Students braid challahs for Shabbat.
At Hillel's Engagement Institute, Hillel provided students with the opportunity to experience Shabbat in new and creative ways.
Shabbat offered students a chance to replenish themselves, to rest, to talk to a friend they have not had time to connect with, to try a new hobby, to laugh, to walk instead of run, and to take a break from the technology that sometime rules their lives.
The Shabbat experience was inspired by a creative project designed by members of Reboot, a non-profit that invented “The Sabbath Manifesto.” The project was designed by young Jews looking for a way to reinvent Shabbat, with the goal of slowing down lives in an increasingly hectic world. Students entered Shabbat by creating their own manifesto and then spent the 25-hour period living it out. The entire Shabbat experience revolved around activities in six categories: Connect, Disconnect, Play, Rest, Give, and Receive. Students spent their time opting in to different experiences, making affirmative choices about how they spent their time.
Pre-Shabbat activities included text study, writing workshop , bringing Israel into Shabbat, guided meditation, painting banners and signs for Shabbat, challah braiding, and meeting with homelessness people.
Seven different Shabbat services and alternatives were available for students on Friday night and after-dinner activities included a Shabbat tisch, spoken word/slam, music jam and improv. Students were offered more than 20 discussion groups on Shabbat afternoon. The day ended with reflective conversations and Havdalah ceremonies.
The St. Louis Jewish Light reported on Shabbat preparations and the Hillel Institute.
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