George Mason High Holiday Services

Join George Mason Hillel for the 2016/5777 Jewish High Holidays. Our unique service is led by Rabbi Michael Namath of the Religious Action Center. We use the On Wings of Awe machzor/prayer book. Those familiar with reform and conservative liturgy will feel at home at our service.

Community members who do not have a home for the Jewish holidays are welcome to join us. Your support is essential to bringing High Holiday services to campus. Thank you for your continued support.

Tickets are FREE for GMU Students

Hillel requests Community Members make a donation to GMU Hillel. Suggested amount: $150/individuals, $300/families.

Free student tickets and Community member tickets can be ordered here.  Skip the fees by mailing in your registration and paying by check. Click here to print a paper registration to be mailed to Mason Hillel at 4400 University Dr. MSN 2C7, Fairfax, VA 22030

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Please bring your tallit and kippot. For more information call (703) 993-3321 or E-mail: Be sure to leave your name, address, day and evening phone.


High Holiday Services Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM 

Rosh Hashanah Day

Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM 

Kol Nidre (Yom Kippur Evening)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM 

Yom Kippur Day

Morning Service: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10:00 AM 

Evening Service (Neillah): Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

All services will be located in George’s on the third floor of the Johnson Center. 


What is my parking option for getting to the High Holiday services?

Parking vouchers come at an additional cost of $12. Parking validations will be distributed at High Holiday services. Park at the Pond Parking Deck for a convenient walk to Mason Hillel services. 

Note: You will require a validation to exit the Pond parking garage. It is inserted into the machine instead of credit card payment. Please hold onto your entrance ticket as you will still need that to exit.

We will have validations available during all services for those who have pre purchased them. Parking without a pre purchased validation is $3 per hr up to $15 max per day.

For a map of campus please visit this siteClick here for map. The Pond Parking deck is number 41 and the Johnson Center is number 29. Should you have trouble finding George’s, visit the Info center in the center of the Johnson Center. George’s on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center is handicap accessible.

Will there be tallit and kippot?

While we have several tallit and kippot we strongly suggest you bring your own as we have a limited number. 

Do I need to participate in the service or need to know Hebrew?

You may participate as much, or as little as you would like for the service. We greatly appreciate those who would like to participate reach out beforehand so that we may give you an honor for the service. 


Expressions of the Holocaust: Storytellers


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Mason Hillel Presents the Second Annual: Expressions of the Holocaust, Storytellers

November 11, 2014 at 7:00pm, George Mason University, Johnson Center Cinema

Join Mason Hillel for a night of storytelling to honor the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. We will hear from a survivor panel, witness a one act performance, and learn from a student created mini-documentary with a dessert reception to follow the program.

Uniform, a fictional performance, involves three Jewish siblings hiding from the Nazis in Hungary. It is the story of keeping one’s humanity, in an inhumane time. Uniform was written by Mason Alumnus, Aaron Sulkin.

The mini-documentary interviews NoVA survivors, Mason students and faculty regarding their perspectives for keeping the memory alive for future generations. The film was produced by Mason students of Delta Kappa Alpha, a film fraternity. There are limited seats available for community members.

To get tickets visit:

Community Ticket: $36

Mason Students: Free

Sponsorships available

Mason Hillel Taglit-Birthright Israel Bus- May 2014

Registration opens on Wednesday, February 19th at 10:00 am eastern time.
(Tuesday, February 18th for previous applicants)
at (referral code GMU)    

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*For the first time ever, any Jewish college student between the ages of 18 and 26, who has traveled to Israel prior to turning 18, is now eligible If you have have been to Israel on a family trip, a touring group, educational program, study program or an organized extended residential program prior to turning 18,  we encourage you to apply and experience Israel with Taglit-Birthright Israel and Mason Hillel!*

If you are a Jewish college student, age 18-26, you’re invited to visit Israel as our guest.   This gift is made possible through a $210 million partnership from a group of prominent philanthropists, local Jewish Federations, the people of Israel through their government, Keren Hayesod and The Jewish Agency for Israel.


