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Shabbat

Overview

The sun sets over the horizon and the volunteers rush to bring the food to the union. Troy's sky is always brilliant this time of day, however cold it may be. For a brief moment, we take a break from our studies and work in order to join together for a communal dinner. We sing, we talk, we eat, and we're satisfied. Every Shabbat it somehow comes into place by our hands - students' hands.

Every Shabbat is free to join, and is generally starts around 6:30 in the fall and 6:00 in the spring before the sun sets. We first meet for services 30 minutes prior, then wash hands and eat.

Shabbat dates for this semester

Shabbat dates, times, and locations for Fall 2020 will be published soon!

High Holidays

Services with Beth El

Yom Kippur Break the Fast

Details coming soon!

Passover

General information

Every year Hillel hosts both Passover Seders at the RPI Student Union.
If a student is currently on the RPI meal plan with Sodexo, and does not plan on eating in the dining hall during Passover, a waiver must be signed to not enter the dining halls during Passover and be reimbursed by Sodexo for the meals missed.
If a student does not want to join RPI-Sage Hillel's Passover meal plan, but still wants to have some meals with us, one may pay per meal.
Furthermore, a student will be provided with a Passover Survival Kit, which will include things like Matzah, spreads, and snacks, which should help carry anyone over for Breakfast and in between meals provided by the Passover meal plan.

Passover Seder

First Seder
Sunday, March 28th, 2021
Where: TBD
When: Seder and Dinner time TBD

Second Seder
Monday, March 29th, 2021
Where: TBD
When: Seder & Dinner time TBD

Full details will be avaible soon!

Both of the seders are free, yes FREE, and we would never turn anyone away, but we would like you to register so we can get a headcount.

Passover Meal Plan

The Basics

RPI-Sage Hillel in collaboration with RPI Dining Services and Chabad on Campus, is happy to offer a full Kosher-for-Passover meal plan. This will include 2 meals a day for the entire duration of Passover! The meals will be served in Union Phalanx Room (3502) from 4/20 to 4/27. However, we do not want any student to be unable to attend because of scheduling conflicts, so if the schedule is an issue, call Leible Morrison at 518-894-3490 to work out a way for you to get the food.

Enrolling In The Ultimate Meal Plan

The following is the Passover Meal Plan Menu and Sign-up form from 2019:

Passover Menu (2019): Menu (PDF)
Passover Meal Plan Form (2019): Meal Plan Sign Up

How much does this cost me?

The following prices for 2019 were based on the RPI Student Meal Plan you own:

  • 19+ On Demand Dining Plan ----------------------------------------------- FREE!!
  • Create-Your-Own Dining Plan* -------------------------------------------- $30.00
  • 15 Meals a Week Dining Plans --------------------------------------------- $10.00
  • 12 Meals a Week Dining Plans --------------------------------------------- $40.00
  • 10 Meals a Week Dining Plans --------------------------------------------- $40.00
  • 5 Meals a Week Dining Plan ------------------------------------------------ $80.00
  • Students who are not under the RPI Meal Plan** ------------------- $136.00

*If you are on the Create-Your-Own meal plan, 17 swipes will be deducted.
**If you would like to participate in the Passover Meal Plan without losing access to your swipes, you will need to pay the full price of the plan ($136).

If you are on the RPI meal plan, your card will not work in the dining halls from lunch on 4/20 through dinner on 4/27. Flex will still be available.

A La Carte meals are also available per meal at the following prices:
  Lunch: $8.00
  Dinner $10.00

We don't want anyone to be unable to participate for financial reasons.
Financial aid is available

Sounds Great, Sign Me Up!

Sign-ups and full infomation will be available at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.


Sukkot

(October 2-9, 2020)

A yearly tradition

Each year following the end of the high holidays, the hillel board arranges the building of our Sukkah. Members of the commmunity are invited to come pray and/or enjoy a meal in the sukkah any time throught the holiday.

Other holidays

Holidays are communal events where we get together despite busy schedules to celebrate.

For holidays that require missing class such as Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the various other Yomim Tovim: Teachers are generally very understanding, and will work with you to try to bring you up to speed as much as possible. Please plan accordingly and ahead for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and if you are keeping other days please check our calendar and notify your teachers at least two weeks ahead of time.

All holidays are celebrated and honored in the synagogues around Troy and in the surrounding area.