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Celebrate with Hillel!

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, September 25th and concludes Tuesday evening, September, 27th.

Yom Kippur begins Tuesday evening, October 4th and concludes Wednesday evening October 5th.

We are thrilled to welcome students, faculty, parents, alumni and friends to campus for services, indoors at the Perelman Center!  We will also have a number of student-only meals and activities. Please scroll down for schedule and details.

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Questions about High Holidays with Hillel?

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High Holiday Schedule

Rosh Hashanah Services & Events Sunday 9/25 – Tuesday 9/27

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to join Drexel Hillel for High Holiday celebrations at our home, the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life (118 N. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104).  Space for non-student guests is limited, so please register in advance. As these services will be indoors, we encourage guests to be vaccinated and support community health by masking. Please do not join us in person if you have cold symptoms of any kind.
Our services are led by our Executive Director Rabbi Isabel de Koninck and supported by rabbinic intern, Mathieu Wilson.  Weaving together traditions of of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements our services will feature traditional liturgy, meditation, poetry, conversation and story telling.  We use the non-denominational, fully translated and fully transliterated Mahzor Eit Ratzon.

Sunday September 25, 2022:

JUST FOR STUDENTS: Soulful Erev Rosh Hashanah
6pm, Scheller Chapel, 3rd Floor

Join us to welcome in Rosh Hashanah in the spirit of our Soulful Shabbat prayer community. We’ll weave music, story and conversation for a joyous entry into the new year.

JUST FOR STUDENTS:  Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner
7pm, Fishman and Green Dining Room

Join us to welcome in Rosh Hashanah with a festive community meal!  Reunite with old friends and make new ones over apples, honey and all your holiday favorites! Advanced RSVP appreciated!

Monday September 26, 2022:

Rosh Hashanah Morning Services
10am: Scheller Chapel

Spend Rosh Hashanah with our community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends!  We’ll hear reflections from members of our community, connect with the holiday’s stirring music, and welcome the new year with joy!  Services will be followed by a kiddush luncheon for all in attendance. Space is limited for non-students, please register in advance.

JUST FOR STUDENTS: Tashlich and Picnic on the Schuylkill, 4pm
Meet at the Perelman Center Terrace

Join Hillel for the annual tradition of ritually casting off our sins, misdeeds, and short comings.  We’ll meet at the Perelman Center to walk to the Fairmount Water Works Trail and Boardwalk where we’ll join together for this short and hands on ritual (bring old bread, crackers or sunflower seeds, or we can provide).  Stay for a BYO picnic dinner (Hillel will provide some snacks and treats) or head back to campus.  The walk is approximately 20mins.   RSVP appreciated (so we don’t accidentally leave you behind!).

Tuesday October 4th, 2022:

Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur Evening) Services
6:30pm: Scheller Chapel

The chanting of Kol Nidre is one of the most haunting and memorable liturgical moments of the Jewish year. You are invite to join Drexel‘s Jewish community as we begin Yom Kippur with the meditations, music and prayers of our sacred tradition. All are welcome to attend free of charge. Space is limited for non-students, please register in advance.

Wednesday October 5th, 2022:

Yom Kippur Morning Services
10am: Scheller Chapel

Yom Kippur represent a time to reflect on the past year and set our intentions for the coming year through fasting, meditation, music, prayer and learning. You are warmly invited to mark the Yom Kippur holiday with Drexel‘s Jewish community. The Yom Kippur morning services will include the customary Yizkor (Memorial) services honoring the lives of all loved ones whom we have lost. If you’d like to add a name to our Yizkor list (whether or not you are attending services), please click here. Space is limited for non-students, please register in advance.

JUST FOR STUDENTS: Soulful Yom Kippur Neilah (Closing the Gates)
6:30pm: Perelman Center Oculus / 3rd Floor Outdoor Courtyard (rain location Cozen Terrace)

At Drexel Hillel we close Yom Kippur with our own special riff on the closing of Yom Kippur. All are welcome to join us in the spiritually provocative Perelman Center Oculus for story telling, poetry, conversation, meditation, music, shofar blowing and havdallah to end the holiday.

JUST FOR STUDENTS: Yom Kippur Break the Fast

7:15pm: Perelman Center Cozen Terrace
End the Fast with Hillel! Enjoy delicious food, make new friends, and start your year off right!

Opportunities Outside the Perelman Center

We are delighted to offer denominationally specific services in partnership with our neighbors at Penn Hillel. To learn more about Orthodox, Reform and Conservative services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Penn visit their website.
Please note – services at UPenn are free for students with ID (registration requested), all others must purchase tickets register in advance on their site.

What Brings You Joy?

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to submit a video response to Hillel’s annual public reflection question!

Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav taught that “Mitzva gedola l’hiyos b’simcha – it’s a great mitzva to live happily,” but finding and sustaining joy can sometimes be a hard task – especially when there are so many things in the world and our own personal lives that can create anxiety.  This year over the High Holidays, our Drexel community is going to engage and reflect together on where we find joy, how we can help others find joy, and what it takes to sustain a sense of joyfulness, even in the face of life’s bigger challenges.

We encourage you to share your reflections on the theme with us in one or more of the following formats:

  • A video (3 minutes or less) sharing your reflection (the video will be shared on Hillel’s YouTube channel and some may be featured during various virtual gatherings or on other social media). 
  • A reflection (350 – 500 words) to share aloud during a Hillel virtual service, or at a Hillel socially distanced in person gathering
  • A written reflection or piece of creative writing (approx 350 words) to be shared digitally and in print with our community
  • A piece of visual art, music, or other creative media to be shared digitally and in print with our community
  • A social media post  – make sure to tag @drexel_hillel

As you craft your piece, please remember the goal is personal reflections –  we ask that you avoid generalizations about what “we” experience or “what Jews or Drexel students do / think” and instead share your thoughts and feelings from your personal perspective focusing on “I statements.” If you can, tell a story that helps us get to know you and your perspective in a more relational manner.

You are encouraged but not required to share a photo or image with (or as) your reflection.  Please also let us know whether we have permission to share your reflection with attribution or anonymously and whether you would be interested in sharing your reflection during our High Holiday services (or at another time). Questions should be sent to Rabbi Isabel de Koninck,