KU Hillel hosted its’ first ever MEGA Shabbat Around KU Event this past fall and due to its’ great success, student leaders were eager to do it for a second time this spring semester.
On Friday, April 1st, fifteen different Shabbat dinners were held across KU’s campus led by twenty student hosts. Shabbat Celebrations varied greatly as individual hosts were able to design the evening how they wished.
Senior Spencer Green hosted a group of Jewish students involved in Greek life on KU’s campus. “I wanted to host something more casual, so I just had a group guys over to hang out and to celebrate Shabbat in a lax setting. We ate challah, drank some wine, and lit the Shabbat candles,” said Green.
Other students hosted more elaborate Shabbat celebrations. Junior Daniel Gewirtz hosted a dinner for fifteen AEPi freshmen. “I wanted to host a dinner for the freshmen in my fraternity so they felt like they had somewhere special to go that was not their dorm,” Gewirtz said.
The purpose of Shabbat Around KU is to teach students how to host a Shabbat dinner for their friends so that when they graduate college they will continue to do so. “I have hosted Shabbat Around KU dinners before, but this one was the best one yet. I decided to cook a home-cooked meal rather than picking up food like I had done in years past. I invited eight friends over for dinner and served salmon, pasta, brocolli, and challah. It was a great experience that I do believe has prepared me for the “real world,” said Luecking.
KU Hillel continued the Shabbat Celebrations by hosting a Shabbat brunch at Hillel on Saturday morning.
The first MEGA Shabbat Around KU event was funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City Leadership Tomorrow internship program.