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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Meals and Events at Hillel

apples and honey

We are so excited to offer a full range of opportunities to celebrate and observe Rosh Hashanah. To RSVP for the events below, please sign up here!

September 13th - Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Dinner at Hillel 5:30pm ($10)
    Join us for a traditional meal with friends and community!
  • Rosh Hashanah Services in the Community (check below for times and location)
    Students join up with "synagogue captains" who will lead them to their respective synagogues of choice for the holiday.

September 14th - Rosh Hashanah

  • Rosh Hashanah Egalitarian Morning Service at Hillel 9:30am
  • Rosh Hashanah Lunch 1pm ($10)
  • Rosh Hashanah DIY Dinner ($10)
  • Rosh Hashanah Oneg at CMU

Hillel Jewish University Center is located at 4607 Forbes Ave - corner of Forbes & Craig. Meals are heavily subsidized by our donors, so tickets for students are only $10 per meal. If you are a parent or community member who would like to join us, please contact for more information.
Hope you will join us for the Holidays!

If you need help requesting off for Jewish holidays with professors, please go here. If you require additional assistance, please contact Danielle Kranjec.


Rosh Hashanah Services


Synagogue and High Holidays Service Information


Temple Sinai
5505 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Temple Sinai is a Reform congregation in Squirrel Hill. They offer a variety of services during the high holidays. Where they have two service times listed, the music during the earlier service is less formal with cantorial soloist accompanied by piano. The music during the later services is more formal and led by cantorial soloist with quartet accompanied by organ. The sermons for both the early and late services will be the same. Students need only show school ID for admission to services.

9/13  7:30pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service in the Leebov Sanctuary
9/14  8:30am or 11:30am: Rosh Hashanah Service in the Leebov Sanctuary
9/15  10:30am: Rosh Hashanah Service in the Barnett Chapel

Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Rodef Shalom is a Reform synagogue located in Shadyside. Their services are a blend of Hebrew and English. The Sanctuary Service uses Gates of Repentance. The cantorial soloist is joined by a quartet and organ accompanist. The Contemporary Service has its own machzor and the cantorial soloist plays the guitar and is accompanied by a pianist. The Contemporary Service provides opportunities for more congregational participation.

9/13   6pm: Contemporary Service in the Sanctuary 
          8pm: Traditional Reform Service in the Sanctuary
9/14  10am: Contemporary Service in Freehof Hall
         10am: Traditional Reform Service in the Sanctuary

Bet Tikva
Cohen Chapel, Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

9/14 7:30pm: Second night services

Bet Tikvah offers an egalitarian, nondenominational, lay-led service. It is open to LGBTQ people, and their friends and families. Following the service, we have an Oneg with apples and honey and honey cake.

Beth Shalom
5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Beth Shalom is a traditional, fully egalitarian, Conservative synagogue located in Squirrel Hill. All services are conducted primarily in Hebrew with the addition of some English readings. The machzor they use is Machzor Lev Shalem, published last year by the Conservative movement. Services are led by Rabbi Michael Werbow, Cantor Ben Rosner, and a large number of congregants who lead portions of the service, chant Torah and Haftarah, and blow shofar. Traditional cantorial melodies for the high holidays are mixed with a variety of congregational tunes. In addition, on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah and for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning, there is a completely lay-led service in the Samuel and Minnie Hyman Ballroom where the same liturgy is used, but with a strong emphasis on communal singing and participation, including sermons and brief "teachable moments" given by congregants. A meditation service will also be offered. During Neilah services at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, all participants are offered the opportunity to pass in front of the Ark, alone or with family, for a few private moments of personal prayer.

9/13  7pm: Congregational Mincha/Ma'ariv
9/14  9am: Rosh Hashanah Service in Sanctuary
         9am: Rosh Hashanah Service in Ballroom
         7pm: Congregational Mincha/Ma'ariv in Ballroom
9/15  9am: Rosh Hashanah Service in Sanctuary

Tree of Life/Or L'simcha
5898 Wilkins Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha is a traditional, progressive and egalitarian congregation affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism based in Squirrel Hill. They welcome students to participate in their High Holiday services.

9/13  8pm: Ma'ariv Service
9/14  9:15am: Rosh Hashanah Service
         4:00pm: Tashlich
         7:00pm: Mincha/ Ma'ariv
9/15  9:15am: Rosh Hashanah Service
         7:00pm: Mincha/ Ma'ariv Service

Dor Hadash
5898 Wilkins Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Congregation Dor Hadash is a Reconstructionist synagogue located in Squirrel Hill that welcomes students to participate in their High Holiday services. They were formed in the early 1960's as a prayer and study group and has been an affiliate of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation since 1969. Voluntarism and active participation are central to the religious, educational, and cultural life of the congregation. We are committed to providing our members with the opportunity for spiritual growth, life-long learning, prayer services, holiday celebrations, life cycle rituals, member support, and community belonging. Through our services, religious school, and celebrations we fulfill the commandment to teach our children their Jewish heritage and to engage them in an evolving Jewish civilization.

9/13  8pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
9/14  9:30am: 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service
9/15  9:30am: 2nd  Day Rosh Hashanah Service

Poale Zedeck
6318 Phillips Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

9/13 7pm: Erev  Rosh Hashanah Service
9/14 8am: 1st Day  Rosh Hashanah Service
        7pm: Mincha and Rabbi's Lecture
9/15 8am: 2nd Day  Rosh Hashanah Service
        7pm Mincha

Young Peoples Synagogue
6404 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Founded in 1946 as Young Peoples Synagogue, YPS was a pioneer havurah, or religious fellowship. As numbers of our congregants and their children made aliyah, we added Bohnai Yisrael (Builders of Israel) to our name. Our services are Modern Orthodox, congregant-led, participatory, with much congregational singing throughout. Renowned Cantor Moshe Taube will chant major portions of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, with other parts of the service, shofar-blowing, Torah reading and sermons delivered by congregants and officers.

9/13  6:30pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Services
9/14  8:30am: Rosh Hashanah Services
         6:30pm: Mincha/Maariv
9/15  8:30am: Rosh Hashanah Services

Shaare Torah
2319 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Shaare Torah is an Orthodox synagogue located in Squirrel Hill that serves the spiritual, religious and communal life cycle needs of the Pittsburgh Jewish community in an unassuming atmosphere—with tradition, warmth and respect. They are a family that melds observant Judaism and commitment to the State of Israel with fun congregational activities, learning opportunities, and community strengthening endeavors. Shaare Torah's service is a proper Orthodox service in the beautiful and inspiring main sanctuary that connects all of the participants with the Chazzan (service leader) and with each other. Participants are each provided with a prayer book with English translation. Page numbers and running explanation and commentary are regularly announced.

9/13 7pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
9/14 8am: 1st Day Rosh Hashanah Service7:15pm: Mincha and Rabbi's Rosh Hashanah Lecture
9/15 8am: 2nd Day  Rosh Hashanah Service
        6:55pm: Mincha and Shalosh Seudot

Congregation Poale Zedeck
6318 Phillips Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Poale Zedeck is a modern Orthodox synagogue serving Jews of all ages, background and religious orientations. Over 300 families are members of Poale Zedeck. On an ordinary Shabbat there are over 200 adults in the main sanctuary for services. Hospitality is available for Shabbat and holidays. The full-time spiritual leader is Rabbi Daniel Yolkut.

9/13 7:10pm: Maariv
9/14 8am: Shacharit
        10:30am: Drasha/Shofar
        7pm: Maariv
9/15 8am: Shacharit
        10:30am: Drasha/Shofar
        7pm: Maariv