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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur Meals and Events at Hillel



To RSVP for the events below, please sign up here!

September 22nd - Erev Yom Kippur

  • Pre Fast Dinner at Hillel 5:15pm ($10)
    Join us for a traditional meal with friends and community before the fast!
  • Yom Kippur 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.

September 23rd - Yom Kippur

  • Quiet Space at Hillel (starting after noon)
  • Neilah Service at Hillel 7:05pm
  • Shofar and Break Fast at Hillel 8pm

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.


Yom Kippur Services


Synagogue and High Holidays Service Information


Temple Sinai
5505 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Yom Kippur Services
9/22 6pm or 8:30pm: Kol Nidre Services
9/23 8:30am or 11am Yom Kippur Morning Service
        1:15pm Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
        5:15pm Yizkor Service with Ne'ilah to follow

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.

Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Yom Kippur Services
9/22 6pm: Contemporary Service in the Sanctuary
        8pm: Traditional Reform Service in the Sanctuary
9/23 10am: Contemporary Service in Freehof Hall
        10am: Traditional Reform Service in the Sanctuary
         4pm: Yizkor and Concluding Service in the Sanctuary

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. Our Cantorial soloist in 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.

New Light
1700 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Yom Kippur Services
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New Light Congregation is a Conservative Synagogue located in Squirrel Hill and is dedicated to the creation of an environment which seeks to foster the participation of its members in prayer, study, charity and celebration in accordance with Jewish values. Religious services at New Light are in both English and Hebrew. Women and men enjoy full and equal rights during worship. We encourage the congregation to participate in prayer and song.

Beth Shalom
5915 Beacon Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Yom Kippur Services
9/22 6:15pm: Mincha in Sanctuary and Ballroom
        6:30pm: Kol Nidre in Sanctuary and Ballroom
9/23 9am: Yom Kippur service in Sanctuary and Ballroom
        5pm: Congregational Mincha
        6:30pm: Neilah in Sanctuary
        7:35pm: Shofar blowing in Sanctuary
        7:40pm: Ma'ariv service in Sanctuary

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.

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

Yom Kippur Services
9/22 6:45pm: Kol Nidre Service
9/23 9:15am: Yom Kippur Service
        1:30pm: Kallah Program
        5:15pm: Mincha
        6:45pm: Neilah
        7:15pm: Ma'ariv/ Havdalah
        8:00pm: Shofar Blowing

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.

Dor Hadash
5898 Wilkins Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Yom Kippur Services
9/22 6:45pm: Kol Nidre Service
9/23 9:30am: Shachrit Service followed by Yizkor and Musaf Services
        5:30pm: Mincha/Neilah Service

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.

Shaare Torah
2319 Murray Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Rosh Hashanah Services
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Yom Kippur Services
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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.

Young Peoples Synagogue
6404 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Yom Kippur Serivces
9/22 6:25pm: Kol Nidre Services
9/23 8:30am: Yom Kippur Services

Young Peoples Synagogue was founded in 1945 for returning war veterans. They are an orthodox synagogue located in Squirrel Hill that is completely member-led, with no professionals and no staff. They hold very traditional lay-led services and welcome students to join them for the High Holiday services.