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High Holidays 2021/5782

Pizza & Movie Night in the Hut w/ FYSH | Monday, September 20th | 7pm | Hillel  Calling all First Year students! Join FYSH for a pizza party and movie night in the Hillel sukkah to kick off Sukkot on a fun (and tasty) note! Dinner is free, and anyone is welcome, but sign-ups are required because space in the sukkah is limited. Click
*Masks are required at all times (except for when you're eating of course!)

Shake Your Lulav: Israeli Dance Class | Tuesday, September 21 | 6-7pm | Hillel  Join WashU Hillel for a musical twist on the mitzvah of shaking the lulav & etrog on Sukkot! Come by an Israeli dance class led by Max Gill (WU '23). This class is open to all levels - whether you're an experienced Israeli dancer, or you've never danced in your life! We'll go through some basic steps and a few dances, both old and new! After you've worked up your appetite, stay for WSI's Shakshukah in the Sukkah dinner! Sign-ups for both programs are required; for dance class, click here.

WSI Shakshuka in the Sukkah | Tuesday, September 21 | 7:30pm | Hillel  Join WashU Students for Israel for this festive Sukkot event where we'll enjoy shakshukah, a delicious Israeli egg and tomato based breakfast dish, for dinner. Come hang out throughout the evening and spend some time in the Hillel Sukkah!  Sign up here.

Krav Maga | Wednesday, September 22 | 5:30-6:30pm | Hillel  Interested in taking Hillel's first ever Krav Maga self defense class?! Apply to be a part of this 8-week class and get first hand experience with a trained instructor. Classes meet weekly at Hillel, starting in our sukkah.  Sign up required here.

Dessert & Discussion: Tikkun Olam & Environmental Justice | Wednesday, Sept 22 | 8-9pm | Hillel  Join us for Dessert & Discussion in the Hillel sukkah! We will have 3 learning sessions focused on caring for the world around us, through environmental preservation and animal rights. Sign up by Wednesday, Sept 15th to reserve your spot & your free cupcake!  Ilana Hoffer: Animal Rights on the Jewish Harvest Festival | Daniel Goldberg: Personal Responsibility in Environmental Preservation | Sammy Fremont: Climate Change and Poverty

Senior Night in the Sukkah | Thursday, September 23 | 8-9:30pm | Hillel  What better way to celebrate Sukkot than with happy hour in Hillel's beautiful sukkah?? Join us for a special senior happy hour in the sukkah! There will be drinks, there will be snacks, there will be pub trivia and there will be prizes.  Anyone 21+ is welcome, but space is limited so sign-ups are required! Click here.
**This is a 21+ program -- IDs will be checked upon entry**

Shabbat in the Sukkah | Friday, September 24 | Services at 6:00pm & Dinner at 7:00pm  What better way to celebrate Sukkot than with a Shabbat meal in the sukkah! Join WashU Hillel for a delicious BBQ Shabbat dinner meal with all the fixings.  Sign-up required!  Click here.

Sukkot Hike | Sunday, September 26 | 9:30am-1:30pm  What better way to celebrate Sukkot than by getting outside on a beautiful day?? Join WashU Hillel and the Outings Club for an outdoor adventure fit for the holiday! Meet at Hillel and we'll carpool over to Castlewood State Park for a beautiful hike and free bagel & lox lunch on the trail! RSVP's are required -- sign up here.

High Holiday Cookbook
We are so excited to share WashU Hillel's tastiest high holiday tradition: the WashU Hillel High Holiday Community Cookbook! Check out this delicious collection of recipes, traditions and stories from current students and alumni, as well as members of the WashU Hillel staff and board of directors. We can't wait to hear about what you're making this holiday season!  Click here to download!

Rosh Hashanah Care Packages
You're invited to celebrate the Jewish New Year in your own way!  Hillel will provide a carefully crafted Rosh Hashanah care package with sweet apples, honey, and other delicious goodies to help you create new memories and elevate your High Holiday experience as you begin your year at WashU!

Care packages can be picked up on Monday, September 6, from 11am-1pm at either the S40 Clock Tower or from Hillel. Sign up here!

JIY High Holiday
Host up to 9 of your friends for a Rosh Hashanah meal or a festive Yom Kippur Break Fast! This is an excellent way to share your traditions with your friends on campus.  Apply for Rosh Hashanah by Wednesday, September 1, and for Yom Kippur by Thursday, September 9.  Click

Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner & Services | 6pm | Monday, September 6 | S40 Swamp
Join us for a star studded concert in the Swamp! WashU’s most popular acapella groups and Rick Recht will inspire and rock you into the new Jewish year.  Bring your friends and blankets for a delicious boxed picnic dinner, be serenaded by After Dark, The Amateurs, Stereotypes, More Fools Than Wise, Reverb and Staam, rock with Rick, and bring in this new year in a new way!  Dinner reservations have reached capacity.  Hope you'll grab a bite from Bear's Den or have food delivered and enjoy a BYO picnic on the Swamp for our Rosh Hashanah program! *co-sponsored with HLC and SU

Rosh Hashanah | Tuesday, September 7 
Rosh Hashanah Lunch | 12:30pm | Hillel Students are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch outdoors to usher in the new year.  Menu is salmon wellington (GF option salmon), noodle kugel, broccoli and cheese quiche, with green salad, and brownies for dessert.  Capacity is limited; sign up here now!  (Sign up will close when capacity is reached, or Wed, 9/1.)

