On Tuesday night, students and community members gathered at the Rothenberg Hillel House for the Kol Nidre service, which takes place on the eve of Yom Kippur, a major Jewish holiday. The service focuses on the sins each individual has committed in the past year and on atonement for those sins. Every seat at the house was taken. Though classes continued as normal the following day, many Jewish students on campus chose to fast.
“I had a really big presentation for my senior seminar, which was hard to do on an empty stomach,” Anne Malkoff ’16 said. “I was a little jealous of my friends at Oberlin [College] who didn’t have class today.”
The fast was broken when the sun set Wednesday evening, at which time Hillel hosted a break-fast meal of bagels and lox.
“I really enjoyed the dinner and service, and it’s nice to have found the traditions I’ve grown up with here at Kenyon,” Sam Leder ’17 said.
Members of the Kenyon community will also join together to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday, with a dinner tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Gund Commons.