Dear Brown RISD Hillel Community,

There is nothing more important to Hillel than the health and flourishing of every student in our networks. Especially in these days of awe, we are mindful of the value of life and our dedication to supporting students as they build communities of wellbeing and safety.

Along with all of you, we received Provost Locke’s letter outlining the University’s implementation of new, temporary, Covid-19 restrictions. BRH has already taken steps to comply with these new rules while ensuring we can continue to serve Jewish students across College Hill.

Hillel’s holiday and Shabbat programming fall under the category of university-hosted events. Under the temporary policy, “University-hosted events of any size — which are structured, staffed and supervised by academic or administrative units — may continue to be held in compliance with mask protocols.”

  • Yom Kippur services, including pre-fast and break-fast meals will take place as scheduled with Hillel’s existing masking protocols. No indoor dining will be permitted – students will be required to eat pre- and post-holiday meals in Hillel’s second-floor terrace and courtyard. Holiday programming that can take place outside will do so. If plans change for Yom Kippur observance, we will follow up with an additional note.

  • Beyond Yom Kippur, Hillel’s Shabbat and weekday minyanim will continue with Hillel’s existing masking protocols and with meals enjoyed outdoors. In every case, efforts will be taken to shift religious and spiritual programming outdoors until restrictions are eased.

  • Student initiatives and programs that are not staffed and supervised by Hillel’s team of professionals will be hosted virtually.

  • Hillel’s Weiner Center will remain open and fully accessible to all students for studying and socializing in groups of five or fewer people.

Hillel’s professionals and student leaders have demonstrated an innovative and creative spirit throughout this long pandemic. In spite of restrictions, Jewish life has managed to thrive and the rituals of our tradition have served as vehicles for students of every background to come together, to celebrate, and to make sense of this challenging moment.

Students, if you have specific questions, be in touch with us via Instagram or drop a note into the inbox of any staff person. For parents, if you would like to be in touch, please feel free to call Hillel’s main office (401.863.2805) or send an email to:

With wishes for a Shannah Tovah – a good New Year – and gmar chatimah tovah – that we all may be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.

Rabbi Josh Bolton, Executive Director

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti, Rabbi & Associate Chaplain

Molly Goldmeier, Assistant Director

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