High Holidays

Yom Kippur 2020 • 5781

Maryland Hillel wants to provide a meaningful High Holiday experience while keeping the health of our community in mind. Spots are limited for all programs, advanced sign-up is required, and priority will be given to current UMD students. You must sign up by September 27 at 11 AM for all Yom Kippur events.

The health and safety guidelines of the University of Maryland and Maryland Hillel must be followed at all events. These include, but are not limited to, mandatory mask-wearing while not eating and social distancing of 6 feet. Maryland Hillel, in partnership with the University of Maryland, strongly urges students to remain on campus for the duration of the holidays. We know it’s a great deal to ask families to sacrifice their time together, but in the interests of public health, we must dissuade people from unnecessary travel. In the event that students insist on any form of travel over this period, we ask that you then stay home for the duration of the holidays.


  • Higher Holidays: Join in song, laughter, and prayer at a selection of online services with college students from across the country and Hillel International for Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, and Neilah.
  • Reform: A variety of online options for Reform students with Ruach.
  • Conservative: Conservative-style services via a livestream with Princeton Hillel. You must sign up by September 25 at 12 PM.

In-Person (Services & Activities): Come together for on-campus services. Weather permitting, services and events will take place outside with indoor spaces available as backups. Locations will be shared via email prior to the start of the holiday. Sign up to attend any and all of these in-person events.

  • 45-Minute Highlights Service with Rabbi Ari at 10:30 AM: Go through the quintessential prayers from the service with Rabbi Ari Israel in 45 minutes.
  • Conservative: Egalitarian Conservative services with Ometz.
  • Orthodox: Traditional Orthodox services with Kedma. (Rent a machzor as prayer books will not be provided at Orthodox services. A $50 deposit via Venmo to @mjkurslasky is required and will be refunded once you return the machzor.)
  • Discussion with Steph at 12 PM
  • Discussion with MJ at 1 PM
  • Meditation & Coloring with Ruach at 2 PM: Join with Ruach for a reflective activity for Reform students.

Meals: Dine with us before and after Yom Kippur.

  • Reserve Meals: Use this form to request meals for pre-fast and/or break fast. Check out the menu.
  • North Campus Bagel Break Fast: Grab a bagel and light snacks with Maryland Hillel on North Campus. To follow along with the university’s extended no in-person dining policy, bagels will be dropped off on September 28 by Ellicott Hall! We’ll be in touch soon with more details. Thanks to a generous donor, the North Campus break fast is free with pre-registration required by September 27 at 11 AM.

If you need a High Holiday exemption letter, submit this form. You should make appropriate arrangements with your professors, prior to missing class. Please allow 3-5 days for requests to be processed and prepared.