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Interfaith Center

The Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Protestant chaplains at the Hofstra University Interfaith Center work closely with one another and with students to offer a wide variety of exciting programs.

Some of these activities include social events, dinners, religious services, celebration of holidays, guest speakers, community service projects, informal discussions, study groups, regional and national conferences, retreats and much more.

The chaplains are also available for religious guidance and informal personal and academic counseling.

For more information, to put your name on the mailing list or just to chat, stop by and introduce yourself, you are encouraged to visit the chaplains in room 213 of the Student Center.

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

Our mission is to promote spiritual and ethical awareness and growth, participation in the activities of our own faith traditions, and understanding and cooperation among the religions of the world.

While students are our primary constituency, we also serve the faculty, staff and administration of this university, and the Long Island community through special programs. Though each chaplaincy has a primary responsibility to the members of its own faith tradition, we also acknowledge a concern and responsibility for the whole university community. We see ourselves as resources upon which the entire Hofstra community should feel free to call.

We believe in a holistic view of education in which all the dimensions of human life are addressed. We affirm one of the university’s educational goals: to nurture “a better human being who can find joy and meaning in human existence.”

Membership in the Interfaith Center requires affiliation with a bona fide and recognized religious entity, and approval by the university chaplains and the administration.


Our particular foci as campus chaplains are:

  • Fostering understanding and cooperation among the various faith traditions present on campus and in the world;
  • Encouraging tolerance and respect for persity in all its aspects on campus;
  • Building a sense of self-worth and inner peace in inpiduals, and providing pastoral counseling;
  • Advocating 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 grief or celebration;
  • Creating opportunities for community service.
Fr. Joseph Scolaro

Catholic Chaplain: Fr. Joseph Scolaro, (516) 463-7210, Email
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.


Hofstra Campus Minister, Sarah Mayerhofer, (516) 463-7210, Email
Sarah Mayerhofer is from Rockville Centre, NY. She received her Bachelors of Science concentrating in Event and Recreation Management from Niagara University. She's passionate about sustainability in the environment,  the Buffalo Bills, Jesus Christ and Mexican food. She spends her free time researching women's right activism, volunteering and traveling. Sarah started as a Campus Minister in October of 2017 and can't wait for the continued joy her students bring her.

Rabbi Meir Mitelman

Jewish Chaplain, Rabbi Meir Mitelman, (516) 463-6922, Email
Hillel Executive Director, Rabbi Dave Siegel, (516) 463-7062, Email

Muslim Chaplain, Sadia (Seemi) Ahmed, (516) 463-6920, Email

Protestant Chaplain, Rev. Joyce Brandon Dugger *, (516) 463-5227, Email

*(Available on campus Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12:00 noon – 9:30 p.m.)

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.


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


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 


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


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


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 


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
(516) 746-4426 

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


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 


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

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


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 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

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