High Holidays 2020

Each fall the High Holidays bring the Jewish community together to reflect on the past year and chart our personal and collective course for the year ahead. The past year, 5780, has been unlike any in our lifetime. These High Holidays too will be different from years past. Yet, while this year will be different, the themes of this season - gratitude, reflection, forgiveness and personal growth - remain timeless. In a time of great uncertainty, these High Holidays have the potential to provide some measure for normality to otherwise anxious time.

As we prepare for the High Holidays, we hope you will join the Jewish community at UF to celebrate the New Year. In keeping with UF Hillel's Commitment to Health and Safety, we will be offering a range of ways to mark this season.​

On Campus Experiences



For questions about RSVPs, please email Jamie Zinn.

Join Rabbi Jonah and student leaders to welcome the next year in the presence of community.  Service will include both English and Hebrew as we join together in prayer. While elements of the service will be familiar to those accustom to both Reform and Conservative style services, in an effort to limit potential transmission, there will be no singing. We hope you will join us to to reflect on the past year and look ahead for the new year with hope.

All in person gatherings will be on an RSVP only basis with limited capacity. To maximize the number of students able to participate, we will offer multiple times. All in person gatherings will be held outdoors with required social distancing and masks.

Sunday, September 27: Kol Nidre Services


Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur Morning Service


Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur Afternoon Reflective Activities

Monday, September 28: Yom Kippur Concluding Neilah Service and Break the Fast

Service: 7pm

Break the Fast Meal: 7:53pm

We invite you to enjoy your break the fast meal outside at Hillel or take it home with you


DIY Yom Kippur Kit

The deadline to request a DIY Kit was Thursday, Sept. 24th. Please email Jamie Zinn to inquire

about kit availability. Thank you for your understanding.

UF Hillel is excited to help students create their own meaningful Yom Kippur experience and enjoy a traditional break the fast meal from the comfort of their own home through our DIY Yom Kippur kit. Each kit includes a Yom Kippur reflection, apology notes to customize and send to family or friends, a fresh bagel, lox, cream cheese, fruit, black & white cookies, juice, and apples and honey.


Kits must be requested by Thursday, September 24th at 12pm and will be available for pick up at UF Hillel on Sunday, September 27th between 2:00 and 4:00pm. Students impacted by COVID-19 can arrange for contactless delivery upon request. For questions about the kits or to modify an existing request, please contact Jamie Zinn at jamie.zinn@ufhillel.org.

Virtual Experiences: Hillel's Higher Holidays

UF Hillel is excited to join the Hillel movement to help you elevate your High Holiday experience with a series of events featuring Broadway performers, Hollywood screenwriters, musicians and more!

SEPTEMBER 27 @ 5:30PM ET & 8:30PM ET
Explore your spiritual connection on the holiest night of the year…with a little help from the Tony Award-winning cast of The Band’s Visit.

SEPTEMBER 28 @ 10AM ET & 1:00PM ET
Choose one of two streaming options to activate your body and soul during the Day of Atonement.
Spiritually uplifting Reform-style services led by master prayer-weaver Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD and singer-songwriter Maya Elise, featuring students and special guests from around the world.

Reflect on who you want to be in this coming year through the music, themes and ideas of Yom Kippur. Hear student voices on the burning issues of the day, join together for aliyot to the Torah, and reflect on the role of mental health in our wellness and wellbeing with Dean Varun Soni, PhD, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California. Available with closed captions.


An audacious take on the High Holidays with some of the greatest thinkers, artists, authors and musicians of today.

An audacious take on the High Holidays with some of the greatest thinkers, artists, authors and musicians of today.
Who will live and who will die… and how does this impact who we are and who we want to be? This Yom Kippur, join the Higher Holidays Beyond the Book experience as we tackle these questions and more with the help of futurist Jason Silva from Shots of Awe, music from singer Shaina Taub, conversation with Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, Gotham star David Mazouz, actor Alex Lange and more

Together we take a moment to reflect on those who we have lost, while focusing on the kind of world we want to help create.


We're pleased to partner with Princeton Hillel to offer virtual Yom Kippur Conservative services. Please note RSVPs must be complete before 12pm on Friday September 18th.