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High Holidays

Whether a person is religious or not, Rosh Hashanah is a useful day to take stock. Though every moment is a moment that stands between the past and the future, there are some moments when we become aware of that: a birthday, a graduation. A new year. At such moments, we feel more acutely the opportunity - or even the mandate - to consider: where have I come from, and where am I going? How have I been living, and how do I want to live?

For those who choose to honor such a moment within a religious framework, Rosh Hashanah is spent with rituals, prayers, and Torah readings that attempt to wake us up to the reality that this moment can be used as a pivot toward living a better life, to be a better friend, better citizen, or better human. The shofar serves as a wake-up call. The ritual foods and traditional greetings all serve to reinforce this.

And for those who are not comfortable within a religious framework, Rosh Hashanah can still be an impacting, enjoyable, and resonant occasion. Like New Year’s Eve, it is a moment of ending and beginning, of retrospection and introspection, of celebration with a tinge of solemnity. 

At MIT Hillel, we honor both of these approaches to Rosh Hashanah.

  • Celebrate the new year (academic and Jewish) with friends (new and old) at MIT Hillel! We will reflect on our past year and make toasts to the new one during our Jew Years Eve L'chaims (Thursday, ...
  • Turn, Turn, Turn: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur To everything there is a season, proclaims the book of Kohelet and the late Pete Seeger. A two part series to explore the essence of Rosh Hashanah and...
  • Register in advance to get access to the free streaming services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur powered by Hillel and Reboot. There will be three different options: a Reform style service, a...
  • Shofar sounding for MIT CovidPass holders on Sunday, Sept 20 at 4:30pm. For information on location, or if you are not an MIT CovidPass holder and would like help finding a public shofar sounding, ...

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982
Email: hillel@mit.edu

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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