Sep 142004
Authors: Rachel Wiley

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,

Berman said.

“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

puts forth.

“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.

Elizabeth St.

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