Holidays

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

High Holiday services are held on campus and are led by a Student Rabbi from Hebrew Union College. During the High Holidays, W&L Hillel sponsors a pre-Rosh Hashanah dinner and a post-Yom Kippur break fast, as well as religious services for one day of Rosh Hashanah (evening and morning services) and for Yom Kippur (including Kol Nidre the night before, morning service, afternoon service and Ne'ilah). Professors and coaches at W&L try to ensure that Jewish students missing class or practices to attend High Holiday services are in no way penalized. It is always helpful to alert professors and coaches in advance if you'll need to miss class or practice for services.

Sukkot

Before sukkot begins we have our annual sukkot building party and throughout the holiday we eat, socialize and have a good time celebrating the harvest festival.

Simchat Torah

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are the final holidays in the fall Jewish holiday cycle and students, faculty, and community members come together for a party and celebration.

Chanukah

W&L Hillel community gathers each night to light the menorah, celebrates the miracle by having a Chanukah Party and coming together to make delicious latkes.

Tu Bishvat

Celebrate the Jewish New Year of the Trees with a "Tu Bishvat Seder!" By partaking of different foods, we'll be recognizing the different types of trees out there. Unlike a Passover Seder, this one will be quick and delicious!

Purim

With great energy students celebrate Purim in style - costumes, megillah reading, groggers, and of course, Hamentashen, music and lots of food! During this holiday Hillel also sponsors The Great Latke/Hamentashen Debate - an event not to miss!

Passover

Hillel sponsors the first night Passover Seder and ensures that students have kosher for Passover food for the length of the holiday.

Holocaust Remembrance Week & Yom Hashoah

A week of films, speakers, discussions and a Yom Hashoah Service to remember the lives of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and to learn about the experiences of those who survived its horrors.

Yom Haatzmaut

The festive day we join together to celebrate Israel's Independence with music, games, goodies, and more! There will be a festive meal, activities and delicious treats!!

Lag B'Omer

It's customary to celebrate Lag B'Omer (the 33rd day of the Omer) with bonfires, music, and food! And what could be better than doing all of that with W&L Hillel?