KU Hillel sponsored Shabbat dinners at various locations in and around the KU campus on Feb. 24 for its Shabbat Around KU event. For this event, Hillel provided students with challah, candles, prayers and grape juice or wine, as well reimbursed students for meals in order to encourage more students to gather with friends and celebrate Shabbat.
Junior Emily Scholten hosted a summer camp-themed Shabbat with her roommates. Scholten, who has hosted other SAKU events in the past, said this one was the best one yet.
“It reminds me how much I enjoy celebrating Shabbat with my friends,” Scholten said. “I think Shabbat is a really special and meaningful holiday that we get to celebrate every week.”
Senior Daniel Gewirtz, who helps coordinate SAKU events, said he likes getting to help coordinate the dinners to help his fellow students experience Shabbat more often.
“I like that it allows students to enjoy a Shabbat that is suitable to their comfort level,” Gewirtz said.
“Because Hillel has given me the tools to host my own Shabbat, I can see myself celebrating it in the future,” Scholten said.