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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Jewish Student Life 

Yom Kippur and Sukkot 2020/5781 

Contact Skidmore Hillel,  Martina Zobel, Coordinator of Jewish Student Life, or Paker Diggory, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life with any questions.          


It was lovely to connect with many from our community at the  Erev Rosh Hashanah dinner.  We hope that each one of you found meaningful ways to engage with Jewish tradition and practice to make this Rosh Hashanah special.   

Friday, september 25TH – erev shabbat, days of awe                                                                         
  • Challah: Sign up here to get an individually wrapped challah for Shabbat and/or Yom Kippur (Gluten Free option available)
  • Virtual check-in on Zoom at 4:30 PM. This is a great way to decompress, socialize, and meet new friends.
  • Ov’ll bring your own food from D-Hall.  Pick up your food before coming Dinner
    • You *absolutely must* RSVP on SkidSync for this event by Noon on Friday.
    • Location to be announced by 3:00 PM on Friday via email.
  • Interfaith Stargazing at 8:30 PM, Haupt Pond
    • Join with students from Christian Fellowship, the Newman Club and MSA to share some inspiring texts and an evening under the stars. RSVP here

 Saturday, September 26 - Shabbat, days of awe
    • Reverse Tashlich 2-4 pm:  Instead of casting our sins away we will safely collect trash from the woods around Falstaff's, thus engageing in Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) 
      • Meet at Falstaffs (come for 30 mins, or stay the whole time) 
      • RSVP required and PPE provided
    • Havdalah services on Zoom at 7:30 PM
 Sunday, September 27 – Erev Yom Kippur
  • Erev Yom Kippur dinner outside at 6:30 PM with candle lighting (sign up for challah above)
    • You’ll bring your own food from D-Hall.  Pick up your food before coming Dinner  (If you do not have meal swipes – this is on JSL)
    • You *absolutely must* RSVP for this event on SkidSync by Noon on Friday.
    • Location to be announced by 3:00 PM on Friday via email.
  • Services: Streaming services at 8:00 PM in-person (bring device and headphones).
    • You *absolutely must* RSVP on SkidSync 
    • If you have a congregation at home that is streaming services, you are of course welcome to watch them. 
    • If not, everyone has the option to stream the lovely Temple Sinai services (Zoom info below along with other options.)
Monday, September 28  - Yom Kippur Day
  • Services: Streaming  services at 10:00 AM in-person. (See note from Erev)
    • You *absolutely must* RSVP for this event on SkidSync by Noon on Friday. 
    • Location to be announced by 3:00 PM on Friday via email.
  • Meditative walk through Northwoods 1:00pm The starting point will be outside of Wilson Chapel.
  • Afternoon quiet space: All afternoon there will be quiet activities in Wilson Chapel please stop by and support the fast with friends!
  • Additional programming is being offered on Zoom:
    • 3:30 pm – “Out of the Belly of the Beast: Social Justice and The Book of Jonah in 2020/5781”; discussion led by Prof. Michael Marx – link here
    • 5:45-6:15 pm – “Open the Book Within: Musar to Move You Forward” led by Martina Zobel and Beth Novik  - link here
    • Streaming Evening Services & Shofar Blowing 6:30pm (see announcements from Hillel and SkidSync for info. 
  • Break2/ing of the Fast at 7:30 pm – in-person.
    • You *absolutely must* RSVP for this event on SkidSync by Noon on Friday. 
    • Location to be announced by 3:00 PM on Friday via email.


Get Ready for Sukkot

Get involved – make new friends, get outside! Look for HIllel updates or contact Martina Zobel for more information: 

Wednesday (9/30) – Start buliding the  Sukkah 

Thursday (10/1) – Finish building the Sukkah 

Friday (10/2 ) before Shabbat - Decorating the Sukkah

Erev Sukkot Friday, October 2nd


Welcoming Shabbat and Sukkot with services and dinner.  


Join Hillel on SkidSync and look for updates about a full schedule of online and in-person events for Sukkot. 


Try something different… Apply for our Hillel International Jewish Learning Fellowships – 

Starts Tuesday September 27th 7pm –  10 Sessions, No Hebrew or Prior knowledge Required – Curiosity a must!!

Apply for this Hybrid program today by emailing  (learn more at


G’mar Chatimah Tovah

Skidmore Hillel & Jewish Student Life


ORSL Interest form for new and incoming students: Sign up for updates relevant to your interests, including Jewish Student Life and related programming -  Interest Form

Coordinator of Jewish Student Life, Martina Zobel: 

Clubs: Skidmore College supports student-led clubs with a wide range of interests. Students who do not find the club they are looking for are encouraged to talk to our staff about creating new programming or starting new groups. Current clubs related to Jewish Student Life includ Skidmore Hillel and Skidmore's chapter of Challah for Hunger. Current students can log into SkidSync to see more about these clubs. Prospective students and families should contact our office for more information and check out the instagram pages for these clubs for a look at what they've been up to: Skidmore Hillel and  Challah for Hunger .

We are in the process of updating our webstie for Fall 2020. Many opportunities, including Shofar blowing and gatherings during Elul, High Holy Day services, Shabbat gatherings, and Sukkot programming will be available online. Current students shoudl be sure they are getting updates from Martina about opportunities as plans may change as in-person gatherings hopefully become more possible as well. 

More to come!