More than 120 people joined together at KU Hillel for a Shabbat morning brunch and graduation celebration on Saturday, June 13. The brunch began at 11:00am at KU Hillel and included a variety of salads, fruits, sweets and bagels and cream cheese donated by Panera Bread Company.
Following brunch, KU Hillel Executive Director Jay Lewis addressed the graduates and their families reflecting on the impact KU Hillel has had on them and the even greater impact the students have had on Jewish life at KU.
Following Lewis, Senior Jewish Educator/Rabbi Neal Schuster spread a talit over the graduating seniors and recited the priestly blessing.
Students were given a campanile mezuzah to hang on the doorposts of their new home and blue and white cords to wear when receiving their diplomas to mark their involvement with KU Hillel. Students were also given a Senior Legacy Book where students reflected about their most memorable experiences at KU Hillel.
My college life wouldn’t be the same without Hillel. Ever since I was a freshman, I always knew I wanted to become involved in an organization with significant impact. My brother and his friends were already two years into college and said “Shiri, you must go to Hillel events... you will even make some new Jewish friends.” Well Everyone-- my expectations of KU Hillel have been far above what I could have ever imagined. Hillel has given me the opportunity to travel to Israel, twice. I’ve attended a JDC trip to Romania and Bulgaria... What? Yes, that happened. I have held three established internships that have helped me grow professionally and personally. And not to mention, I have shared the most wonderful Shabbat dinners with hundreds of Jewish students at KU. But better yet, I have met some of the most incredible people that are all still in my life today. Thank you KU Hillel!
Kboudi who is originally from San Antonio, Texas will be moving to Kansas City and working at Cerner starting this fall.