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Hillel to host Rosh Hashanah dinner Sept. 16

On Sunday Sept. 16, Hillel at Ohio University will host its annual celebratory Rosh Hashanah dinner in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by holiday services in the multipurpose room.

Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the Jewish new year. It is a time of self-examination, repentance and remembrance.

"We encourage people to see it as a learning experience," said Rabbi Danielle Leshaw. "If non-Jewish students want to join us, they are more than welcome."

Since the opening of the new Baker Center, Hillel has used the building for this event.

"Since we've outgrown our building, utilizing the beautiful Baker space has been positive for us," said Leshaw.

Students can expect a semi-formal event. The meal will be accompanied by a spread of traditional Jewish holiday food, including round challah and apples with honey, which are specific to the celebration of the new year. Apples dipped in honey symbolize the desire for a sweet year and round challah symbolizes the continuous cycle of life. Rosh Hashanah blessings will also be said throughout the meal and special holiday songs will be sung during the service.

"It's a really good time for Jewish students to come together with their peers, celebrate the holiday and feel part of a larger community," said Leshaw.