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Shabbat & Holidays

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Shabbat

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 5:30 in the spring before the sun sets. We first meet for services 30 minutes prior, then wash hands and eat.

Shabbat dates, times, and locations for the upcoming semester:
10/6   6:00-9:00pm  UnionPhalanx (Sukkot)
10/20  6:00-9:00pm  Union Phalanx

11/3   5:30-9:00pm  Union 3510 & 3511
11/17  4:15-7:45pm  Union 3510 & 3511
12/1   4:00-7:30pm  Union 3510 & 3511
12/15  4:00-7:30pm  Union 3510 & 3511
Please see the home page for more details on our next Shabbat

High Holidays

If you need assistance with being excused from a class, please send us an email or talk to any board member.

Rosh Hashanah: September 20-22
Yom Kippur: September 29-30

The Hillel board will be arranging a walking group to each of the 3 area synyogues.
More information will be coming soon as the the time and meeting location of these groups.

Other Holidays

Holidays such as Sukkot and Pesach at Hillel are communal events where we get together despite busy schedules to celebrate. Further details for such holidays will be posted here once thewy have been confimed.

Holidays that require missing class - 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 these days.

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

Passover Like No Other

Special Treatment

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 may purchase 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. Full details can be found under the Passover link above.

Enrolling In The Ultimate Meal Plan

The following is LAST year's Passover Meal Plan and Menu:

Passover Menu (2017): Menu (PDF)
Passover Meal Plan Form (Online): Meal Plan Sign Up

Israel: The Land of Milk and Honey

Culture

We try to integrate many different aspects of Israeli life and culture into all of our different Hillel events. From saying a prayer for the state of Israel each week at our Shabbat dinners to integrating Israeli themes or customs into our holiday and joint events, like Middle Eastern music and dancing, to even hosting Israeli themed events, like falafel making.

There and Back Again: RPI Students on Taglit Birthright Israel

If you are interested in going on a Taglit Birthright Israel trip RPI-Sage Hillel is more than happy to help you organize, and join an upcoming journey to Israel! Feel free to email us at hillel@rpi.edu for more info.

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