The Jewish observance of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Monday evening.
UVM Hillel is marking the occasion with a dinner and service. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish new year. It's a time of celebration and inward reflection. The holiday begins a 10-day period of known as the "Days of Awe," which ends next week with Yom Kippur.
"I know that with the secular new year, there's also some idea of reflecting," said Nellie Krentzman, director of Jewish student leadership at UVM Hillel. "However with this new year you're supposed to be celebrating right along with taking time out to reflect, to really be inside yourself as well as have a conversation with a higher power, with God, around who you are and who you've been for the last year and who you want to be for the year coming up."
UVM Hillel says the college has more than 1,600 members of the Jewish community. That's about 15 percent of the student body.