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. 

Full-Length Services Schedule 2019
Locations and times are subject to change.

Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, Sept. 29 | @ Student Life Center
6:00 p.m. Evening Service (Combined)
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Monday, Sept. 30 | @ Student Life Center
6:00 p.m. Evening Service (Combined)
7:00 p.m. Dinner

Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1
11:00 a.m. Conservative Services at Hillel
(includes Shacharit, Torah reading, and Shofarot and Musaf)

Noon Reform Services at Hillel—Monday only
(includes morning service, Torah reading, and Shofarot)
Lunch and Taschlich following services

Yom Kippur
Tuesday, Oct. 8 | @ Student Life Center
5:15 p.m. Pre-fast Dinner (Free with meal swipe)
6:00 p.m. Kol Nidrei (Combined)

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | @ Vanderbilt Hillel
11:00 a.m. Conservative Services
(includes Shacharit, Torah service, and Musaf)
11:00 a.m. Reform Services
(includes morning service, Torah, Musaf, and Yizkor)
5:00 p.m. Mincha/Yizkor (Combined)
6:30 p.m. Neilah Service (Combined)
6:55 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 express service.*

Rosh HaShanah On Demand

Monday, Sept. 30
Sarratt Student Center 325/327
10:10–11:00 a.m.
2:10–3:00 p.m.
*12:10 p.m. Torah Service
and Shofarot at Hillel

Commons Center 233/235
12:10–1:00 p.m.

Medical School
7:00–8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Sarratt Student Center 325/327
9:40–10:40 a.m.
1:15–2:15 p.m.

Commons Center 233/235
12:20–1:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur On Demand

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Sarratt Student Center 189
10:10–11:00 a.m.
2:10–3:00 p.m.

Commons Center 233/235
12:10–1:00 p.m.

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