SHABBaT &holidays


From Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, Purim to Passover, and much more in between, all are welcome to celebrate the holidays with UF Hillel.


Thanks to UF Hillel's generous donors, holiday meals, including our weekly Shabbat dinner, are free of charge. Students, their families, alumni, friends, and the Gainesville community are always welcome.


The essence of Shabbat is to take time to rejuvenate from the busyness of the week. In this time of great uncertainty and stress, Shabbat remains the steady constant we can look forward to each week, no matter where, how, or with whom it is celebrated.

UF Hillel continues to host a weekly Friday Night Experience. Advance RSVPs are REQUIRED and must be received by Wednesday at 12 PM each week.

In the wake of COVID-19, our in-person Shabbat experience has been modified to ensure students can gather safely. Here's what you can expect on Friday night at UF Hillel:


Community Blessings and a D'var Torah from Rabbi Jonah   

Kosher Dinner catered by Israeli chef, Gili Ben Simon, of Gili's Kitchen

  • All activities, including dinner, will take place outside under our 1,200 square foot event tent

  • Our greeters will welcome you at our outdoor check-in booth, where you'll sign in on your own phone using a QR code, have your temperature taken, and answer COVID-19 screening questions

  • You'll be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times, unless actively eating  

  • Dinner will be served by designated staff

  • To-go boxes will be readily available so you can take your food home if your prefer not to eat in a group setting

  • Hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the facility, including the outdoor spaces

  • UF Hillel professional staff monitoring adherence to COVID-19 procedures, including mask wearing and social distancing

If you are interested in helping to plan an upcoming service or have ideas for alternative Shabbat experiences, please contact Rabbi Jonah at