CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sundown on Friday marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, a holiday representing the Jewish New Year.  

What You Need To Know

  • Sundown on Friday marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 

  • The Jewish community will be participating in celebrations across the country 

  • Queens University of Charlotte will be hosting a worship experience for students to bring in the holiday 

The holiday celebrates God’s creation of the world.

Rosh Hashanah includes traditions important to many families. 

Celebrations commemorating the holiday will be taking place nationwide, including on some college and university campuses. 

Queens University of Charlotte will be hosting a Rosh Hashanah worship experience for Jewish students and college students in the region. 

Athena Strickland studies music therapy at Queens University. 

The guitarist will be playing at the worship celebration. 

Strickland says the campus holding the worship experience confirms the university’s ongoing support for students in the Jewish community. 

"I really [feel] a lot of support," Strickland said. "I came in not really knowing my place in the Jewish community. This really reaffirmed my Jewish identity and really reaffirmed I do have a place that I belong."  

Student Chava Rosenberg expressed proudness about attending a university that's creating spaces for students to celebrate their faith. 

"When I came here I just felt blessed with the Jewish life on campus,” Rosenberg said. “We might be small, but we're very mighty.”

College-aged students across the region are invited to attend the worship experience. 

You’re asked to RSVP Rabbi Judy Schindler at

The celebration will take place Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at the Belk Chapel Rotunda.