This fall, for the first time, people who want to attend campus High Holiday services at Hillel must reserve admission in advance, reports Kathy Cooper, Hillel's office manager.
Students, faculty and staff with valid Stanford identification will be admitted at no charge, with advance reservations required, to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services held Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 and on Oct. 8 and 9. Faculty and staff may bring one guest each. Area residents who are not formally connected to the university may attend by reserving tickets in advance. Cost is $180 per person. All children under 18 years will be admitted at no charge, says Cooper.
In the past, High Holiday services were open to the area Jewish community at no charge. Robert Rosenzweig, president of the board of directors at Hillel, says that the growing community forced Hillel to change its policy.
"The burden on Hillel has grown to the point where our rabbinical resources are strained beyond capacity, the focus on students during the holidays has been almost entirely lost, and costs have mounted," Rosenzweig recently wrote in an open letter to the Jewish community at large. "Our staff spends so much time organizing and managing the services that they are unable to deal with the needs of Jewish students new to Stanford."
In addition to requiring reservations for High Holiday services, Hillel announced that only one Liberal and one Conservative service will be offered on campus this year. "Many local congregations have assured us that they will welcome and can accommodate those who wish to worship with them," Rosenzweig wrote. "While I deeply regret the need to change our long-standing policy, I hope that you will join me in taking pride in the burgeoning Jewish life in our area that has made the change necessary and possible."
Stanford community members will
receive new prayer books for use during the High Holiday services.
Other participants must buy their own prayer books, says Cooper.
Liberal services during the High Holidays will be held at Memorial
Auditorium. Conservative services will take place at Kresge
Auditorium during Rosh Hashanah and at Dinkelspiel Auditorium at
Yom Kippur. Those who wish to attend Orthodox services may contact
Hillel at 723-1602 for information. To find out about other
services in the Bay Area, call the Jewish Community Information and
Referral at (415) 777-4545 or log on to http://www.sfjcf.org/localjewishresources/
. A complete list of High Holiday
services is available at http://www.jholidays.org/ . SR