Friday Night Shabbat


Friday nights, student-led Kabbalat Shabbat services take place in the sanctuary. The service includes Hebrew and English and is tailored to the needs of all community members, including the UVJC. Hillel is not linked to any one denomination of Judaism and makes it to a point to be inclusive.

People with new ideas are always welcome to contribute to the service; anyone who wishes to lead all or part of services or give the D’var Torah may do so. After Kiddush and ha’motzi, a free, student-cooked kosher dinner is served. The menu changes from week to week and from chef to chef, but the food is always kosher and  delicious. Hillel’s cooking coordinators go to great lengths to guarantee an enjoyable meal for all who come. The meals and services are always open to everyone, so come and join us, and bring your friends!

Havdallah and “Claudallah”

Havdallah Services are held occasionally during the year at sundown. We hold at least one Havdallah per term, which is usually accompanied by a delicious dinner. Claudia Palmer often opens up her house for Havdallah, affectionately known by all at Hillel as Claudallah.


4 out 4 students agree: Claudia makes the best macaroni and cheese this side of the Connecticut River.