There are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students at Arizona State University’s four campuses. Of those, many come from out of state — but they don’t have to observe the High Holidays alone. Chabad at ASU, ASU Hillel and Jewish Arizonans on Campus offer a host of services and meals to make them feel at home.
“I am so grateful to have Chabad at ASU, where I am able to sleep at Chabad and fully observe the holiday,” said ASU student Nicole Paul. “It’s truly my home away from home.”
Chabad at ASU
For the first day of Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday, Sept. 20, Chabad will host a candle lighting at 6:09 p.m., followed by services at 6:15 p.m. After the services, the Rosh Hashanah dinner is expected to bring in nearly 100 students. (An RSVP is required for a spot at the dinner table.)
The second day of Rosh Hashanah begins with services at 9 a.m. The shofar will sound at 11:15 a.m. At 1 p.m., a buffet-style lunch will be served. At 5 p.m., students will begin to gather at the Chabad House for Tashlich and candle lighting.
On Friday, Sept. 22, services begin at 9 a.m., followed by shofar sounding at 11:15 a.m. A buffet-style lunch will be served at 1 p.m., followed by candle lighting for Shabbat at 6:06 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23, services begin at 10:30 a.m., with lunch following at 1 p.m.
Yom Kippur begins Friday, Sept. 29, with a “pre-fast feast” at 4:15 p.m. followed by the candle lighting at 5:56 p.m. Opening services and Kol Nidre will start shortly thereafter at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, services begin at 9 a.m., and are followed by a Yizkor memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Mincha/Neilah closing services begin at 4:15 p.m., followed by a big break-the-fast dinner at 7 p.m.
To RSVP, visit jewishasu.com.
All services will be held in the Ventana Room on the second floor of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus, unless otherwise noted.
For the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Hillel will host a dinner starting at 6 p.m., with services following at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for ASU students and $25 for non-ASU students. RSVPs are required.
On Thursday, Sept. 21, Hillel will host services beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a lunch at 1 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., students will gather at Hillel to walk to Tempe Town Lake for Tashlich.
For Yom Kippur, Hillel will hold a Kol Nidre service at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, services begin at 10 a.m. A text study begins at 4:30 p.m. at Hillel. Yizkor then starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by Neilah at 6 p.m. and a break-the-fast dinner at 6:35 p.m. at Hillel.
For more information and to RSVP, visit hillelasu.org.
Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC)
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Rosh Hashanah dinner will begin at 7 p.m. For the second day of Rosh Hashanah, there is a JAC shofar-blowing service and New York deli-style kiddish lunch running from 1 to 3:30 p.m. A dinner will be held at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 29, JAC will host a “Feast Before the Fast” dinner at 4:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight Kol Nidre Yom Kippur service.
All organizations ask that students interested in attending any of the events please RSVP, as each center is working to provide their High Holiday activities for as many students as possible. JN
Graham Paul is a freelance writer based in Gilbert.