KU Hillel hosted Israel week from April 3-7 with multiple Israel-themed events for students to attend. Different student groups on campus were able to plan and facilitate different events throughout the week.
KU Hillel Israel intern Tamar Cohen was in charge of planning the week’s events. Cohen, originally from Israel, said she wanted to make sure students had a chance to gain knowledge about Israel from attending various events.
To kick off Israel week, Jayhawks for Israel student leaders led a conversation about Issues in Israel today for KU Hillel’s Beren Leadership Series participants.
“Israel themed Shabbat at Hillel was my favorite part of the week. Hillel was packed and the falafel and pita was delicious. It was a great way to start my weekend with so many of my Jewish friends,” says senior Haley Seldin.
“It was so good,” adds Cohen. “I thought the week gave different students the freedom to do whatever they wanted to do and students got to learn more about and celebrate Israel.”
While there have been Israel weeks in the past at the University of Kansas, Cohen said this year was different. They really wanted to try to bring in new things and give students an opportunity to learn about Israel in new and unique ways.
“The point was to make sure people could get a knowledge of Israel, and I think they did,” Cohen said. “I got a lot of good feedback from people after the events about how they liked hearing from different perspectives. So that was cool and it was all good turnout.”
*Funding for Israel programs is supported by the Jewish Community Foundation