Student Religious Organizations

Hillel Society

The W&J Hillel Society, an organization for Jewish students at the College, is designed to provide social, religious and educational opportunities. Each year Hillel sponsors bagel brunches, Jewish holiday celebrations and social and educational opportunities. Students have an open invitation to attend Beth Israel Synagogue in Washington on such occasions as High Holy Days and Passover.

Advisor: Dr. Dana Shiller

Interfaith Leadership Club

The Interfaith Club aims to educate the students at Washington & Jefferson College and the people of the City of Washington on the diverse faiths and world views that the people of this world subscribe to. The first step to peace is understanding. In order to have a pluralistic society, we need to understand where we all come from. ILC is a bridge-building organization that engages in community service, especially in the City of Washington, in order to encourage relationship building, show the power of interfaith organization, and improve the world. The ILC also serves as an advocacy group to students who have been discriminated against for religious reasons.

Newman Club

The Newman Club provides opportunities for social, spiritual, educational and service opportunities for students who are Catholic or interested in the Catholic faith. The name "Newman" is used to honor John Henry Cardinal Newman, a 19th century English priest, who dedicated his life to bringing together theology and scientific investigation. He believed in the virtues of a liberal education, academic inquiry and the modern Idea of a University.

The Newman Center is the home of the Club's activities offering weekly mass and other spiritual activities during the academic year. Annual events include a Seder Dinner, Easter Egg Hunt, Italian Festa, 5K Mission Race, Oktoberfest and Christmas Celebration. The Center is part of Immaculate Conception Parish in Washington and is supported financially by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is located across from The Hub on 1 South College Street (corner of Beau) and is on the second floor of the Trades & Labor building.

Advisors are: Dr. Todd Verdun and Father Lou Pascazi of the Newman Center

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

The purpose of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is to provide Orthodox students an opportunity to grow in their faith and become better acquainted with their Orthodox heritage through fellowship/fun, education, worship, and service. Meetings are held regularly and are open to everyone. The OCF provides the services of an Orthodox pries and opportunities for worship in nearby Canonsburg.

Advisor: The Club is currently inactive.

Student Christian Association

The vision of the Student Christian Association at Washington and Jefferson College is to see God's people united together as a loving, maturing and worshipping community, and to be Christ's witnesses in that place so that others might come to know, love and follow Him as Lord. We hope to be an inviting space for all students to bring questions and explore how their faith might intersect with life.

SCA members have opportunities to attend a number of annual conferences during the school year. The Jubilee conference is located in downtown Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and is a gathering of thousands of college students coming together for a weekend to learn how to worship God with their whole lives. The Faith 4 Thought Conference is held in State College, PA at Penn State University and is an event where college students can come together to explore how our Christian faith connects to our ordinary, everyday lives.

The club meets Wednesday nights at 9:00 pm in the Media Room, adjacent to the Ski Lodge. There are small groups offered that meet during the week including Men’s and Women’s Bible studies. All students are welcome and invited to attend any time.

Advisor: Steve Kuhn