When we celebrate holidays at Hillel, we create a welcoming environment for all Jewish students, regardless of practice, knowledge, or affiliation. Jewish holidays are one of the most important times for students to connect to Jewish life on campus. The students can join the broader Jewish community, including alumni, university faculty and staff, and local community members in celebration.
Hillel professionals work closely with students to help them find the right opportunities to celebrate, explore and engage in year-round expressions of Jewish life. The students create meaningful and fun celebrations, which serve as a foundation for their Jewish life beyond the campus.
Since the High Holidays take place at the beginning of the school year, and Passover may fall during exam season, students must often balance their religious needs with their academic requirements. Hillel professionals are happy to counsel students about navigating the holidays, and can help them find the best way to experience holidays in ways that are meaningful to them.
The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience creates materials to support learning about and celebration of Shabbat and holidays.