Jewish High Holy Day services held on campus: Co-Rabbis hold services to celebrate the Jewish New Year

Posted by Joanne Schwartzberg

Over the next two weeks, Rabbis Linda Motzkin and her husband Jonathan Rubenstein will be hosting a series of services, mostly taking place in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, to celebrate the Jewish New Year. All events are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public.

The celebration of the Jewish High Holidays began Wednesday, Sept. 28 with a well-attended Rosh Hashana dinner sponsored by Hillel, a student organization that organizes activities through the Office of Jewish Student Life, located on the second floor of the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. About 80 students rang in the Jewish New Year with apples and honey, challah, brisket and potato latkes provided by Dining Services.

Following the dinner, the college and the local Reform synagogue Temple Sinai, for which Motzkin and Rubenstein are co-rabbis, came together for evening Rosh Hashana services in the JKB Theater. Donations for local relief efforts following Hurricane Irene also were collected at the services. About 10 boxes of food, clothing, and other necessities have been collected as of today from students and members of the Temple Sinai community. Donations are still being accepted during service hours at the JKB theater.

The Holiday continues with the services sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, in conjunction with Temple Sinai, held in the JKB Theater. For more information, contact Coordinator for Jewish Student Life Lollie Abramson. For more information regarding services, Temple Sinai can be contacted at (518) 584-8730 or through its website at

High Holiday events at Skidmore Include:

Rosh Hashana

10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29: Rosh Hashanah Morning Services at the JKB Theater.

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29: Tashlich ceremony at Congress Park.

10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30: Rosh Hashana Second Morning Services at Temple Sinai.

Yom Kippur

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7: Kol Nidre Services at the JKB Theater.

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8: Yom Kippur Morning service at the JKB Theater. Following services there will be a walk in North Woods with a discussion group.

4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8: Yizkor (memorial) and Neilah (closing) services, followed by a break the fast in the JKB Theater Lobby.

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