Student Affairs

Interfaith Center

Welcome to the Hofstra Interfaith Center

The Hofstra University Interfaith Center offers support and inspiration to every student and member of the Pride family. The Center invites you to discover your spiritual center and connection with faith or secular meditation though the many activities and religious services on campus.

The chaplains at the Interfaith Center are available for religious guidance and informal counseling. As confidential parties on campus, they are an available resource to the Hofstra community. For more information about the Interfaith Center, visit the chaplains located in Room 213 of the Student Center or email deanofstudents@hofstra.edu.

What is the Interfaith Center?

The Interfaith Center at Hofstra University consists of Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, and Roman Catholic chaplains and their ministries. They are professional religious leaders accountable to the University, to respective sponsoring religious organizations, and to the values of each faith tradition.

The chaplains serve students, faculty, staff, and administration of the University, and the Long Island community through special programs. Though each chaplaincy has a primary responsibility to the members of its own faith tradition, they also acknowledge a concern and responsibility for the whole University community.

We also encourage all students to explore the study of religion more deeply with an intellectual lens by enrolling in classes in the Religion Department. The academic study of religion can bring new insights into the understanding of one's own faith tradition and those of others. It can build literacy and sensitivity to the diverse facets of belief and practice of all religions and it can build tools for dialogue and understanding in our increasingly interdependent world. View religion department courses.

Mission

The Interfaith Center's mission is to promote spiritual awareness and growth, participation in the activities of faith traditions, as well as understanding and cooperation among the religions of the world.

Goals

  • Build and sustain bridges of understanding, respect, and appreciation in our multi-faith and multicultural community.
  • Advocate for justice, peace, and the care of our planet;
  • Promoting intellectual exploration and mutual dialogue on religious issues;
  • Organizing gatherings of the Hofstra University community on occasions of communal celebration or grief.

Chaplains

Catholic Chaplain
Fr. Sean Magaldi
Bio | Email

Catholic Campus Minister
Gina Hackett
Bio | Email

Hillel Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain
Rabbi Dave Siegel
Bio | Email

Muslim Chaplain
Shaykh Ibad Wali
Bio

Protestant Chaplain
Rev. Joyce Brandon Dugger
Bio

Prayer and Reflection Space at Hofstra

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Prayer and reflection spaces for currently enrolled Hofstra students are located in Room 201 of the David S. Mack Student Center (north campus) and Room 205 of Roosevelt Hall (south campus). These spaces are meant to provide a quiet space for students to use as needed between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The room requires a valid Hofstra ID card to gain access. If you have any questions about the space, or requests for support/access please reach out IEI[at]Hofstra.edu.

Prayer and reflection spaces for currently enrolled Hofstra students are located in Room 201 David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus, and Room 205 Roosevelt Hall, South Campus. These spaces are meant to provide a quiet space for students to use as needed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The room requires a valid Hofstra ID card to gain access. If you have any questions about the space, or requests for support/access, please reach out IEI@hofstra.edu.

Weekly Services

During the COVID-19 situation, please refer to the social media pages listed below for updates on services.

Faith-Based Student Organizations

The following are the OSLE-recognized, active faith-based organizations at Hofstra. If you would like more information on each club, please use the provided email address or contact OSLE@hofstra.edu.

Local Houses of Worship

Bethel A.M.E.
420 North Main Street
Freeport, NY 11520
516-379-1513 

St. Paul A.M.E. Church
453 Pershing Boulevard
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-678-7245

Nassau County Baha’i Unity Center
11 W Jamaica Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
516-239-4065 

New York City Baha’i
53 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-674-8998 

Union Baptist Church of Hempstead
24 Clinton C. Boone Place
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-483-3088 

New Hyde Park Baptist Church
635 New Hyde Park Road
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
516-352-9672

Church of Saint Joseph
130 5th Street
Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-6618

St. Brigid's Catholic Church
75 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590                                                                                                                                  516-334-0021 

St. Thomas the Apostle Church
24 Westminster Road
West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-489-8585

St. George's Church
319 Front Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-483-2771 

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
2375 Harrison Avenue
Baldwin, NY 11510
516-223-3731 

Cathedral of St. Paul
110 Cathedral Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-483-5700 

Saint Demetrius
2421 Hewlett Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
516-379-1368 

The Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590
516-333-3495
Email: 1icli@optonline.net

Long Island Muslim Society, Inc.
475 East Meadow Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-357-9060
Email: info@limsinfo.org

East Meadow Jewish Center (Conservative)
1400 Prospect Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-483-4205

Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow (Reform)
123 Merrick Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-8911

Young Israel of West Hempstead (Orthodox)
630 Hempstead Avenue
West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-481-7429

Resurrection Lutheran Church
420 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-4426 

Lutheran Church of the Epiphany
35 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-481-9344

Westbury United Methodist Church
265 Asbury Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-333-0874 

St. Mark’s United Methodist
200 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-766-2080 

Bethel United Pentecostal Church
357 Jericho Turnpike
Old Westbury, NY 11568
516-338-1032 

Christ Alive
493 East Meadow Avenue
East Meadow, NY 11554
516-794-4291 

Presbyterian Church of Garden City
91 Chester Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
516-354-1848 

Memorial Presbyterian Church
189 Babylon Turnpike
Roosevelt, NY 11575
516-623-9561 

Westbury Quaker Meeting House
550 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-333-3178 

Flushing Quaker Meeting House
137-16 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
718-358-9636 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau
223 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
516-248-8855 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Road
Manhasset, NY 11030
516-627-6560