Originally called Shabbat 150, named for the intent of bringing 150 people together for a Shabbat dinner, Rock Chalk Shabbat now focuses on a high-quality event rather than numbers. As the first KU Hillel event that many students will attend, its importance and influence on the KU Jewish community is tremendous.
More than 120 student leaders work together to organize Rock Chalk Shabbat and make the event a success. One of the event planning interns for KU Hillel, Shiri Kboudi, a KU sophomore, said, “I have enjoyed planning Rock Chalk Shabbat because I love working with a team who is committed to planning a successful event for the Jewish students and alumni of KU. Rock Chalk Shabbat is important because it’s a rare opportunity to have that many people at once celebrating Shabbat. Students get very busy during the year and it’s a chance to meet up with friends who aren't heavily involved in the Jewish community at KU.”
Rock Chalk Shabbat will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union with the men on AEPi serving hors d’oeuvres followed by student-led services at 6:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with the men of ZBT serving dinner at 8 p.m.
Students, parents, alumni and community members are encouraged to attend Rock Chalk Shabbat and see all KU Hillel has to offer. The Jewish Heritage Foundation of Greater Kansas City has generously underwritten Rock Chalk Shabbat.