Elon celebrations for Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, start Sept. 4

The Elon community is invited to join Elon Hillel to celebrate and observe the Jewish holiday of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins the evening of Sept. 4, and is observed for one or two days, depending on family tradition.

Services will be held in the Sacred Space in the Numen-Lumen Pavilion and led by Cantor Katy Claussen, who was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Mathew Goldberg ’14, Zachary Csillag ’14 and Kyla Sokoll-Ward ’13 will each offer a D’var Torah (a Torah “speech”);  Allison Ginsburg ’16, Michael Nedvin ’16 and Alison McKane ’17 will help lead the singing. 

The Torah and Ark used for services have been lent to Elon Hillel by Judea Reform Congregation in Durham. All services are free and do not require reservations or tickets. A full schedule of services can be found on the Elon Hillel website.

Erev Rosh HaShanah dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in Oaks 212 on Wednesday, Sept. 4. RSVP for the dinner here.

Erev (Evening) Rosh HaShanah services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Rosh HaShanah morning services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. Following the service, enjoy a Jewish deli luncheon. RSVP for the lunch here.

Also, on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m., join Hillel for the traditional Tashlich ritual on the shores of Lake Mary Nell. 

Second Day Rosh HaShanah services will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m.

Class absences due to observance of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot or Simchat Torah are excused by submitting a Religious Absence Form by Sept. 3. The form can be accessed through the Elon Hillel website www.elon.edu/hillel in the “Quick Links” box on the bottom right side of the home page. 

For more information, contact Hillel Director Nancy Luberoff.