A Short Explanation of High Holidays

  • The Jewish High Holy Days are observed during the 10 day period between the first day and the 10th day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.
  • Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, as they are not related to any historical or natural event.
  • Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated the first and second days of Tishri. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals and sweet tasting foods.
  • Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is observed on the tenth day of Tishri. It is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers.

Wellesley Hillel Holidays and Services

  • Please view the Wellesley Hillel calendar for dates of Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah services will be held on campus and led by the Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain or local community service leadership. Jewish students actively participate by chanting or reading Torah, sharing poems and favorite readings, as well as welcoming students, faculty and staff that attend services.
  • See also: Wellesley College Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Multifaith Calendar.
  • We will be using a Reconstructionist mazkor. If you have one that you would like to donate in lieu of a financial contribution, it would be most appreciated.