Hillel was among several local organizations that had the opportunity to write and present grants for the intern program. Shabbat Around KU is one of Hillel’s most successful programs. It inspires and equips KU student leaders to host Shabbat dinners in their homes, apartments, residence halls and Greek Houses throughout the school year for their own groups of friends and social networks. The program has won several awards including the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City’s “Program of the Year” Award in 2013.
KU Hillel is ready to take this program to the next level to engage even more Jewish college students. The MEGA Shabbat Around KU event on Friday, November 6th will introduce and empower exponentially more students to get involved with Jewish life. Hillel will have 20 student hosts leading Shabbat dinners on one evening throughout Lawrence with over 300 students participating.
“We are very excited to launch this new program and it would not be possible without the funding from Leadership Tomorrow,” says KU Hillel Development Director Amy Sandler. “It was a terrific experience working with the Leadership Tomorrow interns. They were thoughtful, engaged and very professional. We are grateful to have been included and to be the grant recipient,” she adds.