High Holidays

The High Holidays are split into two parts. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a holiday of multiple layers. On the one hand, it is a celebratory day, appreciating another year of life together with those around us. At the Kraft Center we serve apples and honey in the lobby as a symbol of the hope for a pleasant and sweet new year. On the flip side, we sound the shofar (a ram’s horn) on Rosh Hashanah which embodies notions of prayer and repentance.

Yom Kippur, the second of the Jewish High Holidays, is a day of singular focus: self-improvement. Over the course of the day we reflect on the previous year and look forward to the year to come, thinking of ways to enhance ourselves, our families and our communities. Everything culminates with all of the students joining together for a campus-wide break fast meal.

Vanderbilt Hillel holds Reform and Conservative services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and meals throughout the High Holidays. In addition to traditional, full-length High Holiday services, Vanderbilt Hillel offers High Holiday On Demand. High Holiday On Demand has been specifically designed to accommodate Vanderbilt’s academic pressures. Our express services provide the full service experience, excluding the Torah service. Students are also encouraged to attend Hillel’s Torah service during the lunch hour.

Special to our campus is our program, Rosh HaShanah Seder Dinners both nights of Rosh HaShanah. Seders combine Rosh Hashanah services and dinner into a unified experience. We hope you will choose to join us one or both nights.  RSVP HERE.

High Holiday Schedule 2018

Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, Sept. 9 | Student Life Center
5:30 p.m. Evening Service (Combined)
6:30 p.m. Dinner (RSVP for meals HERE)

Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10 and 11
11 a.m. Conservative Services at Hillel
(includes Shacharit, Torah reading, and Shofarot)
11:45 a.m. Reform Services at Sarratt Student Center 216/220
(includes morning service, Torah reading, and Shofarot)
Lunch and Taschlich following services
2 p.m. Musaf (Conservative)
5:30 p.m. Evening Service (Combined)
6:30 p.m. Dinner (RSVP for meals HERE)

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, Sept. 18 | Student Life Center
5:30 p.m. Pre-fast Dinner (Free with meal swipe, RSVP HERE)
6:30 p.m. Kol Nidrei (Combined)

Wednesday, Sept. 19 | Student Life Center
10 a.m. Conservative Services at Hillel
(includes Shacharit, Torah Service, and Musaf)
11:30 a.m. Reform Services at Sarratt Student Center 216/220
(includes morning service, Torah, Musaf, and Yizkor)
5:30 p.m. Mincha (Conservative)
6:30 p.m. Yizkor and Neilah Service (Combined)
7:30 p.m. Havdalah and Break the Fast (FREE)

High Holidays On Demand

High Holidays on Demand are express service experiences specifically designed to accommodate Vanderbilt students’ busy schedules. Both Rosh HaShanah On Demand and Yom Kippur On Demand provide the full service experience, excluding the Torah service. Students are also encouraged to attend Hillel’s Torah service during the lunch hour. Food will be provided before and after each express service.*

Rosh HaShanah On Demand
Monday, Sept. 10
Sarratt Student Center 216/220
10:10–11 a.m.
2:10–3:00 p.m.
*12:10 p.m. Torah Service and Shofarot at Hillel
Commons Center 235/237
12:10–1 p.m.

Medical School
7–8 a.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Sarratt Student Center 216/220
9:40–10:40 a.m.
1:15– 2:15 p.m.
Commons Center 235/237
12:15–1 p.m.

 *A grab-and-go lunch will be provided before and after each express service.

Yom Kippur On Demand
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Sarratt Student Center 216/220
10:10–11 a.m.
2:10–3:00 p.m.
Commons Center 235/237
12:10–1 p.m.