High Holidays 2021/5782!

High Holidays 2021/5782!


You’re invited to join us for the High Holiday! We are excited to welcome the new Jewish year as we welcome a new class to campus, as well as a year of new opportunities for our community to gather. This page will give you an overview of what we offer for your High Holiday experience including services and meals, and will direct you to the links you need to register. Check out the quick links below to get more specific details about services and meals, and look out for details about programs like Tashlikh on social media!  

Want to talk through navigating the High Holidays on campus?

Have a skill like reading Torah or playing Shofar and want to participate in services? Contact Rav Lisa.

Getting started/How to Register

Our Engagement Platform is designed for you to join, create, and enjoy Jewish community on campus. In order to access it, you first have to update your student info card. Then, head to the platform to start exploring! You’ll find everything here, from Shabbat & High Holidays, to our many student groups, Hillel-wide events and peer-led programming. Specifically for the High Holidays, you’ll be able to use the platform to register for different meals at Hillel, sign-up for different services, and sign up to host your own meal in your home on campus. Check back regularly for High Holiday-themed programming like Tashlich and Yoga!

Any questions about navigating the Platform? Email Haley Schreier.



High Holiday Programming

Meals at Hillel

Pre-paid Holiday meals
(Cold Pick-up at Hillel)


A Note About Missing Classes for Holidays:

The University has made faculty aware of the Jewish calendar, and encourages Faculty and Staff to avoid planning mandatory events on those days. A reasonable accommodation should be made for anyone to make up work missed for Religious Observance. If you plan to miss class for High Holiday observance, the Best Practice is to contact your professors as early as possible to let them know about your Religious Observance, to work out any necessary accommodations. Occasionally, instructors require a written note confirming participation or more explanation about religious needs. Rav Lisa and Tilly are happy to work with students who need this, or have any further questions or concerns about navigating Holiday celebrations and other requirements.

Here is a link to more details about the University’s policies on religious exemptions.

Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Join us for Reform, Traditional Egalitarian, Conservative, or Orthodox services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

Services on Rosh Hashanah will be held inside and outside the Hillel building, as well as in the Ballroom at the Union. Services on Yom Kippur will also be held at the Ballroom at the League. Please note the location of your services when you register. 

Due to contact tracing requirements, we will ask that students register for each service they may attend. Walk-ins to services will be welcomed with ID, as long as the room capacity has not been reached.

Reform Services: Co-led by students and Staff, Reform High Holiday services are a mix of well-known camp tunes, the special prayers for the High Holidays, and relevant words of Torah shared by Hillel staff. Services are accompanied by guitar and piano. Evening services are ~an hour, morning services are 1.5-2 hours. We will also hold a concluding service at the end of Yom Kippur. 

Conservative Services: Co-led by Staff and students, Conservative High Holiday services are conducted in Hebrew with supplementary English readings and words of Torah throughout. We host evening, morning and afternoon services for both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. This year on Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (Tuesday) and Yom Kippur morning, there will be a slightly abbreviated Conservative service starting later in the morning at 11am (approx 2-3 hours).

Traditional Egalitarian: On the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning, we are offering an additional Traditional Egalitarian service. Mostly Student-led, these options will be all in Hebrew with little English instruction. (approximately 3.5- 4 hours) 

Orthodox: Orthodox services are held together with the Ann Arbor Orrthodox Minyan and the students of the O-minyan, and led by both members of the community. 


We are excited to offer fresh, kosher meals from the Hillel cafe for the High Holidays. All meals must be reserved and paid for in advance.

If the cost is prohibitive to you, please contact Rav Lisa at lstella@umich.edu or 715-571-2737. 

There are 3 options: 

Sign up to pay for any meals you would like to pick up from Hillel before Rosh Hashanah for the entire holiday (up to 5 meals): (Form coming soon)

Sign up on platform to join an outdoor dinner at Hillel: We will be hosting meals outdoors before and after evening services on a limited basis. Registration will open the week of August 9th with more details.  

Host at Home and get reimbursed for your groceries! Register your dinner and invite your guests all with the help of the platform. Questions? Check out the Host at Home FAQ or contact Haley at haleysch@umich.edu.

High Holiday Programming:

In addition to services and meals, student groups and staff plan other creative ways to connect to the Holidays and community. Check out the High Holidays section of the Engagement platform for programs like the FYSH Tashlich Bonfire, Yoga for Renewal, and more! 

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