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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 inter-dependent world. View religion department courses.

Mission

The Interfaith Centers’ 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 multifaith 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.

Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Joseph Scolaro, Bio | Email

Catholic Campus Minister, Gina Hackett, Bio | Email

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

Protestant Chaplain, Rev. Joyce Brandon Dugger, Bio |

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

Catholic Events
  • Catholic Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 5:00 pm and every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. in the Greenhouse, Student Center
  • Newman Club Meetings (the Catholic student organization) are held on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. Room 219 Student Center.
Jewish Events
  • Jewish Shabbat services and dinner are held every Friday night in Student Center Plaza Middle. Contact the office for more information.
  • Please visit the website of Hofstra Hillel (the Jewish student organization), for information about a wide variety of other activities.
Muslim Events
  • Muslim prayer (Jummah) is held every Friday on campus. Contact the Muslim Students Association at hofstra.msa@gmail.com for more information!
Protestant Events
  • The Protestant community meets on Tuesdays from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Student Center 213 for Chat & Chew Bible study, and holds WOW (Worship on Wednesdays) from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in 213 Student Center. 
  • A list of local congregations for Sunday worship is available in 213 Student Center.
  • A.M.E.

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

    St. Paul A.M.E. Church
    453 Pershing Blvd.
    Rockville Centre, NY
    (516) 678-7245

  • Baha

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

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

  • Baptist

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

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

  • Catholic

    Church of Saint Joseph
    130 5th St
    Garden City, NY
    (516) 746-6618

    St. Brigid's Catholic Church
    75 Post Avenue
    Westbury, NY

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

  • Episcopal

    St. Georges
    319 Front Street
    Hempstead, NY
    (516) 483-2771 

    All Saints’
    2375 Harrison Ave
    Baldwin, NY
    (516) 223-3731 

  • Greek Orthodox

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

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

  • Islamic

    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

  • Jewish

    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

  • Lutheran

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

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

  • Methodist

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

    St. Mark’s United Methodist
    200 Hempstead Ave.
    Rockville Centre, NY
    (516) 766-2080 

  • Pentecostal

    Bethel United Pentecostal Church
    357 Jericho Tpke.
    Old Westbury, NY
    (516) 338-1032 

    Christ Alive
    493 East Meadow Ave.
    East Meadow, NY
    (516) 794-4291 

  • Presbyterian

    Presbyterian Church of Garden City
    91 Chester Ave
    Garden City, NY
    (516) 354-1848 

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

  • Quaker

    Westbury Quaker Meeting House
    550 Post Ave
    Westbury, NY
    (516) 333-3178 

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

  • Unitarian

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

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

Fr. Joseph Scolaro

Catholic Chaplain
Catholicchaplain@Hofstra.edu
(516) 463-7210

Fr. Joseph Scolaro

Reverend Joseph Scolaro grew up in Bayville with his parents, Antoinette and Charles, and his older sister, Theresa. Though baptized at Saint Gertrude, Bayville, his home parish is Saint Dominic, Oyster bay, where he attended elementary school. He then went on to Chaminade High School, Mineola, and subsequently studied biology and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, graduation in 2010.

He entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception the following fall to begin formation. As a seminarian, he has spent time at Saint Gertrude parish, Bayville; Saint Patrick and Saint Rocco parishes, Glen Cove; and SS. Cyril and Methodius parish in Deer Park. He served as a transitional deacon at Saint Aidan parish, Williston Park.

Father Joseph Scolaro was welcomed into Hofstra University as Catholic Chaplain in Fall 2016.

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Rabbi Dave Siegel

Hillel Executive Director and Jewish Chaplain
Dave.Siegel@Hofstra.edu
(516) 463-7062

Rabbi Dave Siegel

Rabbi Dave Siegel grew up in Massapequa, New York in Long Island. As a teenager, he was an active member and officer of METNY United Synagogue Youth (USY). After graduating Massapequa High School, he received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Law/History from Binghamton University and has received masters degrees from both New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Jewish Theological Seminary's William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Before attending JTS, Dave worked as the Director of Special Projects at the 92nd Street Y. During his time in Rabbinical School Dave focused on leadership and professional development in the Jewish community. He has also served in leadership positions at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and United Synagogue Youth. Dave is currently the Executive Director of Hofstra University Hillel and lives on Long Island with his family.

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Gina Hackett

Catholic Campus Minister
Catholic@Hofstra.edu
(516) 463-7210

Gina Hackettl

Gina Hackett grew up in Seaford, New York. Her home parish is Maria Regina in Seaford. Gina attended Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, which is where she started to grow in her faith. She then began her studies at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, where she earned her degree in Theology and History. She was an active member of campus ministry and lead various retreats during her time at the Mount.

Following her graduation in 2018, Gina participated in a post-grad year of service program with the Augustinian Volunteers. She spent a year living in community and working in campus ministry and community outreach North Andover and Lawrence, MA. Gina then began working at Hofstra as the Catholic Campus Minister in September 2019.

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Rev. Joyce Brandon Dugger

Protestant Chaplain
revdugger05@aol.com
(516) 463-5227

Reverend Joyce P. Brandon Dugger was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is a successful product of the District 17 Public School system. Rev. Dugger continued her professional education in NYC to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary as well as educational credits from Long Island University and St. Rose College. She serves as Designated Pastor of First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach, UCC. In addition to serving the Rockaway community, Rev. Dugger has a wealth of experience in ministry. She serves currently as Protestant Chaplain at Hofstra University.

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