Student-led services are offered through Brandeis Hillel.
Brandeis' spring break falls during the eight days of Passover.
The Center for Spiritual Life maintains a full list of religious holidays.
Residence halls remain open during holidays.
Read about Brandeis' policy on academic coursework and religious observance.
The university is committed to creating and maintaining a community that is respectful of the various religious beliefs of its students, staff and faculty.
From sundown on Friday through the lighting of the havdalah candle ceremony on Saturday night, Shabbat brings the wider Jewish community together in a warm, welcoming and fun atmosphere. Students can meet new people at Hillel's Shabbat dinner and attend one of Hillel's many services.
"It's an opportunity for students to take a break from all the academic coursework and to be with other students who care about Judaism," says Seth Winberg, Hillel's executive director and the university's senior chaplain.
Hillel puts up a large sukkah next to the Sherman dining hall for the entire campus to enjoy. Hillel hosts communal meals on the first and last days of the week-long holiday. During the intermediate days, Hillel groups organize concerts, group learning sessions, meals and other social events in the sukkah.
When Hanukkah falls during the semester, students light candles together in the Shapiro Campus Center and the dining halls. They also enjoy latkes in the dining hall or make them with friends and join in other community-wide celebrations.
This past year, Hillel hosted "I Made It Out of Clay," a dreidel-making party complete with snacks and a screening of "A Rugrats Chanukah" that was also a chance for de-stressing amid exams.
Read about 2021's celebration, "A Very Hillel Hanukkah."
Costumes, music, dancing, food and more! The Brandeis Breakfast Club, as the Hillel-sponsored event is known, draws hundreds of students. Last year's party featured breakfast burritos, a waffle bar and, of course, hamentaschen, the holiday's traditional triangular pastries filled with jelly. There was also a student klezmer band, yoga and making mishloach manot (Purim baskets) for friends.
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