welcome!

You Are Here: Mapmaking and the Love of Form | 1:30-3pm

With Shane Slattery-Quintanilla

Dog Hour | 3:30-4:30pm

Calling all dogs and petters of dogs! Stop by to spend some time with canine neighbors and friends.

"Spicy" Shabbat in the Sukkah with the Vassar Jewish Union | Service 6pm, Dinner 7:15pm

Rain Location: The Bayit, 51 Collegeview Ave

Saturday, September 29th

Disney Sing-Along with Beauty and the Beats | 1pm

Sunday, September 30th

Lovingkindness meditation | 11am

Charlotte Meng will lead a loving-kindness meditation. This meditation is a way to nurture the kindness in all of us by sending goodwill, kindness, and warmth toward others.

Tie Dye Extravaganza with International Students! | 2-4pm

Udbhav and Ekin will lead a workshop to make tie dye clothing with the international student community of Vassar College.  Feel free to bring a piece of white clothing you want to dye. T-Shirts and socks will be available at the event for a small dollar amount, as well. All are welcome! 

Musical Conversations | 5pm

Sevine will open a space where we will do away with sheet music and other forms of structured music and experiment with sound, learning how to develop our musical intuitions and our capacity to truly listen and be present. Whether you're a music major, played the recorder in 5th grade or are absolutely tone deaf, come socialize through music or just stop by for a listen! *come with any kind of instrument (flute, guitar, voice or even just yourself) for any amount of time*

*** NOTE: The Rain Location for all events is the Chapel Tower Foyer, unless otherwise otherwise specified 


Liz Aeschlimann

Director of Jewish Student Life

& Assistant Director of Religious & Spiritual Life & Contemplative Practices


Rev. Sam Speers

Associate Dean for Religious & Spiritual Life & Contemplative Practices