Mark your calendars: The annual Shabbat 200 Dinner — a lavish kosher meal showcasing Jewish cuisine and traditional foods — is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.
The traditional Shabbat dinner regularly attracts 200 students, faculty and staff and features a guest of honor. This year’s special guest of honor is Interim President Rick Miranda.
Now in its 15th year, the annual event has been co-sponsored annually by the Associated Students of CSU, with grants from the Residence Hall Association and Lory Student Center as well as a Coca-Cola Beverage Grant.
SHABBAT 200 Dinner
Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.
Location: LSC Grand Ballroom
Due to space limitations CSU, UNC and FRCC students, alumni, staff and faculty are given priority for seats, and it is free for them. Community members are asked to pay for their place.
The dinner also has been recognized with an award from Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE), which provides an important link between students and their surrounding communities.
Organizers said that a part of the LSC kitchen will be koshered according to Jewish law and tradition, and then the meal will be prepared under the supervision of the Rabbi. This will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the LSC kitchen for anyone interested in observing. Contact Rabbi@colostate.edu for more information.
Pioneered by the Chabad Jewish Student Organization at SUNY Binghamton over 20 years ago, Shabbat 100, 200…1000 is perhaps the single most ambitious program to be launched by any Jewish student organization anywhere, according to organizers. The goal is to unite a diverse mass of students in a meaningful experience by providing the Chabad Shabbat dinner experience to a broader audience. To date, hundreds of colleges across America host these Shabbats.
“Shabbat 100…1000 has proven to be a potent catalyst for invigorating both Jewish life on campus and creating multicultural diversity,” said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, faculty advisor of Chabad Jewish Student Organization. “It has served as a portal to the campus community for thousands of students who were previously uninvolved in a discussion that stretches across three millennia.”
CSU student Chaia Geltser added that she is looking foward to attending the dinner. “I’m incredibly excited to bring together our small Jewish minority on CSU’s campus in this Shabbat 200 dinner,” she said. “It is always such a joy to be able to see students bonding and connecting over their heritage, familial background, and religion. It is also an amazing opportunity to connect with our non-Jewish friends, peers, and colleagues. We have created this event to be purely educational so that every attendee feels welcomed, comfortable and included.”