Jewish Observances

Jewish Observances and Holidays

Each week, we celebrate Shabbat with a lively service on Friday evening, followed by a delicious (kosher, meat) Shabbat dinner in a warm and welcoming community.

Rosh Hashanah - erev Rosh Hashanah and morning services are held. Second day programming may include services or tashlich, a labyrinth walk, or group discussion.

Yom Kippur - Kol Nidrei, morning, and afternoon/neilah services are held, as is a break-fast.

Sukkot - the campus sukkah is erected and decorated each year on the Chapel Lawn. In addition to having a daily opportunity to eat, study, and shake a lulav and etrog, lunch and dinner programs are held in the sukkah throughout the week. 

Simchat Torah - programming may include a guided tour through the full Torah scroll, Israeli dancing, and treats.

Chanukah - Each night, students gather to sing the blessings and light the huge outdoor campus chanukiyah; dreidel games, latkes, sufganiyot, and cocoa enhance our celebration.

Purim - hamentashen, tzedakah projects, and treats for friends are the hallmarks of this celebration, which (depending on campus schedule) may also include a megillah reading, schpiel, or festive (kosher) Persian meal.

Passover - We hold a seder for both first and second evening. Dining halls may have a small amount of Passover food available, and students may join the kosher-for-Passover co-op in the Jewish Life Lounge

See our Spiritual Communities section for more information.