Celebrate the Jewish Holidays at Elon

Jewish students at Elon University have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays together, in a welcoming environment.

We come together as a community to enjoy meaningful services that have lots of student participation. This year, we are planning engaging virtual services and physically-distanced activities that celebrate our traditions and create new ones.

Our campus community gathers for the major Jewish Holidays, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Purim, Yom HaShoah, Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), and Passover.


For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we offer prayer services that represent the vibrant spectrum of Judaism on our campus, and Jewish students and community members at Elon observe and celebrate together.

STUDENTS: You MUST fill out the Religious Observance Form in advance if you are planning to miss class for any of the Jewish High Holidays. We strongly recommend that ALL Jewish students fill out the form, even if you are not sure you will be at the services or meals. CLICK HERE for the form, and please reach out to us with any questions HERE.

All Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offerings are free of charge for students, and open to the entire community, but you must RSVP in advance to receive a holiday bag or attend our Rosh Hashanah luncheon or our Yom Kippur break fast.

Elon Hillel offers a pluralistic and engaging celebration of the Jewish Holidays. See below for our 2020 schedule:

Rosh Hashanah: September 18-20, 2020

Friday September 18 – distribution of Rosh Hashanah holiday bags from Hillel (RSVP required)

Friday September 18 – 6:45 pm Virtual Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

Saturday September 19 – 10:00 am Virtual Rosh Hashanah morning services

Saturday September 19 – 12:30 pm Taschlich Services at Lake Mary Nell and socially distanced Rosh Hashanah Luncheon (RSVP required)

Sunday, September 20 – Time TBD, Virtual Rosh Hashanah morning services

Yom Kippur: September 27-28, 2020

​Friday September 25 – distribution of Yom Kippur holiday bags from Hillel (RSVP required)

Sunday, September 27 – 6:45 pm Virtual Erev Yom Kippur Services

Monday, September 28– 10:00 am Virtual Yom Kippur Services with Hillel International

Monday, September 28 – 5:00 pm Virtual Yizkor Services with the Elon Hillel Community

Monday, September 28 – 5:30 pm Virtual Neilah and Havdalah Services with the Elon Hillel Community

Monday, September 28 – 6:30 pm – ADVANCE RSVP REQUIRED Grab and Go Break Fast – Pick up bagels and all the fixins from the Sklut Hillel Center according to your assigned shift