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10 Ways To Celebrate The High Holidays At Stony Brook Univeristy

Hillel has so many exciting things to offer Stony Brook students. We have a lot going on to celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Check out the list for everything you need to know about being on campus during the High Holidays!

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1. Reflect on your past and your future


Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for "Head of the Year." It is considered to be the birthday of the world and hence is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is a time to learn from your mistakes of the past year, and to think about how you can improve yourself in the future. It is also a time to make resolutions.

2. Know the academic policy about missing class


Students at an institution of higher education in New York State are excused from required course work due to religious observance. Therefore, on major religious holidays that coincide with class days, students may choose to not attend classes and cannot be penalized. They must also be given equivalent make up work by the instructor.

For more information on the Academic Policy on Religious Life at Stony Brook University click HERE!

3. Sign up for services

Stony Brook Hillel is ready to be your home away from home for the High Holidays this year! We will be offering a variety of conservative/egalitarian services as well as orthodox services. Registration is required to attend services for security reasons.

Register Here!

4. Listen to the Shofar!


There is no better way to bring in the Jewish new year than with the sound of the shofar. Here are all the times and places you can hear the shofar on campus:

10/3 Egal Services between 11:30am-12pm (SAC Auditorium)

10/3 Orthodox Services

10/3 Rosh in a Rush Services

Dont forget to register HERE

5. In a rush? try our shorter service just for students

A brief user-friendly New Year service for those who would like a more condensed experience. The evening will include the major traditional prayers and sounding of the shofar and some enlightening words. Followed by a FREE Rosh Hashanah dinner to celebrate the New Year 5777. Open to all Stony Brook students. Dinner is FREE but registration is required! Register Here!

6. Attend a lunch a learn

Andrew Goldstein will be leading a Lunch and Learn about the new Jewish year (Rosh Hashana) and how to make the best of it. Join us as we discuss ways to mentally and emotionally prepare for the New Year and begin to work on Personal growth!

Buy your lunch from Delancey and then join Andrew for learning and some parve dessert! ***Delancey is a strictly Kosher restaurant that does not allow outside food to be brought in. If you plan to eat something not from Delancey, please eat before you join us for the Lunch and Learn. Dessert is on us!

Check out the facebook event HERE!

7. Eat apples and honey


Even if you can't make it to services, bring in a sweet new year with apples and honey!

(get an apple from campus dining and snag some honey packets from Starbucks on campus). We will also have plenty of apples and honey at our Rosh in a Rush event.

9. Break your fast with Hillel

Come break the fast with Hillel in SAC Ballroom B! This event is only open to Stony Brook Students.

Dinner is FREE but registration is required. Register HERE

10. Find community

The best way to have a meaningful time in college is to find community. Find out more about Hillel and learn how to get involved! We have a lot to offer for the high holidays and beyond!

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