Almost every Friday night, students, staff and community members are welcome at Hillel for Shabbat services and dinner. We have two ongoing minyanim (prayer groups). One is the musical, Reform service and the other, the traditional-egalitarian minyan. If you would like to lead one of them, contact Leora Weinstock, our Shabbat co-chair for services at  If you would like to contribute to either service by leading a text study or offering a D’var Torah (word of Torah) please contact Ellen Feldman or Reb Ethan at If you would like to help out Becca Wertman, our Shabbat co-chair in charge of Shabbat dinners and an amazing cook and pillar of Hillel, please contact, even if it’s just for an hour or 2 on Friday afternoon. She’d appreciate it!

Check the Calendar or News for Jews (the weeky e-letter) for Shabbat themes throughout the semester.

Shabbat In A Box

Once a month—on the 3rd Friday of the month, there is no Shabbat dinner at Hillel. Instead, students have the opportunity to make and share in their own Shabbat dinner with old and new friends. Simply contact Reb Ethan by Wed before the 3rd Friday of the month with at least 3 other students’ names whom you’ve confirmed will share in your Shabbat meal with you, and pick up a Shabbat in a Box on Friday from 10am-3pm. The box will include challot and grape juice for kiddush (blessing Shabbat), a blessing sheet and words of Torah from the parsha (Torah portion that week) and a $20 gift card to Ralph’s to go towards groceries for your meal.  View our Shabbat In a Box video which one 2nd place in the 2011 Jewlicious Festival Video Award competition:


Weekly Havdallah

New this semester is a havdallah program every other week, beginning an hour before sun-down on Saturdays. Come to Hillel for board games, Jewish conversations, and snacks—savoring the spirit of Shabbat, followed by Havdalah (the ritual of separation between Shabbat and the rest of the week). Sundown happens just in time for you to go out with friends on Saturday night and begin your week with joy and Jewish community. Contact our Koach representative Leora Weinstock,, if you want to help get the word out or get involved.