The annual Shabbat 200 Dinner, the largest Jewish event on the Colorado State University campus, takes place on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. The event is presented by the Chabad Jewish Organization at CSU and is free and open to the entire campus community; register at www.JewishCSU.com/Shabbat200.
In addition to a lavish kosher meal showcasing traditional Jewish cuisine, in honor of Veterans Day this year’s Shabbat dinner features Lt. Commander Laurie Zimmet Lans, U.S. Naval Reserve. She is an inspirational Jewish figure who erected a menorah in Saddam Hussein’s palace and arranged a kosher megillah reading in the hills of Afghanistan.
Lans has served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and other locations, including active duty supporting Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2003 to August 2003. She was activated once again to full-time service and joined the ground forces in Iraq from September 2005 to September 2006, and most recently served in Afghanistan June 2010 to June 2011.