Apple & Honey Pop-Ups Stop by our pop ups around campus for apples and an array of honey flavors to sample for a sweet New Year!

Tashlich | 2pm | Meet at Hillel Tashlich is the Rosh Hashanah tradition in which the Jewish people gather at a body of water to pray, reflect, and symbolically cast off their sins in preparation for the new year.  Join Rabbi Jordan and friends after lunch for Tashlich in beautiful Forest Park!  Meet at Hillel to walk over to the pond together.

Crafting | 5:30pm | Hillel What makes you happy?  How are you kind to yourself?  What does self care look like for you and why does it matter?  Join us to relax and unwind, and decorate self care journals!  After all, what better way to start off a sweet new year than with positive intentions, a little self love and some crafting!  Sign up here.

Hard Cider Tasting | 8pm | Hillel What better way to celebrate a sweet new year than with a hard cider tasting on beautiful evening under the Hillel tents!  Join your fellow seniors at 8pm for a 21+ twist on the important (and tasty) mitzvah of enjoying apples and honey!  Registration for this event is required. This is a 21+ event; please bring your ID.

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 | Wednesday, September 8
Rosh Hashanah Lunch | 1pm | Hillel 
Students are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch outdoors to usher in the new year.  Menu is chicken schnitzel (GF grilled chicken / VEG stuffed pepper), Caesar salad and roasted potatoes. Capacity is limited; please register here.  (Sign up will close when capacity is reached, or Wed, 9/1.)

Shofar Pop-Ups The sound of the shofar signals the arrival of the High Holiday season and the start of the Jewish new year.  Be on the lookout for Rabbi Jordan as he makes his way around campus on the Hillel shofar-mobile to welcome Rosh Hashanah with this important mitzvah!  Danforth campus in the am, Village and S40 in the afternoon.

Nature Walks & Tashlich | 2pm | Meet at Hillel Tashlich is the Rosh Hashanah tradition in which the Jewish people gather at a body of water to pray, reflect, and symbolically cast off their sins in preparation for the new year.  Join WashU Hillel and Hillel Leadership Council for nature walks and tashlich in Forest Park!  Meet at Hillel after lunch to walk over together to meet Rabbi Jordan at the pond!

Reverse Tashlich | Saturday, September 11 | 2pm | Meet at Hillel  While many of us are familiar with Tashlich, a practice centered around casting off our sins symbolically by throwing bread crumbs into a body of water, come and join us in a reimagined version where we pick up the discarded trash that accumulates along the Forest Park waterways. We will be meeting at the Hillel building at 2pm to walk to our destination to perform this mitzvah. The event will last an hour, providing plenty of time to relax during the rest of your weekend. Sign up here.

Erev Yom Kippur | Wednesday, September 15

Pre-fast Dinner | 6:30pm | Risa Commons Join your friends for the largest and only Pre-Fast Dinner on Campus.  Sign up here to save your spot by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 12. 

Kol Nidrei Services | Immediately following dinner | S40 Swamp Come together for a deeply moving Kol Nidrei service with the entire WashU Jewish community, led by nationally acclaimed musician, Rick Recht. We will lift our voices in song together underneath the stars in The Swamp.

Yom Kippur | Thursday, September 16
Conservative Day Services | Thursday, 9/16 | 9:30am | Hillel Join us for student led Conservative services at Hillel. Sign up required here.

Conservative Services at Kol Rinah Looking for a traditional High Holiday experience in a warm, inclusive, and Covid conscious synagogue setting?  Look no further.  WashU Hillel has partnered with Kol Rinah to offer High Holiday services for WashU students this year. Located on the corner of Maryland Ave and Hanley Rd, Kol Rinah is just a 15-20 minute walk from the South40 or a short ride using our Jewber service.  Sign up by following the link.

Break Fast Meal | 7pm | Risa Commons Hillel’s popular Break Fast is back! Don’t miss out on a bagel, lox, and shmear with all the fixins, fresh fruit, kugel, quiche and assorted desserts (gluten free/dairy free/vegan options for each). Sign up here*co-sponsored with HLC and SU

Jewber Rides
Looking for a traditional synagogue based High Holiday experience? Take a 'Jewber' ride to any St. Louis area congregation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and we will reimburse your ride cost.  Sign up required here.