If you are looking for a more traditional service while in Tallahassee, visit the Tallahassee Jewish Federation website for a full listing and contact information on local synagogues.
high holy days

High Holy Day Services are held in room 203 Student Services Building (SSB), 275 Traditions Ways,  (above Denny’s on Woodward). Services are free and open to the public. You may come and go as you need to for classes. Be sure to alert your professors during the first two weeks of classes if you anticipate missing class for a religious observance. Click here for the 2017 Holy Days Dates letter and the dates of this year’s observances.

Rosh HaShanah –
Wednesday, September 20th – Evening services begin at 7p.m.
Thursday, September 21st – Day services begin at 10a.m.

Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre Services: September 29, 7:00pm at SSB 203
Morning and Torah Services: September 30, 10:00am at SSB 203
Yizkor (memorial) Services: September 30, 1:00pm at SSB 203
Neilah (closing) Services: September 30, 7:00pm at SSB 203

At the conclusion of Neilah, There will be a small, “grab and go” Break the Fast at the building for when the fast ends, but after services we’ll be heading over to Momo’s Pizza to fill up on some hard earned carbs!!

IMPORTANT Note: The fast officially begins at 6:52pm on Friday, September 29, and ends pm on Saturday, September 30. Check the calendar for details.


Rosh HaShana Dinner is held after Wednesday night services at Hillel at FSU, pre-paid only. Click the button on the right to pay $18/person. If you come to dinner, there might be a space, but be prepared to leave your $18 in the tzedakah box when you arrive. We will seat you if possible!


Read on to find the answers to your frequently asked questions about the holidays and their observance at FSU.

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Dinner Menu

Matzo ball soup
Garden salad and dressings
Traditional Brisket
Seasoned Baked Chicken
Vegetarian option(s)

Garlic mashed potatoes
Sweet potato tzimmes
Steamed broccoli
Garden rotini pasta with broccoli, squash and peppers
Honey cake

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur?

Yes, Hillel will be having services for both holidays. The “Events” pages lists all dates and locations. Rosh HaShanah starts on Wednesday, September 20 2nd and Yom Kippur begins on Friday night, September 29.

What time are the services?

You’re welcome to come and go during services as you may need. Refer to questions below about excuses for your professors or local synagogue. Here are Hillel’s service hours:

Services 7:00 p.m. – 203 Student Services Building above the Den Diner on Park and Woodward.
Dinner (prepaid) at Hillel (Woodward corner of St. Augustine Street) immediately following services about 8:30-9:00 Use the Paypal button displayed above to pay ASAP.

If the button is not shown, it means we have reached capacity and can not guarantee that you’ll have a seat, so we won’t take your money, but we will try to squeeze you in.

Services 10:00 a.m. – 203 Student Services Building above the Denny’s Diner on Park and Woodward.
Tashlich 2:00 p.m. Lake Elberta


Kol Nidre Services 7:00 p.m. – 203 Student Services Building above the Den Diner on Park and Woodward.
Morning & Yizkor Services  10:00 a.m.
Afternoon discussion: About 2:00pm-3:00pm. Details at services
Neilah 7:00 p.m.
A light break the fast to follow

Where are services?

Services are in room 203 of the Student Services Building, over the Denny’s diner, on Park Avenue at the corner of Woodward.

Who leads services?

Lara Tessler assisted by members of the Jewish Celebration (Ritual Committee) will be leading services. Services also include a number of volunteer participants. Please see FAQ: What can I do to help out? for further details.

What does it cost to attend services?

Services are free to attend.  

What about the Rosh HaShanah dinner?

Rosh Hashanah dinner will cost $18 and a ticket can ONLY be purchased online (or via Parents Circle Donations). The menu and payment button are above. There will be a vegetarian entree. Dinner is immediately following Erev Rosh HaShanah services.

What about the New Year’s Party?

Typically, Hillel along with other Jewish organizations will host a party between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, keep a look out for advertisements.

What about Break the Fast?

Hillel hosts Break the Fast after Yom Kippur services have concluded.

What can I do to help out?

We are always looking for volunteers! There is a long list of things we need help with including: schlepping over materials, helping with setting up/tearing down, reading Hebrew/English, and assisting leading services, just to name a few. Send us email or feel free to stop by Hillel and sign up to help in any way you feel comfortable.

I want to learn how to read Hebrew?

Keep an eye out for our crash course in Hebrew we offer, also check out the various sources on the website.

I want to learn how to chant?

Check our links on the website for information, or stop by Hillel and we can get you in touch with ways of learning.

What should I wear?

Wear what makes you feel comfortable. For some this means dressing up, and for others it means dressing down, wear what you feel is appropriate.

I’m not Jewish, can I come?

Yes, we do not turn anyone away, Jewish or not.

Are there local synagogues?

Yes there are local synagogues. Temple Israel is reform, Shomrei Torah is conservative and Chabad is here as well.

How do I get to a local synagogue?

Let us know where you would like to go and we can arrange a carpool to help you reach your destination.

What about my classes if I want to go home?

Essentially, IN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER, you need to inform your instructor that you will be observing a religious holiday. You need to advise the instructor in advance and make sure you get notes and information from a classmate on materials you miss. If an exam is scheduled on the day you are off, you will need to make up the exam (or similar evaluation).You should check here for the Religious Holy Days observance policy at this link. Scroll to the bottom of that page to read it!  

What about my classes if I stay in Tallahassee?

Same as above. Hillel services are open and you may come and go during the day as your schedule permits.

Do you do Tashlich?

Yes, we do a Tashlich at a local lake close to campus. Following services on Rosh HaShanah day, we’ll have a short lunch at Hillel (please RSVP) and then go over to Lake Elberta on Lake Bradford Road.

Where can I learn more about the holidays?

Click the links on each item above or search on your own at myjewishlearning.com site.