Contacting the Chaplaincy

For more information contact:
Bard College Chaplaincy
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 203-858-8800

Cooking and Baking for Shabbat

Every Thursday evening, students meet with David Nelson (Bard's rabbi) to bake challah and prepare Shabbat dinner for our Friday evening community gathering.  Although these evenings serve a practical purpose (preparing food for Shabbat) they are also a wonderful opportunity for students to chat, relax, and engage with one another with the openness and closeness  that seem so natural in kitchens. All are welcome, and no culinary know-how is necessary!


Every Friday evening, we gather for a brief Shabbat worship service and a vegetarian Shabbat dinner. All Bardians are welcome to join us for any part of the evening.

Meditation Group

Don't believe everything you think! Twice a week we meet in our tranquil meditation space for meditation (Mondays 7-9:30 pm and Thursdays 5-6:30 pm). We sit for two rounds of meditation (30 minutes), with walking-meditation in between. Newcomers receive an introduction to meditation, meditation following. Afterwards we have tea and cookies and share stories of our life. Everybody is welcome!
Note also: Tuesday 12-12:30 Guided Meditation in the Bard Chapel.

Jumu'ah ("Friday prayer")

Jumu'ah ("Friday prayer") is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon. The prayer originated over 1,400 years ago during the times of Prophet Muhammad when the following verse was revealed to him: "O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday, hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of God, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!" (62:9). Come join us, Muslims and non-Muslims welcome!

Bard Christian Worship

Sunday afternoons at 3pm in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents. Bard Christian Worship is an ecumenical Christian service drawing on deep traditions of prayer, song, and text, and through the participation of those present, their own lived experiences.