Challah at your new Jewish family!

New friendships, smooth move ins, and playing everyone's favorite game Jewish geography all make FreshFest a no brainer! All activities will be built for Jewish students of all different backgrounds to build community and make life-long friendships as they get to know campus and each other.

And of course, since this is a Jewish community event, plentiful food is of the essence.  Delicious food from the new Kosher Korner and even challah baking are just two highlights of this fantastic experience! 

Students will hike to Buttermilk Falls, BBQ at the park, and bake warm loaves of challah in between tons of chit chat and bonding activities.  

  • Meet new friends and make community connections that will last throughout your years at Ithaca College 

  • Participate in reflection exercises, icebreakers, and meaningful small-group discussion opportunities. 

  • Learn about upcoming trips with Hillel, from Apple Picking for Rosh Hashana to Israel on Birthright. 

  • Get oriented to your own version of Jewish life on campus- whether it’s just for the High Holidays, or every Shabbat Dinner. 

Students should be able to safely walk for at least 4 miles. Life threatening allergies/medical conditions should be able to be managed in the field. Students need to bring a water bottle, any life-saving medications, PPE, clothing appropriate for the weather and a raincoat, small backpack to carry their gear and snacks. 

students in front of Buttermilk Falls State Park sign

Program logistics: 

  • New students can participate in the Kick-Off program on Monday, August 16 at 4pm with your families.  

  • The program runs from 4:00pm on Monday, August 16 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, August 17 

  • Kosher BBQ Lunch will be provided at Buttermilk Falls State Park 

  • Participants will walk four miles during the program 

  • COVID Precautions: Students will be required to follow the most up to date COVID protocols as required by IC and any community partners.

  • There is no charge for this program.