Saturday, June 20, 2009
Nearly 30 students attended the first Shabbat dinner of the Summer 2009 voyage to share in and learn about the Jewish tradition. The small group of students, living-learning coordinators, and a few lifelong learners, shared challah bread and wine and discussed the tradition that begins the Jewish Sabbath each week.
“People came to share about their Jewish faith and quite a few people were there to learn about it,” said Becky Kenemuth, a living-learning coordinator on the voyage. Kenemuth, who is Jewish, explained Shabbat and its traditions and led the prayers in both Hebrew and English.
Lissa Place, the living-learning coordinator who specializes in religion and spirituality, led the program with Kenemuth. “I think [the dinner] was a time for people to reflect on their own family traditions and to take time to rest, have a meal together that wasn’t rushed, and really talk and learn from one another,” Place said. “It’s an important time for all to connect.”