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Interested in religious, philosophical, and/or spiritual life at Tufts? Check out the programs happening during the first month of the semester.

Spiritual Life Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 30, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

From the end of the Matriculation Ceremony until 5:00 pm, Tufts’ chaplains and student leaders from many of Tufts’ spiritual communities welcome you for snacks and information in Goddard Chapel. Connect with resources for spirituality, community, and social justice. All are welcome.


Muslim Prayer Service and Lunch

Friday, September 1, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Interfaith Center

Congregational prayer and halal buffet lunch with vegetarian options are open to all Tufts affiliates, including those with an interest in learning more about Islam and Muslim cultures. RSVP appreciated, but not required. Contact Muslim Chaplain Celene Ibrahim at All are welcome.


Tufts Hillel

Jewish Reform and Conservative Services and Dinner

Friday, September 1, 6:00 pm services, 7:15 pm dinner

Granoff Family Hillel Center

Join the Class of 2021 for your first Shabbat on campus. Feel free to come to services, dinner or both. Reform and Conservative services begin at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 7:15 pm If you plan on coming to dinner, please RSVP (


Tufts Hillel

Shabbat Morning Services and Lunch

Saturday, September 2, 10:00 am services, 12:00 pm lunch

Granoff Family Hillel Center

Join the Class of 2021 and returning students for an egalitarian Conservative Shabbat morning service, followed by a delicious free kosher lunch.


Brunch for Incoming Protestant Students and Friends

Saturday, September 2, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tisch Library Roof (Rain site: Goddard Chapel)

Enjoy food and fellowship on the Library Roof while getting to know Protestant Chaplain Dan Bell and fellow Protestant students. All are welcome.


Lunch for Incoming Humanist Students and Friends

Saturday, September 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

Come learn about Humanism, collaborative service work, and what it means to be nonreligious or nontraditionally religious at Tufts. Drop in anytime to meet Humanist in Residence Walker Bristol, A14, connect with the leaders of the Humanist Community at Tufts, and share lunch with like-minded peers who may want to be involved in Humanist life on the Hill. All are welcome.


Welcome Eid Al-Adha Festival

The Green Outside of Goddard Chapel (Rain site: Interfaith Center)

Saturday, September 2, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Open air Eid Al-Adha festival with games, arts, and activities. Includes congregational prayer, Qur’an recitations, Islamic songs, and halal food with vegetarian options. Open to all interested Tufts affiliates from all religious and philosophical backgrounds. Co-sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, the Tufts University Muslim Alumni Association, and the Fletcher Islamic Society. RSVP appreciated for planning purposes but not required. Contact Muslim Chaplain Celene Ibrahim at


Tufts Hillel

J.P. Licks and Havdalah

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Meet at Granoff Family Hillel Center

It’s Havdalah with a frozen twist. Seamlessly blend the end of Shabbat into the start of a new week with this symbolic ritual; then, head over to J.P. Licks in Davis Square to top off this sweet transition into college life with free ice cream.


C. Stacey Woods Programming Board

Jesus and Java

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room

Come by for coffee, desserts, and engaging conversation. At Jesus and Java you’ll meet other students interested in pursuing Christianity on campus as well as learn more about CSWPB. We are excited to meet students of all faith backgrounds as we bring InterVarsity Christian Fellowship events to Tufts.


Tufts Hillel Bagel Bunch

Sunday, September 3, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Granoff Family Hillel Center

First year students, come join us for our annual Bagel Brunch at Hillel for delicious food and great performances by all of the Tufts a cappella groups.


Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Sunday, September 3, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

Tufts Buddhist in Residence Priya Sraman and the Tufts Mindfulness Buddhist Sangha welcome you to learn about what the practice of mindfulness can offer for your college life. Learn about the Sangha’s exciting activities in store for the year, practice breathing and walking meditation, engage in light reading and discussion of topics related to healthy living, hear about the experiences of your Tufts peers, and make new friends. Refreshments will be offered. All are welcome.


Catholic Choir Practice

Sunday, September 3, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

Open to all.


Roman Catholic Mass

Sunday, September 3, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

All are welcome to celebrate our opening liturgy of the 2017–2018 academic year. As always, come as you are.


Dinner for Catholic Students and Friends

Sunday, September 3, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall

After mass, join us for dinner across the quad. Meet Catholic Chaplain Lynn Cooper, A02, and the Catholic Community at Tufts. Bring your questions, ideas, and gifts. All are welcome.


Protestant Worship Service

Sunday, September 3, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

Join us for our first worship service of the year. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. All are welcome.


C. Stacey Woods Programming Board

Morning Prayer Kickoff

Monday, September 4, 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Tisch Roof (Rain site: Goddard Chapel)

Join us for the first morning prayer event of the year. Let’s come together to pray for our campus and the start of the semester. Held every weekday throughout the semester, morning prayer is a unique time to connect with God and people. We connect Tufts with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and invite you to join us.


Non-denominational Christian Fellowship

Pancakes and Fellowship

Monday, September 4, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room

Come and meet members of one of the Christian communities on campus, NCF, and eat homemade pancakes. All are welcome to join us for food and fellowship.


C. Stacey Woods Programming Board

Taste of Heaven: Musical Worship

Monday, September 4, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tisch Roof (Rain site: Goddard Chapel)

Come enjoy music, praise, and fellowship with the CSWPB. We’d love to get connected with any and all students on campus, whether you identify as Christian, a different faith, or no faith at all. We connect Tufts with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship events and want to improve the campus feel any way we can, so come hang out with us and enjoy some worship and fun.


Chabad at Tufts University

Labor Day Jewish Jumbo Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 4, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Chabad House, 21 Chetwynd Road

Chabad kicks off the new year with the Jewish Jumbo Welcome BBQ where you can enjoy great kosher food and meet lots of new and returning students. Visit or to find out more.


Tufts Hillel

Welcome Back BBQ

Wednesday, September 6, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Granoff Family Hillel Center

Join Tufts Hillel for the annual Welcome Back BBQ. Meet new people and see old friends while enjoying delicious burgers, hot dogs, and other classic barbecue favorites.


Non-denominational Christian Fellowship

First Large Group

Thursday, September 7, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room

Come be part of our NCF family and join us for fellowship, worship, and food. Get to know current members and hear about their experiences with Christianity on and off campus.


CAFE Interfaith Discussion Group GIM

Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

All are welcome to come meet the CAFE student group and ask questions and understand our mission better.


Tufts University Unitarian Universalists

Get to Know YoUU and Cupcakes

Wednesday, September 13, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

Enjoy cupcakes with the Tufts University Unitarian Universalists. Get to know other UUs on campus and learn about the fun events scheduled for the year.


Muslim Students Association

Annual Welcome Back BBQ

Friday, September 15, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fletcher Field (Rain site: Interfaith Center)

Join MSA for our annual Welcome Back BBQ. This is an opportunity to be in community, have some fun and of course, eat delicious halal bbq. Vegetarian options will be served and all are welcome. Want to learn more about MSA’s programming? Stay up to date by liking our Facebook page:


Chabad at Tufts University

Sushi Shabbat

Friday, September 15, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chabad House, 21 Chetwynd Road

It’s twice as nice with fish and rice. Enjoy the beauty of Shabbat at your Jewish home away from home. Visit or to RSVP.


Hindu Students Council

GIM/First Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, September 19, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Goddard Chapel

For our GIM, we will be discussing what the HSC does on campus and the events we have lined up for the year. If you want to learn about Hinduism on campus (no prior knowledge necessary), get to know new people, or just eat some piping hot free samosas, please join us.