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The holidays at Brandeis throughout the year are fun, festive, and reflective. Experiencing and celebrating a holiday for the first time in a new place, away from your family, your home friends, and your synagogue, is an opportunity to feel at home at Brandeis.
For every holiday that falls during the academic year, there are multiple services and celebrations based on student interests, so feeling at home in an atmosphere similar to a style that you are familiar with is easy.
Shabbat @ Deis
At the end of a long week filled with classes, assignments and exams, we celebrate Shabbat celebrate together at festive meals every Friday night and then again on Shabbat afternoon, usually in the Sherman Function Hall. Thanks to generous parents, alumni and friends there is no charge for students to attend Shabbat dinner or lunch. Everyone is asked to sign up in advance for meals so that we have enough food and don’t waste food.
Every Friday night during the school year, there are at least three, sometimes four, sometimes more, evening services to welcome Shabbat. All of the services on campus are organized by students and facilitated by students.
Brandeis has an Eruv, an established boundary within which Jews who follow this practice are permitted to carry on Shabbat. The eruv was originally constructed in the early 1980s under the supervision of Rabbi Yehudah Kelemer and Rabbi Shimon Eider. The current supervising rabbis are Rabbi Naftali Horowitz and Rabbi Moshe Heinemann.