On Friday, Nov. 6, 20 different KU Hillel students hosted a variety of Shabbat related events or dinners in their homes and apartments for over 200 students. The event was called, “Shabbat Around KU Mega Event” and was coordinated by students Ben Davis and Becca Levine.
KU Hillel facilitated the event, but each Shabbat event was completely planned and run by individual hosts. According to Davis, the end goal was to, “help students develop skills and habits that they can bring into Shabbat in their post-college lives.”
Shabbat Intern Ally Levine and Development Intern Stacy Bernstein hosted an event together at Bernstein’s apartment with over 15 people in attendance at their “happy hour Shabbat.” “The Mega Event was great because we got to plan and host our own Shabbat events,” Ally Levine said. “It was fun to cook, plan, and host outside of the typical Hillel Shabbats. I hosted as a way to spend time with friends and I really enjoyed the overall experience.”
“We as students have the ability to make it [Shabbat] what we want,” she said. “This event was a unique opportunity to test that theory. I was able to celebrate Shabbat in a fun way with friends who typically aren’t involved so it felt great to host an event they felt was approachable and enjoyable.”
This event was underwritten by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and the Leadership Tomorrow summer intern program.