HILLEL AT LOYOLA "WOODSTOCK SHABBAT" SHABBATON
At the end of February, Hillel at Loyola had its first ever Shabbaton at Loyola University's new Retreat Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Joined by Hillel students from area universities, this was the first time some of the Jewish students had ever celebrated Shabbat.
Students paid a greatly subsidized rate to use the beautiful Retreat Center facility, and the university paid for the entire Shabbaton, including all the kosher catered food, and even the bus that took students to and from Loyola. The kitchen staff at LUREC (the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Center) accommodated the Hillel needs for kashrut and Shabbat in every way, and the entire Retreat Center staff came to the Havdalah ceremony held in the stunning glass windowed Dining Room at the end of Shabbat.
"Woodstock Shabbat" included Reform and Orthdox prayer options, Shabbat afternoon workshops such as "Yoga on Shabbat," a "Tikkun Olam Nature Walk," and a "Jews in the News" current events discussion. On Saturday night there was a "90's Party" with a high-tech karaoke system and great decorations!
HILLEL AT LOYOLA AND UIC HILLEL JOIN TOGETHER FOR PURIMPALOOZA!
The Saturday night before Purim, Hillel at Loyola and UIC Hillel co-hosted a pre-Purim costume party at the Levine Hillel building as a fundraiser for the JUF. Students from Hillel at Loyola came to UIC Hillel in February and March to plan the party, including baking hamantaschen together at UIC Hillel.
The Levine Hillel building had amazing decorations, including giant Purim masks, and the DJ set the tone for a party in which students "danced the night away!" Many students came in costume, and the costume contests was one of the evening's highlights. And, everyone agreed that the hamantaschen which the students baked tasted delicious!