Part of KU Hillel’s leadership model is to empower student leaders to create new and innovative programs and initiatives throughout the school year. Just one month ago, one of these initiatives was launched and it is called Shabbat 5:30. The concept of Shabbat 5:30 is to bring large numbers of Jewish students together every Friday at 5:30 in preparation for Shabbat. Small groups of students volunteer to plan and host the Shabbat gathering each week. As a Shabbat host, students are able to design the menu and décor in the Hillel space. This new initiative has made Fridays a very busy and festive day as numerous students come and go from Hillel running errands and setting up.
“We’ve had a good turnout these first few weeks and people seem to be really enjoying this new twist to Shabbat,” said senior Brice Goldenberg. “I like it because it's a different atmosphere from our other events. It's more social,” he said.
Shabbat 5:30 will take place every Friday at Hillel for the remainder of the school year.