Jewish High Holidays

Information about the Jewish High Holidays

The start of the first full week of classes in 2018-19 coincides with the two-day Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The holiday begins at sundown on Sunday, September 9 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, September 11.  

Brown is committed to the principle of religious freedom, and we want all members of our community to be able to fulfill their religious and academic obligations. Religious services will be available on campus, and we encourage students to remain in Providence for the holiday. A full schedule of services is available here

Students will not be penalized for not attending classes in order to observe Rosh Hashanah on Monday or Tuesday, September 10 – 11. We have asked instructors not to make enrollment decisions until after the first week, and not to drop students who did not attend on those days. Shopping period has also been extended until Thursday, September 20, at 5:00 p.m., in consideration of Yom Kippur, which begins on Tuesday evening, September 18, and ends on Wednesday evening, September 19. 

Some instructors may not be able to meet their classes on September 10 or 11 because of the holiday.  Instructors will be encouraged to notify or signpost their cancellations in the classroom and on course syllabi and to make lecture notes available on Canvas or by request. Students are encouraged to search [email protected] after August 29 for course syllabi for the classes they have to miss because of their own religious observance.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of the Dean of the College ([email protected]) 401-863-9800.