When it comes to Jewish life at Swarthmore, Lodge 5 is where it’s happening. Situated right next to Bond Hall, the interfaith/religious building, Lodge 5 provides easy access to services, quiet study space, and fun areas to hang out and relax.
Top Floor: Jewish Student Lounge
Newly repainted and refurnished by students just a few years ago, the Jewish Student Lounge (JSL) is a space to discuss, watch movies, play games, and relax with Swat’s Jewish community. With big comfy couches, nice tables, and a big screen TV, students regularly hang out in the JSL on Friday nights. Kehilah also holds havdalah celebrations, study breaks, and game nights in the space. Always accessible, it’s the perfect location for midday naps.
Ground Floor: Beit Midrash
On the ground floor of Lodge 5 is the Beit Midrash, Swarthmore’s Jewish text study library. Three days a week, Hebrew for Text Study courses are taught in the space. The rest of the time, students can use it as a study space to hang out, use the Hebrew books, and drink the tea that is always available in the Beit. Swarthmore Kehilah holds weekly board meetings in the Beit Midrash as well. It’s a great space for meeting with other Jewish and non-Jewish students and having a quiet place to work.
Bottom Floor: The Ruach Kitchen
In Lodge 5’s basement is the Ruach Kitchen, where students gather on Friday afternoons to cook Shabbat dinner, socialize in a relaxed atmosphere, and learn about Jewish food. The kitchen is vegetarian, and therefore is Kosher, and is nut free in order to accommodate as many of our members as possible. We regularly host fun Challah-baking sessions throughout the year. In addition, every year during Passover, Swarthmore Kehilah runs a “Pasover Co-op” in which students prepare kosher-for-passover food for one another throughout the holiday. And when you’re on that late-night paper-writing-marathon in the Beit Midrash — you might just find some leftovers to help keep you going.