Reform, conservative, and orthodox services are offered concurrently so that before we break apart, we can meet up with each other, and afterwards, we can say kiddish as a community. And if services are not your thing...dinner is always served at seven. In my own experience, many of my friends never stepped foot in a Friday night service. I helped lead Reform, so for me, it's a little bit different.
I enjoyed knowing that at the end of every week, I could sing the same songs with my friends or give the Dvar and then sit together at "the freshman table" and get caught up on all of our lives. Illini Hillel regulars are involved in so many majors and interests—and most of us don't always have the time to drop everything and come together. Enter Shabbat. And that's why I never missed a Friday night at Hillel on campus.
Class of 2019