Trinity College Hillel Hosts Themed, Co-Sponsored Programs for Shabbat

Annual Pink Shabbat to be Held Friday, November 18, in the Terrace Rooms

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 17, 2016 – Last Friday evening, November 11, 100 Trinity College students gathered at the Zachs Hillel House to participate in Rainbow Shabbat, celebrating the connection between Judaism and LGBTQ rights in the United States and in Israel, where the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade draws hundreds of thousands of participants every year.


Rainbow Shabbat was held on November 11.

Chairperson Seth Browner ’17 commented, “Hillel and EROS [Encouraging Respect of Sexualities] have been sponsoring Rainbow Shabbat for three years and there are few other events like it that build community on campus. As a member of both organizations, I truly feel like my individual actions are making a positive difference with this event.”

This is but one example of the many co-sponsored themed Shabbatot (plural for Shabbat, the Sabbath in Hebrew) that have become foundational elements of Trinity College Hillel’s annual programming for years. Events such as Rainbow Shabbat draw on the universal themes of respect for others and communal responsibility through a Jewish lens that is informed by the concept of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

Later in the academic year, Hillel will co-sponsor Avi Schaefer Peace Shabbat with other student organizations aimed at encouraging a constructive dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Other themes focus on Jewish cultures throughout the world, bringing Trinity’s cultural houses together for shared Friday evenings enriched by good food and conversation. Myriad Trinity students in recent years have enjoyed Shabbatot highlighting the culinary, historical, and cultural experiences of Jews in Colombia, Italy, Argentina, Iran, Iraq, India, Morocco Uganda, Egypt, and Israel.

​Pink Shabbat will be held on Friday, November 18.
This Friday, November 18, the 11th Annual Pink Shabbat will take place in the Terrace Rooms of Mather Hall at 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by a diverse group of 12 student organizations in addition to Hillel, and supported by a generous gift of the Pepper family, this event raises awareness about breast cancer and is a fundraiser for Sharsheret (which means “chain” in Hebrew), an organization that supports women and families facing breast cancer.

Written by Lisa Kassow, Hillel director