“Jewhawk Day allows students to experience Jewish life on campus while still exploring everything the University has to offer,” said Leah Swartz, KU Senior in charge of planning Jewhawk Day. “Jewhawk Day is a completely free event for any student who is interested in participating. All of the programs for Jewhawk Day are student-run, so high school students will be completely immersed in college life from start to finish. “
The day will kick off with a tour of Allen Fieldhouse followed by lunch at Naismith Residence Hall and a panel discussion for students. Panel discussions will cover a range of topics from Jewish Greek life to the Honors program at KU. The evening will conclude with KU Hillel’s signature event, Rock Chalk Shabbat where students will get to see first hand what the Jewish community in Lawrence is like. With more than 500 students, families, alumni and community members in attendance, Rock Chalk Shabbat is KU Hillel’s largest event of the year.
Students participating in Jewhawk Day will be picked up at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Leawood, KS at 10 a.m. Transportation will be provided for Jewhawk Day participants throughout the day. Parents, family members and guests are encouraged to join the students at the Kansas Union at 6 p.m. for Rock Chalk Shabbat. Transportation back to Kansas City will also be available after the program. Buses will return to the JCC at 10:15 p.m. that evening.
Students who participated in Jewhawk Day last year benefitted greatly. Jeremy Katz, KU freshman from Overland Park, KS said, “It was a great way to learn about everything you would want to know about KU and how fun it is to participate in Jewish organizations on campus.”
Registration for Jewhawk Day can be found here. For more information or questions regarding Jewhawk Day, please contact Leah Swartz.