Shabbat 200 Dinner returns to CSU on Nov. 8

Simcha Weinstein

Simcha Weinstein, “New York’s Hippest Rabbi,” will speak at this year’s Shabbat 200 dinner.

The hugely popular annual Shabbat 200 Dinner – a delicious and lavish kosher meal showcasing Jewish cuisine and traditional foods – takes place Friday, Nov. 8, in the main ballroom of the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a traditional Shabbat dinner, a guest of honor and a featured speaker. CSU President Joyce McConnell will provide a welcome and opening remarks.

This year’s speaker is Simcha Weinstein, bestselling author of Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero and Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century. Recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi” by PBS affiliate Channel 13, Weinstein has published a new book, The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes your World Better. He also chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute, the renowned New York art school.

Shabbat 200 is an educational, cultural and social experience, with great atmosphere and fun for all. Dinner is free and open to anyone affiliated with CSU, University of Northern Colorado or Front Range Community College. Seating is limited and RSVP is required at

Koshering the kitchen

In order to prepare the Shabbat dinner, a part of the LSC kitchen is koshered according to Jewish law and tradition and then the meal is cooked under the supervision of Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, faculty adviser to Chabad. Anyone who would like to observe this fascinating experience on Wednesday, Nov. 6, should contact Rabbi Gorelik at

Twelfth year

Pioneered by the Chabad Jewish Student Organization at SUNY Binghamton over 20 years ago, Shabbat 200 is now in its 12th year at CSU. Hundreds of colleges across America host these Shabbats with the goal is of uniting a diverse group of students in a meaningful experience by providing the Chabad Shabbat dinner experience to a broader audience.

Shabbat 200 is sponsored by Chabad Jewish Student Organization at CSU, with support from ASCSU, RHA, LSC Diversity Grant, and the Coca-Cola Beverage Grant. Each year, more than 200 participants attend the event.