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. We ask students to please RSVP by Wednesday at 12noon to help us better prepare with our caterer. Everyone is welcome to join us, even with a later RSVP.

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:

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.


During Summer B, we will not have service options, however we will still 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 is taking place inside our dining room. We do have tables available outside as well. If you'd like to sit outside, please ask any Hillel staff member.

Our greeters will welcome you as you arrive at Hillel. You are welcome to wear a mask or face covering while inside, however they are not required. 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