Break the Fast

Dear Brandeis students:

You are cordially invited to join your Brandeis family at the campus for Break the Fast, following the Yom Kippur holiday on Wednesday, October 12. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a Jewish holiday of solemnity, prayer and fasting. Families and communities around the world will come together on that Wednesday evening to mark the conclusion of this most sacred day on the Jewish calendar and wish each other well for the New Year.

This has become a well-loved tradition at Brandeis, reflecting our history as a pluralistic, non-sectarian university founded by the Jewish Community. Our entire campus community is invited to celebrate together on the Great Lawn, where the large tent in front of the Shapiro Campus Center will open at 6 p.m. Lots of delicious food, all kosher, will be available until 9 p.m.
You are welcome to join us any time between 6 and 9 p.m. Please note that those members of our community who will have been fasting for twenty-five hours to mark the holiday will arrive soon after 7 p.m. In order to accommodate them, one serving station will not open until their arrival. Please also help us make sure that seats are available for these fasting students.

There are multiple opportunities for prayer and reflection throughout the holiday and all students, regardless of background or religious affiliation, are welcome to attend those as well as the annual campus Break the Fast dinner. You can find the schedule of services here: and on the campus events calendar.

While Sherman Dining Hall and several other venues will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 12, lower Usdan dining will be open regular hours (8 a.m. – 7 p.m.), Einstein’s Bros. Bagels will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and the Hoot Market will be open 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on this day. Updated information on dining venue hours is available at

Andrew Flagel
Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment