JU 2018

Holidays with Hillel

Stony Brook University Hillel strives to offer quality holiday programming for students.

Below, you will find information about celebrating holidays at Stony Brook.  For more information about holidays in general, please visit myjewishlearning.com.

Click here for information regarding academic policies related to religious observance at Stony Brook University

 Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur


Classes at Stony Brook University will be in session for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  We offer both Orthodox and Conservative services on campus which are open to students, faculty, staff and community members. We are also excited to offer Rosh In A Rush, an abridged service option for students, which is followed by a delicious holiday meal. 

Students who wish to attend meals and services provided by Hillel should check the High Holidays 2016 page for updated information.


Stony Brook University Hillel is proud to have two Sukkahs located on campus. Locations are as follows:

Main Campus: Located in the courtyard of the Student Union.

Health Science Center: Level 3, HSC Patio

Our staff often open their Sukkahs at home to students for specific programs and meals. 

Students are encouraged to take their food from Delancey Street and dine in the Main Sukkah in the Student Union Courtyard

In addition, we hold a full week of programs such as our annual "Sukkah Hop". Our Sukkah Hop allows participants to delicious food in various sukkahs throughout our community. This is annual tradition is a Stony Brook favorite! 

 Lulav and Etrog

Those who wish to have their own lulav and etrog (the four species) for the Festival of Sukkot may order them through Hillel. Each set has a palm (lulav), myrtle (hadassim), willow (aravot), in a holder, and etrog.  They will be available for pick up prior to the Sukkot holiday which begins the night of October 16th
To place your order click HERE
All orders must be received no later than October 6, 2016

 Simchat Torah

Stony Brook Hillel joins with Stony Brook Hebrew Congregation for an on-campus celebration featuring singing, dancing and delicious foot long sandwiches at our SUB-sational Simchat Toarh Celebration! This is a festive holiday experience that is not to be missed!


Latke 1000 is our annual Hanukah Olympics! Menorah building, Hankukah song writing, dreidel spinning comeptetion and 1000 Latkes!

When classes are in session during Hanukkah, Hillel also holds daily candle lighting at the giant SAC Menorah. In addition, there is often a Hanukkah party and menorah lightnings in the HSC!


Purim programming is dependent upon the academic calendar. If Purim falls when school is in session, we typically host several megillah readings, followed by Purim festivities. These celebrations have ranged from a carnival night with an inflatable jousting ring to a night of illusion, featuring a magician and a caricaturist.


Classes will be in session at Stony Brook University throughout Passover. There will be two on-campus seders held for students. Delancey Street will be open throughout the holiday, offering Kosher for Passover meals. We also offer educational programs prior to Passover, helping students prepare for the holiday.  

 Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Every year Stony Brook University Hillel commemorates Yom HaShoah with a memorial service honoring the six million victims. Faculty, students, staff and community members join together for this moving tribute. The memorial service is followed by our annual Holocaust Remembrance Program. Past programs have featured Holocaust survivors, American Jewish GIs who helped to liberate camps, performances of music from the Holocaust, and film screenings.

 YomHa'atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day)

Stony Brook University Hillel celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut in a variety of ways.  The festivities have included campus- wide Israel Fairs, Israeli music and dancing, Krav Maga demonstrations, film festivals, speakers, free falafel, and distribution of information about Israel. This program strives to bring a taste of Israeli culture and pride to the Stony Brook campus.