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Stanford Memorial Church Open Visiting Hours begin September 19, 2022. More info HERE.
The Church continues to be open for scheduled religious observances, weddings, memorials, concerts, and events.
For more information, please see our listing of events.

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Our Mission is “To guide, nurture and enhance spiritual and religious life within the Stanford University community.” Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, we are here for you!

NSO 2022!

On behalf of the Office for Religious and Spiritual Life, we are delighted to welcome you to the Farm! The Office for Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) is here to support your well-being and growth throughout your time at Stanford University. We hope you will find a home with us at ORSL. We are excited and honored to accompany you on the journey ahead, and hope to see you at our New Student Orientation events.

Upcoming Jewish High Holidays Information

It is wonderful to be able to greet the New Year together and in-person! Advance registration requested.

Faculty, staff, and non-student community members - Sign up HERE.

Current students (& their partners) - Sign up HERE.

If you're interested in volunteering for an honor for the Reform/Conservative services like greeting people, an English reading, Torah or Haftarah reading, lifting or dressing the Torah, blowing shofar, etc, please let Rabbi Hahn Tapper know on this form.

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Talk with a Chaplain

Talk With A Chaplain will resume on the first day of the fall quarter of 2022. If you need spiritual care please reach out to or an ORSL Associate Dean or Chaplain Affiliate using their contact information listed on our website. 

Spiritual (Pastoral) care is a type of care and counseling provided by spiritual leaders. It involves nonjudgmental and compassionate listening that allows people to share their joys, concerns, and hopes in the context of their full humanity, and for many, their spirituality or philosophy. It has the goal of fostering a person’s spiritual and existential wellbeing, and, if desired, it can include spiritual guidance, scripture study, and prayer or meditation. It can provide an opportunity for confidential conversation in the context of a holistic network of support.


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What We Believe

• Welcoming and Inclusive: Fostering space where all feel welcomed, included, and represented.

• Care and Compassion: Nurturing communities that offer support, care, and guidance from a place of unconditional positive regard.

• Diversity and Equity: Ensuring our programs, events, and communities are both diverse and equitable, not simply in demographics but in systemic structures.

• Purposeful Living: Cultivating communities in which people can flourish and develop lives of meaning, purpose, and belonging.

• Student Centered: Giving primary focus and attention to student development, student needs, student gifts, and student interests.

• Collaborative: Working across campus to integrate the work of spiritual life into all aspects of University life.