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In an effort to continue to support our students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds,  we would like to share with you that we are approaching two high Holy Days of the Jewish tradition: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. 

Rosh Hashanah began at sunset on Sunday, September 25 and concludes in the evening on Tuesday, September 27.  This holy day commemorates God’s creation of the world and offers time for reflection.  As the Jewish New Year,  Rosh Hashanah provides an opportunity to center one’s actions for the upcoming year.

Yom Kippur is a time for atonement and repentance, where members of the Jewish community fast and pray.  This year, the holy day will begin at sunset on Tuesday, October 4 and conclude on the evening of Wednesday, October 5.  Yom Kippur is considered to be the holiest day in Judaism.  

There maybe members of our campus community observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Please be mindful of these observances as individuals may be absent and/or require flexibility.  In addition, please be considerate of how fasting may impact daily interactions both physically and mentally.  

Our Jesuit mission calls for us to be people for and with others. Your willingness to support members of our community who identify as Jewish continues to put our mission into action.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to or


Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students & Director, ALANA Student Center