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High Holidays 2020

Whether you're in Newark or at home this semester, Hillel has you covered for the High Holidays! While in years past we've appreciated when you have RSVP'd for things, this year we need you to. We know it's annoying and commitment is hard, but this allows us to ensure that we can create safe and meaningful experiences for you all. And as a bonus, we'll send you reminders so you won't have to lie to your parents when they ask if you remembered to do anything for the High Holidays. 




The High Holidays are considered an excused absence at UD. Please make sure to let your professors know in advance if you will be missing class. If you need suggested langauge, click on the symbol at the end of this sentence and don't hesitate to let us know if you need any help!

Learn with us

  • Rosh Hashanah 101-12pm on 9/16 on Zoom

    • You've probably heard of Rosh Hashanah, maybe you've been to services or dipped apples and honey, but what is this holiday all about? Come with your questions!​

  • Personal renewal for the new year-1pm on 9/19 at Hillel

  • Yom Kippur 101-3pm on 9/22 on Zoom

    • So everyone seems to make a big deal of this Yom Kippur thing, but why? Come learn about the holiday, the rules, and why it's such an important day on the Jewish calendar.​

  • Origins & Mysteries of Yom Kippur-1pm on 9/28 at Hillel

reflect with us

  • 10 days of reflection

    • Get a question every day from RH to YK that will help you reflect on your past year and dream about the year to come.​

  • River clean up (multiple times & days)-in Newark or your home town

    • There's a Jewish tradition of throwing bread into water to symbolically cast away our sins. We're putting a spin on this by doing a river clean up to remove human sins from a body of water near you or at White Clay in Newark.

  • Tashlich-9/20 @ 2pm or 9/23 @ 3pm​

    • Join us as we ceremoniously cast away our sins by throwing bread into water up at White Clay. Meet at Hillel. You bring the mask, we'll bring the bread. ​

  • Self-forgiveness​ 9/25 @ 1pm on Zoom

    • What do Lady Gaga and Yom Kippur have in common? You'll find out as we use Born this Way as a study to reflect on how we treat ourselves vs others.​

Eat with us

All meals will be grab and go from Hillel. Allergy friendly options available for all meals. *Free* as always, but you must RSVP.

  • Rosh Hashanah Dinner (9/18)    

    • Chicken, Brisket, or Cous Cous (vegetarian)

    • Kugel

    • Matzah Ball Soup

    • Veggies

    • Apple Cake 

  • Yom Kippur Break Fast​ (9/28)

    • Bagel (NDB)​

    • Butter or cream cheese

    • Lox (optional)

    • Fruit

    • Juice

  • Rosh Hashanah Cooking Class​ (9/23 & 9/24) @ 1pm

    • Join us outside at Hillel to learn how to make some delicious Rosh Hashanah inspired "no bake" treats​. Your roommates or suitemates will thank you. 

pray with us

While normally, we'd be gathering in Trabant to have services, this year that's just not possible. We considered outdoor services, but studies have shown that singing is one of the fastest ways to spread COVID and therefore we, along with many synagogues around the world, are moving virtual.

  • Erev RH (9/18)

    • What are the High Holidays without hearing the Shofar, right? We're taking the show all around campus so you'll be able to hear it from your dorm/apartment.​

  • Day 1 (9/19) 11am-1pm

    • Join Hillels from around the world for an interactive reform style service. Feel free to pop in and out.​

  • Day 2 (9/20) @ 10am

    • Do you get confused when people say Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructioist? Join Rabbi Nick to get to experience a little of each of these different streams of Judaism.​

  • Kol Nidre (9/27) @ 7pm

    • We'll be live streaming services from Hillel's back room. ​

  • Yom Kippur (9/28)

    • 11am-1pm Join Hillels from around the world for an interactive reform style service. Feel free to pop in and out.​

    • 7pm Ne'ilah, havdalah and the shofar blast to end Yom Kippur! Join on Zoom.


Looking to join a more "traditional" service experience? Tons of synagogues across the country are going to be live streaming their services. Here are a few of our recs.


Central Synagogue, NYC

  • 9/18 Erev RH: 6pm-7:30pm

  • 9/19 RH Day I 10:30am-12:30pm

  • 9/20 RH Day II 10:30am-12:30pm

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 8pm-9:30pm

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur 10:30am-12:30pm; 3:30pm-5:30pm

Beth Emeth, Wilmington

  • 9/18 Erev: 8pm

  • 9/19 RH I 9:30am

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 7pm

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur 9:30am; 5:30pm

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

  • 9/18 Erev: 10:30pm

  • 9/19 RH I 1pm

  • 9/20 RH II 1pm

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 10pm

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur 1pm; 9pm


Park Avenue Synagogue, NYC

  • 9/18 Erev: 6pm

  • 9/19 RH I 8:30am Traditional Shaharit, 9:45am main service. 5:45pm Mincha/Ma’ariv

  • 9/20 RH II 8:30am Traditional Shaharit, 9:45am main service. 5:45pm Mincha/Ma’ariv

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 6:30pm

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur Traditional Shaharit, 9:45am main service. 5:30pm Ne’ilah. Havdalah 7pm; shofar 7:22pm


Beth Shalom, Wilmington

  • 9/18 Erev: 6:30pm

  • 9/19 RH I 10:30am

  • 9/20 RH II 10:30am

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 6:30

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur 10:30am; 6:30pm-7:15pm


Beth Yeshurun, Houston

  • 9/18 Erev: 7pm

  • 9/19 RH I 10am; 8pm

  • 9/20 RH II 10am

  • 9/27 Kol Nidre 7:45

  • 9/28 Yom Kippur 10:30am; 7:15pm

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