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.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Andy Grammer

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 Express. High Holiday Express 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, Ringing in the Rosh: Your All Inclusive Rosh HaShanah Dinner Experience both nights of Rosh Hashanah. Ringing in the Rosh combines Rosh Hashanah services and dinner into a unified experience. We hope you will choose to join us one or both nights.