Celebrating the Jewish High Holidays

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are committed to the principles of human rights, equity, inclusion and belonging. Last weekend, September 15-17, and this coming Sunday and Monday, September 24-25 marks Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, respectively. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. Together, they are known as the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah celebrations are noted by eating apples and honey to wish the community a sweet and healthy New Year, and the blowing of the Shofar, a ram’s horn, to signify when the Jewish people received the Torah. Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, prayer, reflection and forgiveness with members of the Jewish community asking to be inscribed into the Book of Life.

Many Humber students, faculty and staff will be participating in Yom Kippur along with Jewish people around the world. 

The Humber community is encouraged to learn more about the High Holidays

Please be mindful that students, faculty and staff may require accommodations such as time off or extensions to participate in Yom Kippur. If you have questions regarding the duty to accommodate based on religion, please contact Jason Seright, vice-president, Inclusion and Belonging, at jason.seright@humber.ca

On behalf of the Inclusion and Belonging portfolio, People(s) and Culture, and Student Success & Engagement, we wish the members of the Jewish community a sweet New Year and all the best on Yom Kippur.