How do you penetrate the breadth of a large urban campus and bring 2,000 students together for Shabbat Dinner? Shabbat for 2000 (S2K) is the largest student-run event at NYU and one of the largest Jewish student events in the country.
This initiative uses a deliberate, community organizing strategy that leverages the network model of engagement. A committee of dedicated students manages every aspect of the event from publicity, registration, and decorations to entertainment, Saturday programming and fundraising.
“Shabbat for 2000 singles itself out on the diverse NYU campus as the time when we come together to genuinely foster community and actualize pluralism. There is no better way to see how meaningful and rewarding our engagement work is than to host the largest student run event in the country.” -Mia, NYU Class of 2015
At this year’s 6th Annual S2K event, 200 student organizers each encouraged a minimum of 10 friends to participate. And, the fun continued after Shabbat services and dinner with entertainment and an entire day of activities over Shabbat. That’s what Hillel and The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU does. Last year more than 2,000 students participated – that is equivalent to 1/10th of NYU undergraduate students all in one room for Shabbat dinner!