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Thanks to UF Hillel's generous donors 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. Shabbat remains a steady constant we can look forward to each week, no matter where, how, or with whom it is celebrated.

UF Hillel hosts a weekly Friday Night Experience. We ask students to please RSVP by Wednesday at 12 pm to help us better prepare with our caterer. Everyone is welcome to join us, even with a later RSVP.

Here's what you can expect on Friday night at UF Hillel:

Candle Lighting as a community followed by two service options, a musical Reform style service and an egalitarian Conservative style service. Both options will be inside at Hillel.


Following services, we welcome Shabbat as a community with dinner. Our Kosher Shabbat dinners are catered by Israeli chef, Gili Ben Simon, of Gili's Kitchen.

Our community Shabbat dinner takes place inside our dining room. 

Our greeters will welcome you as you arrive at Hillel. Dinner will be served buffet style by designated staff, and to-go boxes are available so you can take your food home if you prefer not to eat in a group setting. Hand sanitizing stations are also placed throughout the facility for everyone's use.

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

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