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 2021 will be published soon!
(September 6-8, 2021)
(September 15-16, 2021)
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.
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.
(September 20-27, 2021)
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.
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.