Break the Fast

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

You are cordially invited to join your Brandeis family at the campus for Break the Fast, following the Yom Kippur holiday on Saturday, Sept. 30. 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 Saturday evening to mark the conclusion of this most sacred day on the Jewish calendar and wish each other well for the New Year.

Break the Fast has become a well-loved tradition at Brandeis, reflecting our founding by the Jewish community as an inclusive university that honors our values of academic excellence and using our talents to improve the world. 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 will be available until 9 p.m.

You are welcome to join us any time between 6 p.m. 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, two serving stations with certified kosher food will not open upon arrival of the Mashgiach (an on-site inspector representing a kosher certification agency). 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 September 30, Lower Usdan dining will be open regular hours (8 a.m. – 7 p.m.); Upper Usdan Food Court will be open 12 p.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

Coming together feels especially important after the recent hate demonstrated in vandalism on campus, the tragedies caused by hurricanes and earthquakes, and the continuing rancor of national issues. I hope with all my heart for comfort and healing for those who need it, and that we find courage in the strength of our Brandeis community.

Andrew Flagel
Senior Vice President of Students and Enrollment