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Schedule for High Holy Days 2013/5774

Jewish students at Elon University observe and celebrate the High Holy Days on campus.  Services are free and open to the community, and no tickets are required.  Class absences due to observance of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, or Simchat Torah are excused by submitting Religious Absence Forms by September 3. 

Rosh HaShanah in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, September 4  - Erev Rosh Hashanah

  •     Erev Rosh HaShanah dinner, 6:00 pm, OAKS 212.  Dinner is free, but reservations are requested. RSVP for dinner here
  •     Erev Rosh HaShanah services, 7:30 pm, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion

Thursday, September 5  - Rosh Hashanah

  •     Rosh HaShanah services,  10:00 am, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion
  •     Rosh HaShanah luncheon, immediately following morning services, McBride Room in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion. Lunch is free, bt reservations are requested.  RSVP for lunch here.  Hosted by the family of Amy Livingston '16. 
  •     Tashlich Ritual on the shores of Lake Mary Nell, 4:00 pm

Friday, September 6  - Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day

  •     Second Day Rosh HaShanah services,  10:00 am, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion

Yom Kippur

Friday, September, September 13 - Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre & Shabbat

  • Erev Yom Kippur and Shabbat Dinner, 5:45 pm, OAKS 212.  Dinner is free;  enjoy your choice of beef brisket, salmon, or marinated tofu.  Hosted by the family of Melissa Kansky '13.  RSVP for dinner here.
  • Kol Nidre and Shabbat services, 7:15 pm, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion

Saturday, September 14 - Yom Kippur and Shabbat

  • Yom Kippur services, 10:00 am, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion
  • The Sklut Hillel Center is available all day for students for quiet conversation, naps, reading, quiet time…
  • Afternoon programs

1:30:  “The Questions We Have", an informal conversation with Chaplain Janet Fuller, Sklut Hillel Center
2:30:  "Forgiveness and the relationship between forgiveness and social justice", an informal conversation with Professor Stephen Bloch-Schulman, Sklut Hillel Center
5:00:  Yom Kippur Yoga and Reflection with Ginny Vellani, Numen-Lumen Pavilion Meditation Garden

  • Mincha service, Torah-reading, story-telling around the Book of Jonah, 6:15 pm, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion
  • Contemplative piano music performed by Nicky Payne '15, 7:15pm, Numen-Lumen Pavillion
  • Ne’ilah and Closing Services followed by final shofar blast, 7:45 pm, Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion
  • Havdallah and  Break-fast "Breakfast" meal, 8:09 pm, McBride Room in Numen-Lumen Pavilion.  Hosted by the families of Stefanie Miller '17, Charles Fasano '14,  and Brandon Solomon '17.  RSVP for Break-Fast here.

Services will be led again this year by Cantor Katy Claussen and Elon students.  Cantor Claussen received her cantorial investiture and Master's of Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  This is her second year leading High Holiday services at Elon--she has also served congregations in Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania.  She is a chaplain at Women's Hospital in Greensboro and she does programming, primarily for Jewish seniors, through Jewish Family Services around music and the arts.  She and her husband, Elon professor Geoffrey Claussen, have two daughters.

Thank you to Judea Reform Congregation (Durham) for loaning us a an Aron Kodesh (Ark) and a Torah scroll.  Thank you to the American Hebrew Academy (Greensboro) for loaning us a Torah scroll.

"If Hillel hadn't made Rosh HaShanah services so accessible, I don't think I would have gone to services this year.  Thank you."     Spencer Kaplan '15
"I just wanted to say thank you for making my Yom Kippur special. It's always hard to be away from home the day of Yom Kippur but you and Hillel made it a beautiful one and for that I thank you!"   Maia Szulik '15