The centerpiece will be a short ceremony to mark the seniors’ transition from their KU Jewish community on to their next Jewish community. Hosting a brunch on the last Shabbat morning before graduation became a tradition a number of years ago as a way of commemorating both the graduating seniors’ time at KU, and their time with KU Hillel. “This is an opportunity for Hillel to be a part of one more good experience as we celebrate with the seniors and their families,” explains Jay Lewis, KU Hillel executive director. Shabbat morning brunch at Hillel is a standard of the Jewish KU experience.
For seniors who have been a part of KU Hillel during their undergraduate years, commemorating their time as a part of the community is significant. "The graduation brunch at Hillel was an incredibly rewarding experience,” agrees Leah Schwartz, who attended last year’s graduation brunch. “The four years I spent at KU would not be the same without Hillel and it just seemed right to finish my college career with my best friends at 722 New Hampshire."