Friday Night Shabbat
Friday nights, student-led Kabbalat Shabbat services take place in the sanctuary. The service includes Hebrew and English and is tailored to the needs of all community members, including the UVJC. Hillel is not officially linked to any one denomination of Judaism, and we make a point of being inclusive. People with new ideas are always welcome to contribute to the service; anyone who wishes to lead all or part of services or give the D’var Torah on any given Friday may do so. After Kiddush and ha’motzi, a free, student-cooked kosher dinner is served. The menu changes from week to week and from chef to chef, but the food is always kosher and always delicious. Hillel’s cooking coordinators go to great lengths to guarantee an enjoyable meal for all who come. The meals and services are always open to everyone, so come and join us, and bring your friends!
In addition to regular Friday night services, we hold a Learner’s Service at least once per term. This is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to learn about Shabbat services. We take special care during our learner’s services to explain the various prayers and rituals, and we encourage everyone to attend.
Saturday Morning Services
Run by the UVJC and led by Rabbi Boraz, Saturday Morning Services are at 9:30am. Hillel students, as well as anyone else interested, are always welcome to attend.
Havdallah Services are held occasionally during the year at sundown on Saturday evenings. We hold at least one Havdallah per term, which is usually accompanied by a delicious dinner. Claudia Palmer often opens up her house for Havdallah, affectionately known by all at Hillel as Claudallah.
Each year, Hillel sponsors a Pesach Seder on the first night. Over 250 people attend the main Seder in the Roth Center’s Sanctuary every year. Additional Seders, led by anyone who wants to lead their own Seder, are held in various rooms of the building. Hillel provides each Seder with everything needed to properly celebrate the holiday.
Students coordinate and help lead the Seders on the first night. A fully kosher and delicious dinner is catered by the Pavilion, Dartmouth’s kosher dining facility. Students and community members come together to partake in a wonderful event.
On the second night of Pesach, there are usually some smaller Seders taking place. The Roth Center is kept strictly kosher for Passover. Furthermore, students can eat kosher for Passover meals at the Pavilion for the entire duration of the holiday.
Hillel makes an added effort to accommodate the Dartmouth Community’s Jewish population during holidays and special religious observances. For the High Holidays, joint services with the UVJC are held in Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth’s non-denominational chapel. Attendance at these Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services is strong, with more than 500 people in attendance. Holidays, including Purim, Hanukkah, Simchat Torah and Sukkot, are all celebrated at the Roth Center.