With the start of the new school year, some of CSU’s Jewish
students are also beginning the year anew.
This evening marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays,
which include Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
“Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year,” said
Kayla Brummett, CSU Hillel president and junior English major. ”
Yom Kippur is 10 days later and that is the Day of Atonement.”
Rosh Hashanah is a three-day celebration, beginning with Erev
Rosh Hashanah, or the Evening of Rosh Hashanah, Brummett said.
Hillel, a Jewish student organization, is welcoming students and
community members to the traditional Jewish dinner tonight that
will be followed with services led by Rabbi Dr. Larry Denmark.
“It’s a really traditional family meal,” said Hedy Berman,
Hillel director. “Maybe it will help students feel more at home. We
try to create a family feeling here.”
The celebration will continue with Rosh Hashanah services led by
the rabbi and CSU students on Thursday and Friday. Thursday
afternoon, Hillel will be sponsoring a Taschlish service, a fun and
symbolic casting away of ones sins, Berman said. Hillel will meet
at the Vietnam Memorial Bridge and throw breadcrumbs, or even the
lint in the members’ pockets, into the water to symbolize starting
the New Year with a clean slate.
“I use the High Holidays as a means of taking stock of my life,”
said Ben Carroll, the vice president of Hillel and a junior
political science major. “Looking back on the year as we see it,
looking at what I’ve done, where I’m headed and how I get
While Hillel has been sponsoring dinners to celebrate Rosh
Hashanah for several years, they haven’t always offered services,
“It’s nice to be able to provide services here on campus,” she
Housing and Dining Services has begun working with Hillel in
recent years to help make Jewish students feel at home during the
High Holidays, Berman said. During the course of the three days,
Jewish people enjoy apples and honey to symbolize a sweet and
fruitful new year. The dining halls will be serving apples and
honey throughout the celebrations.
“They’ve always been gracious in helping Jewish students feel
comfortable and at home,” Berman said. “This year they asked if
they could print up cards with the blessing that is usually said
over the apples and honey.”
Some of the Jewish students appreciate the effort the CSU staff
“It’s really awesome that they try and accommodate us,” Brummett
The High Holidays will end with Yom Kippur on Saturday, which
Hillel will be observing with Congregation Har Shalom, 725 W. Drake
Road, Fort Collins’ Jewish synagogue, Brummett said.
“Yom Kippur is so religious,” Carroll said. “Most people don’t
want to have Yom Kippur led by a student … A lot of people want
to go to a synagogue specifically. People associate going to a
synagogue with Yom Kippur. It sort of reminds them of home.”
The sense of tradition can be compared to that of the Christian
celebration of Christmas or Easter, he said.
Yom Kippur is observed as a day of fasting, Berman said.
Hillel will be sponsoring a Break the Fast Dinner at sundown on
Sept. 26 at Rocky Mountain Bagel Works, located at 1111 W.