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Hillel celebrates holy days

Rosh Hashanah — the holiday known as the Jewish New Year — will begin DU Hillel’s high holiday season.

The Jewish student organization will host events at the Merage and Allon Hillel Center on Sept. 8 with a service at 6:30 p.m. and an Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner at 7:30 p.m.

On Sept. 9, there will be a traditional service at 9 a.m.; a joint Torah-Shofar service and Musaf services at 10 a.m.; a lunch at noon and Tashlich at Washington Park at 5 p.m. Services will also be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 10.

Rosh Hashanah is one of the two holiest days of the year for Jews. Yom Kippur follows just 10 days later.

“We consider Rosh Hashanah like opening up the book and Yom Kippur is when you close it, and in between how you act is how you act for the rest of the year,” explains Hillel Campus Director Josh Samet.

Samet says the two holidays are very symbolic and focused on sacrifice and reflection — about what you’ve done and what you might want to do. Reflection involves fasting to “cleanse and start fresh.”

Hillel will kick off Yom Kippur on Sept. 17 with a memorial candle lighting at 6:45 p.m. followed by services at 7 p.m.

There will be various services and meditations throughout the day on Sept. 18.

All events are held at the Hillel Center, located at 2390 S. Race Street. Meals and services are free for students; an $18 donation is requested for meals for community members.

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