The morning started at 10 a.m. with bagels donated by Panera Brad Co., along with a large assortment of other brunch food and dessert. At 11:00 a.m., with the place packed person to person, KU Hillel’s Executive Director, Jay Lewis, welcomed everyone and gathered the seniors to watch a slideshow video of their past four years at KU. Lewis then spoke about the impact the graduating seniors have had on KU Hillel and the impact that KU Hillel had on them.
Afterwards, KU Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator, Rabbi Neal Schuster, gathered the students together in the center of the room for a brief d’var Torah. Rabbi Schuster then asked parents and family members to form a circle around the students and led them in reciting the priestly blessing over the graduating seniors.
Allison Kohn, wrote, “KU Hillel is a unique organization, unlike any other found on campus. Hillel has helped expand my worldview, learn about the issues that affect Jewish populations in our community, state, country and abroad. Through Hillel, I’ve become a more engaged and socially responsible member of the Jewish community. These tools and leadership skills learned not in the classroom but through real-world experience have shaped who I’ve become throughout my college career and what it means to be a Jew in today’s society.”