The Religious Holiday Policy reads: The college (offices and departments) will not schedule public and/or college-wide events on the following major religious holidays: Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, the first night of Passover, Eid-al-Fitr, and Eid-al-Adha. The college calendar already excludes events on Christmas and Easter. Students must make arrangements with their faculty members in advance when an exam (including quizzes), papers, and other work are due on major religious holidays. A student will not be penalized for missing class or not handing in work on a holiday due to religious observance. However, students must notify faculty, in writing, reasonably  in advance of the holiday if they will be absent from class for religious observance. Likewise, students who observe these holidays must notify, in advance, their coaches should they have athletic practice or scheduled competition at a time of religious observance. While faculty and staff are expected to be sensitive to the needs of observant students of all faiths when planning lectures, field trips, work and other curricular activity that might conflict with observance of a major religious holiday, any course work or other obligation that is missed remains the student’s responsibility to complete. Faculty members are expected to make reasonable arrangements for students to complete missed work; students must make up the work. For questions, please contact Rabbi Marley Weiner at


Monday, September 7th - Deadline to sign up for a High Holidays Box in the mail from the Asbell Center

Thursday, September 10th / 6:30pm - Cooking sweet Rosh Hashanah rice with the Asbell Cooking Club!

Sunday, September 13th - Reverse Tashlich kick-off on Instagram (Reverse Tashlich involves cleaning up and taking care of local waterways)

Saturday, September 19th / 12:00pm - Meditation with Rabbi Marley (A recording will be available for those who wish to not use technology on Shabbat)

Tuesday, September 22nd / 5:00pm - Make origami shofars with Jesse, the Asbell Center's Engagement Associate

Thursday, September 24th / 7:00pm - Reflections: Past, Present, and Future with Hillel

Monday, September 28th / 4:00pm - Yom Kippur Learning with Rabbi Marley (A recording will be available for those who wish to not use technology on Yom Tov)

LOOKING FOR VIRTUAL SERVICES? Info about virtual High Holiday services will be available from Hille International


Rosh Hashanah

  • Begins sundown on Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Sunday, September 20, 2020

Yom Kippur

  • Begins sundown on Sunday, September 27, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Monday, September 28, 2020


  • Begins sundown on Friday, October 2, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Friday, October 9, 2020

Shmini Atzeret

  • Begins sundown on Friday, October 9, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Saturday, October 10, 2020

Simchat Torah

  • Begins sundown on Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Sunday, October 11, 2020


  • Begins sundown on Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Ends sundown on Friday, December 18, 2020

Tu Bishvat

  • Begins sundown on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • End sundown on Thursday, January 28, 2021


  • Begins sundown on Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Ends sundown on Friday, February 26, 2021

Passover (Only the first night of Passover is observed by the College)

  • Begins Sundown on Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Ends Sundown on Sunday, April 4, 2021


First Night of Passover Seder for students, staff and faculty
Saturday, March 27th at 6:00pm
Stern Center

Please join The Asbell Center for Jewish Life and Hillel in celebrating the first night of Passover at Dickinson College! A kosher for Passover catered meal will be provided. Please join the fun, interactive twist on the traditional Seder experience! The Seder will be led by Rabbi Marley Weiner to celebrate the first night of Passover.

Second Night of Passover
Sunday, March 28th at 6:00pm
Asbell Center, 1st Floor

Please join us for a student led Seder! Kosher for Passover catered meal will be served!!

The Asbell Center will Provide Kosher for Passover Food on the 3rd Floor
March 29th– April 4, 2021

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Asbell Center, 3rd Floor Student Lounge

-No RSVP or meal points required from March 28th - April 4th

The Asbell Center student lounge kitchen will be stocked with breakfast, lunch and dinner items during the week of Passover. Please stop by and help yourself. 

A grocery list will be available on the refrigerator for anyone to add items you would like us to provide, as well as any items that we are running low on and that need to be replaced.

Meals Provided via Dining Services
The Dickinson College KOVE will be closed during the week of Passover.

Yom HaShoah

  • Begins sundown on Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • Ends sundown on Thursday, April 8, 2021


  • Begins sundown on Sunday, May 16
  • Ends sundown on Tuesday, May 18