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Jewish High Holidays

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Fall Jewish Holidays on campus at Stanford - 2023

Shana Tova - Happy New Year! During the fall semester, Jewish students, faculty, and staff will observe a series of holidays that mark the new year of 5784 in the Jewish calendar. Here’s how you can support them and promote a more inclusive campus community. 

 

1. What are the fall Jewish holidays? 

The High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah (9/15 – 9/17)- the Jewish New Year - a celebratory time with religious services and holiday meals. Yom Kippur (9/24 to 9/25)- the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar - is a day of atonement, prayer, and reflection, during which many Jews fast and attend religious services. These are the most widely observed Jewish holidays. They are followed by Sukkot (9/29 -10/6)- a week-long holiday centered around a Sukkah - a temporary dwelling in which people eat meals. The first two days of Sukkot (9/29 - 10/1) and the concluding holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (10/6 - 10/8) are considered holy days, during which observant Jews abstain from work.  

 

2. How are these holidays observed?

All of these holidays begin at sundown on the first date listed and run through to sundown on the last day listed. Many Jews prepare and partake in festive meals with family and friends and attend religious services. For Yom Kippur, Jews of different observance levels will fast from sundown to sundown. Traditionally observant Jews refrain from all kinds of work (including using anything electronic, riding in cars, writing or typing) on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Shemini Atzeret. 

 

3. How does this affect Stanford University?

Thousands of our community members will endeavor to balance their academic and religious obligations throughout this period. Asking for an accommodation may be one of the first interactions a student has with their professor. Before the holiday begins, many will need time to prepare; some students may return to their home communities. Common concerns include conflicts with: exam/class schedules, required meetings, social gatherings, and professional and academic opportunities (such as networking and recruitment events).  

 

4. How Can I Be Supportive?

Be Aware: Mark these dates on your calendar. Let students know in your syllabus and at the beginning of the semester that you are aware that some may be observing these holidays and invite them to approach you about accommodations. 

Be Inclusive: Offer holiday greetings (Shana Tova or Happy New Year). Recognize that requests from differently observant students may vary. Avoid scheduling exams, meetings, or assignments during these times. 

Be Accommodating: Understand that students may need to make alternative arrangements to turn in assignments or to fulfill class responsibilities. Faculty and staff should work with students to find accommodations if conflicts arise. 

Resources: Hillel and Chabad are campus resources for those who are seeking information or ways to celebrate the holidays. 

Shana tova!

Register for all High Holidays with Hillel

Reform and Conservative services are once again combined into one joyful community with prayers in Hebrew and English and amplified musical instruments in the gorgeous Bing Concert Hall and a traditional egalitarian Rosh Hashanah Day 2 service in Hillel’s Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center. 

Friday, September 15

Rosh Hashanah Evening

5:30 - 6:30 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah student welcome and festive dinner (students only)
6:45 pm Candle lighting (students only) 
7:00 - 8:15 pm Ma'ariv service

Location: Hillel at Stanford, Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center (564 O'Connor Ln)

Saturday, September 16

Rosh Hashanah Day 1

9:30 am - 12:30 pm Combined Reform/Conservative service

Location: Bing Concert Hall

Sunday, September 17

Rosh Hashanah Day 2

9:30 am - 12:30 pm Traditional/Egalitarian services 
12:30 - 2:00 pm Free kiddush lunch

Location: Hillel at Stanford, Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center (564 O'Connor Ln)  
(Services are upstairs in Kehillah Hall. Lunch is downstairs)

Sunday, September 24

Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei

6:30 - 8:00 pm Combined Reform/Conservative Kol Nidrei service

Location: Bing Concert Hall

Monday, September 25

Yom Kippur

10:00 am Combined Reform/Conservative morning service 
2:00 - 5:00 pm Classes and activities
5:00 pm Yizkor, Mincha, Neilah services 
7:51 pm Free break-fast meal (students only)

Location: Bing Concert Hall

Register for Rosh Hashanah with Chabad Register for Yom Kippur with Chabad

Orthodox services hosted by Stanford Chabad will take place at Chabad at Stanford (1289 College Ave) and Stanford's Office for Religious and Spiritual Life. 

Friday, September 15

Rosh Hashanah First Night Services and Dinner

7:30 pm Service 
8:00 pm Dinner 


Location: Chabad at Stanford (1289 College Ave)

Saturday, September 16

Shacharit First Day

9:30 am Morning Service 
Location: The CIRCLE on the Third Floor of Old Union (520 Lasuen Mall)  
(Buffet lunch at Chabad House after)

8:00 pm Rosh Hashanah Second Night Dinner 
Location: Chabad at Stanford (1289 College Ave)

Sunday, September 17

Shacharit Second Day

9:30 am Morning Service 

Location: The CIRCLE on the Third Floor of Old Union (520 Lasuen Mall)  
(Buffet lunch at Chabad House after)

Sunday, September 24

Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei

6:44 pm Candle lighting time 
7:00 pm Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei service

Location: The CIRCLE on the Third Floor of Old Union (520 Lasuen Mall)

Monday, September 25

Yom Kippur Day

9:30 am Shacharit (morning service) 
6:00 pm Neilah (closing service) 
7:40 pm Shofar and Break-fast

Location: The CIRCLE on the Third Floor of Old Union (520 Lasuen Mall)