• When is the trip?
Our summer trip is leaving at the end of May and returning in early June. We will share information about the final dates as soon as we have it.

• What if I am not sure of my summer plans, but I want to try to go on the trip this summer?
If you aren’t sure about your summer plans, but you are interested in the trip, we encourage you to register and pay the refundable deposit. There will be plenty of time to withdraw once we announce the dates; however, if you do not register before registration closes, we unfortunately will not be able to get you into the system.

• What if I sign up and then I can’t go?  Will I get my deposit back?
When you register, you are required to pay a deposit to be considered for admission. If you decide you cannot go, you can withdraw and receive your deposit back if you do so before the withdrawal deadline. If you withdraw after this deadline, you will lose the deposit.  The deadline will be communicated to all students who register, so that there is no confusion.

• If I register am I guaranteed a spot?
Registration is a bit of a numbers game, because we cannot predict how many students will register; however, we truly work very hard to accommodate everyone who registers.   If we have more registrants than spots, a waiting list will be created, and we will do our best to accommodate people from that list.

• Can I go with friends from other schools?
Non-Mason students can sign up for the Mason trip.

• Is there anything I have to pay for?
Participants will receive their deposit back upon completion of the trip. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the point of embarkation (usually in the New York area) and for the cost of an average of one meal a day on their own. Participants are also asked to bring $70 in tip money for tour providers in Israel. Any shopping or additional spending money is at your discretion.

• Can I see a sample itinerary?
Sure!  email

• What’s the catch?
None at all.  We are offering you this gift because we believe that a Jewish journey to Israel is your birthright.


The short version of who is eligible:
• Someone who is 18-26 who will have graduated high school at the start of the trip and who identifies as a member of the Jewish people with at least one Jewish parent or a formal conversion.

The short version of who is not eligible:
• Someone who lived in Israel after their 12th birthday, or who has begun but not completed the conversion process or who identifies as a member of another faith or who has been to Israel on a peer trip after the age of 18. Please contact if you have questions about your eligibility for the trip.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is an amazing, FREE, ten day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults between 18 and 26 who have not been on a peer trip to Israel after the age of 18.

This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel

Agudas Achim Shabbat Teacher Sought


Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, VA, is seeking a teacher for our Shabbat NOAM Program. The course meets from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon during the school year on Shabbat morning. Must have knowledge of the Conservative Movement Shabbat Morning service.

  • Teacher will help run a Shabbat service for 3rd – 6th graders along with another teacher.
  • Must have your own transportation.
  • Contact – Scott Littky, Education Director –

    Etz Hayim Teaching Positions


    Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington, VA is a conservative
    synagogue that is committed to lifelong learning. We are a socially
    progressive, warm and welcoming community that encourages
    spiritual and intellectual growth for everyone in our community. Our school thrives on the creativity of our teachers, and encourages outside of the box thinking. We are eager to hear
    from those who want to give back to the community and enhance their
    own learning at the same time.

    At this time we are seeking teachers for the following positions:

    Religious School Teacher – Sundays only, positions available for
    preschool, elementary and middle school classes (9:30am-12:30pm)

    Hebrew Teacher – Wednesdays only, positions available in middle school
    classes (4:45pm-6:45pm)

    Youth Advisor

    If you have some experience working with school-aged children, are comfortable with a wide range of opinions and attitudes towards Jewish experiences and knowledge, please send your resume and a cover letter describing which position most interests you and why to us at:

    If you would like more information call 703-979-4466

    Great Nanny Position

    We are looking for a full time live-out nanny to care for our very sweet three-year-old at our home in Occoquan, Virginia beginning as soon as possible. Our perfect candidate will be a loving and trustworthy caregiver who enjoys reading books, going for walks, playing games, signing songs and genuinely keeping our sweet toddler happy. Continue reading Great Nanny Position

    Inspiring Jewish students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.