Shabbat at Illini Hillel
Weekly Shabbat times
6:00 pm - Student-led Shabbat Services
Reform Service - Downstairs multipurpose room
Conservative Service - Upstairs multipurpose room
Orthodox Service - Upstairs Library
7:00 pm - Shabbat Dinner
This FREE meal is generously supported by the Takiff Family Foundation and the First Bank of Highland Park.
9:30 am - Morning Service, Kiddush,
Conversation on Jewish Law
12:30 pm - Lunch
6:30 pm - Afternoon Service
7:00 pm - Third Meal
8:00 pm - Evening Service followed by Havdalah
Every week, between 85 and 150 or more students join together at the Cohen Center for Jewish life for student-led Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Friday evening Shabbat services followed by a FREE dinner. Often there are special celebrations such as Greek Shabbat, Homecoming Shabbat or Black and White Shabbat. Hillel also hosts weekly Orthodox Saturday morning services, and, often monthly Egalitarian Saturday monring services. All services are followed by a free lunch - no reservations required. Students also come together every Saturday afternoon/evening for an informal se'udah shlishit ("Third meal ") and havdallah.
For a schedule of services, please visit our calendar of events .
Friday Night Shabbat Dinners
Following Friday Shabbat services at Hillel, students join together for a delicious, FREE Kosher meal with vegetarian option, supervised by the cRc . Dinner is usually served in a mix of family-style and buffet, with people seated at round or rectangular tables complete with table cloths and flowers. Everyone is welcome to attend only services, only dinner or both, and may dress as he or she chooses.
The menu includes:
A delicious main course (usually chicken, sometimes turkey or brisket)
Freshly made soup
Salad with homemade salad dressings
Our free Shabbat dinners are generously sponsored by the Takiff Family Foundation and the First Bank of Highland Park Foundation.