September 15, 2023

Yom Kippur

From Hilary Martin Himan, Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life
Did you know?
For some of our observant Jewish community members, they will be celebrating the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, from sunset on Sept. 24 to after nightfall on Sept. 25. Many will fast, and a common greeting is “Tzom kol”, or “Have an easy fast.” It is a somber day of atonement and reflection- so please do not wish someone “Happy Yom Kippur!”
If you are planning to observe this holiday, please do the following:
First, be sure to check your syllabi for all your courses. Determine what assignments or responsibilities you have for the class.
Consult with your professor as soon as possible, and explain to them that you will be observing Yom Kippur on the particular day(s) of their class. You would like to be absent with no penalties. If there is an exam, request to take it at an alternate time. If there is an assignment due, request an alternate due date. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse you from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class(es) or from completing all assignments and requirements of the course. You are also responsible for obtaining the materials and information provided during any class(es) missed.
If either you or your professor have questions, please email me, Hilary Martin Himan, at or at and I will do what I can to assist you.
Thank you!