On September 26th, KU Hillel held it’s annual Beren Leadership retreat at Tall Oaks Conference Center and Campgrounds in Linwood, Kansas. 55 student leaders, KU Hillel Staff and the Kansas City Shlicha, Shiran Cohen participated in the retreat. The focus of the weekend was learning about and experiencing Shabbat. Students discussed Shabbat in relation to themselves as individuals, to KU Hillel and to the Jewish people.
Lewis expressed that holding the retreat a month into the school year rather than before the school year starts made a huge difference.“This past weekend was truly an amazing experience for everybody involved. It is so important for college students to have the opportunity to unplug and disconnect from their regular life on Shabbat,” Lewis added. “It gives them [college students] an opportunity to focus on their community, friendships, but most importantly, themselves.”
KU junior Dani Malakoff said she felt the retreat was a lot of fun and a great way to disconnect from normal college life. “It was refreshing to take a break from school and life and to celebrate Shabbat with my friends. I also became closer to other people in the Beren Leadership class, which was really nice to strengthen those relationships,” she added.