KU Hillel’s Shabbat Around KU program is intended to prepare and empower students to host Shabbat gatherings and dinners for their friends and family.
Summertime is a great opportunity for current students to plan and host a dinner of their own and KU students Nicki Stoller and Guya Tuval did just that.
“I am so used to going to Hillel each week for Shabbat. It felt weird not having Shabbat plans, so I decided to plan my own,” said incoming senior Nicki Stoller. Stoller is from Chicago, Illinois but is working in Kansas City this summer at Barney Goodman camp through the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s Leadership Tomorrow program.
“Because both Guya and I are not from Kansas City, we thought hosting a dinner for our friends would be a really great experience and it was definitely a huge success! 10 friends were in attendance and we had a really great time,” Stoller continued.
Rabbi/Senior Jewish educator Neal Schuster ordered the students challah and put together a Shabbat kit including the blessings, candle sticks, and candles for the student hosts to pick up at Hillel.
“It was really helpful to have Hillel as a resource especially during the summer months when most students are not on campus. We will definitely be using the candle sticks again soon!” Stoller concluded.