High Holidays

Wishing You a Sweet New Year!

BU Hillel invites you to celebrate the High Holidays with us.  Feel free to come to as much or as little as feels right for you and fits with your schedule.  We’re excited to celebrate with you for any amount of time. SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON TICKETS. (All activities and meals are free for students. The cost of meals are included in the ticket prices below for non-students.)

BU Hillel will be hosting Contemporary Reform and Traditional Conservative High Holiday Services.  For students interested in Orthodox High Holiday Services please be in touch with Rabbi Elie elie@bu.edu 

Tickets

Our services are open to both the BU and outside community. We have paid ticket options for non-students 18 and older, and free tickets for full-time BU or Boston area students. All activities and meals are free for students. The cost of meals are included in the ticket prices below for non-students.

  • Free tickets are available to any full-time BU or Boston area university student.
  • Paid tickets are available to any non-students including parents, alumni, University faculty/staff, and community members.
  • Non-students under the age of 18 are free of charge

BU or Boston Area Students:

  • Just show up and check-in at the reception desk with your name, email, and BU ID

Non-Students:

We ask that you make a donation to BU Hillel by clicking here, which will enable you to join us for High Holiday services. Your names will automatically be added to a list at our reception for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur after your donation is made. You will receive a thank you email which will act as your confirmation.

  • Children (Under 18): FREE
  • Young adult (18-30): $50
  • Adult: $200
  • Family $518

Schedule of Events

Rosh Hashana

Sunday, Sept. 9th – Erev Rosh Hashana:
(candle lighting – 6:45pm)
  • 6:00 pm: Reform and Conservative Services,  4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 7:00 pm: Free Dinner, 3rd Floor of BU Hillel (REGISTER HERE so we know you are coming!)
Monday, Sept. 10th – Rosh Hashana Day 1:
  • 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Conservative Services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Reform Services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 12:30 pm-2:00 pm: Free Lunch open from 12-2pm, 3rd Floor Hillel (REGISTER HERE so we know you are coming!)
  • 4:00 pm: Traditional Tashlich, Meet in Lobby of BU Hillel
  • 4:00 pm: Meditative Boating on The Charles River, BU Sailing Pavilion (for directions click here)
  • 7:00 pm: Conservative Services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 7:30 pm: Free Dinner, 3rd Floor of BU Hillel (REGISTER HERE so we know you are coming!)
Tuesday, Sept. 11th – Rosh Hashana Day 2:
  • 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Conservative Services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm: Free Lunch, 3rd Floor of BU Hillel (REGISTER HERE so we know you are coming!)

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, Sept. 18th – Erev Yom Kippur:
(candle lighting – 6:30pm)
  • 5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Free Pre-Fast Dinner, 3rd Floor of BU Hillel (REGISTER HERE so we know you are coming!)
  • 6:15 pm-7:30 pm: Conservative Kol Nidre Services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 7:30 pm-8:30 pm: Musical Kol Nidre Experience, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
Wednesday, Sept. 19th – Yom Kippur:
  • 9:30 am-1:00 pm: Conservative Services (includes Yizkor), 4th Floor of BU Hillel 
  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: Reform Services (includes Yizkor), 4th Floor of BU Hillel 
  • 6:15 pm: Joint Neilah (fast ends 7:28pm) – light snacks to immediately follow services, 4th Floor of BU Hillel
  • 7:30 pm-8:30 pm: Campus-Wide Bagels and Shmear Break-Fast, GSU Plaza

Apple and honey - a snack eaten by jews in Rosh Hashana..Shofar - A horn used in the jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Service Leaders

Reform

Reb Jevin Eagle, Executive Director

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Jevin Eagle, a former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, is excited to leverage his entrepreneurial talent, spiritual depth and passion for Hillel’s mission as the Executive Director of Boston University Hillel.

Prior to attending rabbinical school, Jevin Eagle was the CEO of DAVIDsTEA, a senior executive at STAPLES, Inc. and a partner at McKinsey & Company. He was one of the executives responsible for STAPLES’ Easy Brand Strategy and the famous “Easy Button.” Eagle says his career change from business to the Rabbinate was the fulfillment of a life-long dream to immerse himself in text study and serve the Jewish people. Illustrative of his commitment to the Jewish community while working in business, Jevin served as board chair of Harvard Hillel and Dartmouth Hillel from 2002 to 2006.

Eagle has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he served as an executive committee member on the Jewish Students Association, and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where he majored in religion and government, and served as Hillel student president. Before Harvard Business School, he helped found Jewish Lights Publishing. He serves on the board of directors of Carter’s, Inc., the leading branded apparel marketer for babies and young children. Read this Boston Globe coverage of Jevin Eagle’s hire at BU Hillel. Email Jevin at jeagle@bu.edu.

Ethan Sobel, Assistant Director

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Ethan Sobel first brought his energy for campus life to Boston University Hillel in 2014 as the Director of Student Life, and now serves as the organization’s Assistant Director. He completed his M.S. in Public Relations at Boston University and B.B.A. in Finance and Sport Management at UMass Amherst. Ethan has spent time working at MIT, UMass Amherst, two small educational nonprofits, Nehirim and Athlete Ally, and as a contractor for CJP. In 2016, Ethan was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International, the highest recognition given to a field professional and named BU Advisor of the Year in 2015. Also, he was among 10 selected nationally for the ACCELERATE Executive Training Program by Hillel International in 2017 . Ethan has served on the Board of Directors for FLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Flag Football and the Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment, and is a cellist in the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. Ethan was born in Springfield, MA and resides in Cambridge. Email Ethan at esobel@bu.edu.

Justin Held, Rabbinic Intern

Justin Held has served as BU Hillel’s Rabbinic Intern since July 2018. Justin is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College where he will receive rabbinic ordination, as well as a Master’s in Jewish Education. Before coming to Boston, Justin spent two years as the Engagement Associate at Minnesota Hillel. Justin graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Religious Studies. Justin is from Minnesota, is a huge fan of Kansas basketball, Hershey’s chocolate and Seinfeld. Email Justin at jpheld@bu.edu.

Conservative

Rabbi Elie Lehmann, Campus Rabbi & Senior Jewish Educator

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Elie Lehmann loves supporting young adults find innovative and meaningful ways to feel confident in their Jewish identity, knowledge, and practice. He joins the BU Hillel community after completing Rabbinical School at Boston’s Hebrew College and serving as Rabbinic Fellow at Tufts University Hillel. Recently, he returned from a year of learning in Israel and summer teaching Judaic Studies in Kenya. Elie is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and completed B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. When not jamming on drums, Elie can be found experimenting in the kitchen or cycling around new neighborhoods. Email Elie at elie@bu.edu.

Gita Karasov, Rabbinic Intern

Gita Karasov has served as BU Hillel’s Rabbinic Intern since July 2018. Gita is in her fourth year of rabbinical cchool at Hebrew College. Prior to rabbinical school, she was the Director of Engagement at University of Michigan Hillel. She attended University of Maryland where she graduated with a dual degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology. After college, Gita joined Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps in Chicago, followed by founding the first Repair the World Moishe House. During her time in Chicago, Gita was the Director of Student Activities at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. Gita is from St. Louis Park, MN and excited to be back on campus with BU! Email Gita at gkarasov@bu.edu.