Hofstra Hillel offers free, quality holiday programming for students. 

To learn about the Jewish holidays in general, check out these holiday cards, visit, or speak with one of the Rabbis in the Hofstra Hillel Office!


High Holidays 

The University is closed on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Anyone remaining on campus for the holiday can get FREE tickets to local synagogues.  Visit our Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur page.  


The Hofstra Hillel sukkah is constructed between the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center and Alliance Hall, North Campus .  Students are encouraged to come by and eat meals, study or attend programs in it. Please check our Sukkot page for a full listing of programs during the week of Sukkot.

Simchat Torah

Hofstra Hillel coordinates a student trip to Simchat Torah services with other local college students.  Please check the event calendar to see what we're doing for Simchat Torah this year!.


Depending on when Chanukah falls during the academic calendar, Hofstra Hillel may or may not provide holiday programming. Typically, we host several candle lightings around campus and a big Chanukah party complete with homemade latkes. Please check the event calendar to see what we're doing for Chanukah this year!


Purim programming is also dependant upon the academic calendar. Sometimes Purim falls during spring break. If Purim falls when school is in session, we typically host a megillah reading and Purim festivities. Please check the event calendar to see what we're doing for Purim this year!


Passover is another holiday that may fall during the spring break. If not, classes will be cancelled on the first two days of Passover. 

Hofstra Hillel has many options for students who remain on campus for the holiday.  On the first and second nights of Passover, several community members and Hillel staff open their homes to students who want to attend a family-style seder. If you are interested in joining a family for the first or second night seder email Josh Cohen at at least one week before the holiday. If you are a family interested in hosting, please email Josh Cohen.

Hillel staff will connect students who live far from campus with students who live locally as well.

Vist our Passover page for more about Passover at Hofstra. 

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Every year Hofstra Hillel commemorates Yom HaShoah.  In a central location on campus, students pay tribute to the six million Jewish martyrs by reading many of their names.  Members of the faculty, staff, and administration also participate in this solemn memorial vigil.  Hillel also invites Holocaust survivors to campus to speak with students.  Hillel partners with other student organizations to raise awareness about issues in Darfur, Congo and other countries around the world.  Check out the events calendar to see what we are doing this year.

Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israel Independence Day)

Hofstra Hillel celebrates Yom Ha'atzma'ut in a variety of ways.  The festivities, in a high-profile location on campus, include Israel music, free falafel, and distribution of information about Israel.

There are also opportunities to plant trees in Israel and write expressions of their hopes and prayers to pin on our local replica of the Western Wall.  Hofstra students bring these notes to Israel and insert them in the actual Western Wall in Jerusalem.  Please check the event calendar to see what we're doing for Yom Ha'atzma'ut this year!

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