UMBC Begins a New Tradition with “Ten Days of Awesomeness”

UMBC Hillel will host High Holiday celebrations on campus for the first time this September.

“It’s the right time.  UMBC has come such a long way,” said Rabbi Jason Klein, director of UMBC Hillel. “It’s important to deliver on students’ needs where they are: on campus.”

Klein adds that the events are meant to connect with the entire university.

“It will help take campus life to a new level for everyone, not just the Jewish community,” said Klein.

During Hillel’s “Ten Days of Awesomeness,” members of the UMBC community and their guests can participate in activities that include holiday services on campus, meals, spiritual prep programs and music programs.  There will also be a Pentagon Memorial and DC monument night tour and a visit to UMBC’s telescope.

“Holiday celebrations are natural to do at home,” Klein said.  “As we become a more residential campus, UMBC becomes a reflection of home for students.”

The events will begin in the Interfaith Center with Shabbat services and dinner September 3 at 6 p.m., followed by spiritual preparation for the High Holidays at 8:30 p.m.

Members of the UMBC community and guests that wish to sign up for meals at the events must register by August 26.  Anyone who would like to volunteer to help set up, clean up, greet guests, read Torah, or have another role in any of the services should email hillel@umbc.edu for details.

For more details and information, go to: www.umbchillel.org/ten-days-of-awesomeness/

-Conor Aylsworth ‘09

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