To kick off the celebrations, the Beren Leadership class for KU Hillel Interns discussed “Israel and Leadership,” where interns participated in small group discussions on hot topics in Israel such as women, the army, Israeli food, Birthright Israel and politics.
Jayhawks for Israel, KU’s Pro-Israel Advocacy group on campus, also presented to the Beren Leadership class to encourage KU Hillel students to get involved with the American-Israel relationship.
On Wednesday, student leaders led a KU Hillel favorite, “Falafel on the Hill” where students enjoyed falafel and Israeli salad while engaging in conversations about Israel. Other activities included a reunion for Birthright alumni, a tabling event at Naismith Hall that informed students about opportunities to go to Israel, as well as an Israeli-themed Shabbat dinner on Friday evening.
Haak’s speaking engagement was a coordinated effort sponsored by ZBT, Hillel, Chabad, Students Supporting Israel, KU’s Jewish Studies department, and the Lawrence Jewish Community Center.
“It was such a powerful program to be a part of,” said junior Tamar Cohen said. “Having Abe Haak come to campus was my favorite part of Israel week because students were able to learn about BDS, the Middle East, and ask him difficult questions.”
Senior Becca Levine also worked to get Snapchat geotags for every event of the week to allow students to get more engaged in all of the events by sharing pictures on social media with filters saying things about Israel Week.
“There were so many great parts of this week. My favorite part was having geotags for Snapchat for each event. It enabled students to get in the spirit of celebrating,” Levine said. “It was an amazing week of programming, events, and of course delicious Falafel!”
Bottom photo provided by KU student Ben Brodsky