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  • Communication/Marketing office student writer Melissa Kaleka ’24 spoke with Jenn and Michael Ferman, Hamilton’s new Jewish chaplains. Chaplaincy focuses on encouraging students’ sense of identity through religious, spiritual, cultural, and moral engagement, on a community level and individually. The Fermans will be playing significant roles in students’ lives as they facilitate Jewish experiences that will enrich their minds and bring diverse Jewish voices to speak on campus.

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  • Hamilton students gathered for a Multicultural Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 16 in Eells House dining room.

  • Ethan Bair joins Hamilton this semester as rabbi for the Jewish community after eight years as a congregational rabbi, most recently at Temple Beth Sholom, Miami Beach.

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  • Tom Facchine will serve the Hamilton Muslim community as imam. He has held that position for the Utica Masjid (Muslim Community Association of Mohawk Valley) since August, 2020.

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  • Fr. Peter (Boutros) El Hachem will serve the Hamilton community this semester as Catholic chaplain. He is the pastor at St. Louis Gonzaga Maronite Church in Utica, where he’s been administrator since 2019, having come to the U.S. from his native Lebanon.

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  • Each Thursday afternoon, Abigail Moone ’22 can be found on the third floor of the Chapel. Following social distancing guidelines, a dozen or so students sit in a circle and wait for Moone to begin the meeting. She reads a poem from the student literary publication Red Weather and sets a reflective mood that continues for the next 20 minutes.

  • Earlier this month, College Chaplain Jeff McArn wrote to the campus community with some news: “After 38 years of faithfully offering care – spiritual and otherwise – for our campus community, Fr. John Croghan, our Catholic Chaplain and priest at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton, retired this week.

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  • Rabbi Peter Schaktman, who currently serves as the rabbi for Temple Emanu-El in Utica, has joined the Chaplaincy at Hamilton College for several hours a week during the spring semester Chaplain Jeff McArn has announced.

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  • The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers, directed by Professor of Music Danan Tsan, will lead a Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., in the Hamilton College Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

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  • Princeton Theological Seminary gains a Hamilton alumna as Jackie Rodriguez begins her pursuit of her Master of Divinity degree in the fall. At Hamilton she minored in education studies and majored in government.

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