In a highly structured military environment, Jewish Midshipmen Club activities provide Jews of all backgrounds and levels of practice a chance to worship, socialize and travel. Jewish Mids meet on Tuesday nights for pizza and a program. A lively Kabbalat Shabbat service is held during the academic year. High Holiday services are open to members of the local community and provide a nice touch of home for the mids. Other holidays are either celebrated in the chapel or jointly with local synagogues.
The new Jewish Chapel is at the very center of campus and is known and celebrated by all midshipmen. Annual events include trips to Jewish New York and Philadelphia and to West Point and the Air Force Academy to meet other Jewish warriors. The Club also sponsors and conducts a trip to Israel every spring break. This trip is open to all students and it offers a unique opportunity for interfaith dialogue.
The Naval Academy has a Navy rabbi chaplain and a very supportive local community. Students may elect to participate in a program that matches each student with a local sponsor family for food and fun on the weekend.
The chapel also houses an educational display with a Holocaust Sefer Torah and mementos from the careers of prominent Jewish Navy officers. Prominently featured are Commodore Uriah P. Levy (who in the 19th century was instrumental in outlawing flogging), Academy alumni Admiral Hyman Rickover (father of the nuclear navy) and Albert Michelson (who accurately measured the speed of light, thus becoming the first American to win the Nobel Prize in physics).