Host at Home

What is “Host at Home”?

The Host at Home program empowers students to create communities beyond traditional settings, encouraging students to strengthen their personal connection to Judaism by creating community over an experience as simple as hosting a meal. By taking ownership of their Shabbat and Holiday experiences, students increase their confidence as Jewish leaders. The program not only provides the means to escape the typically busy and stressful day-to-day of college but facilitates the development of new relationships through meaningful student dialogue and outreach, making Judaism more accessible to students and the greater Hillel community.


How does the process work?

You sign up to host below, we approve your meal and touch base about what your planning, you host and finally, you submit paperwork to be reimbursed at $10 a head for up to 15 people, reaching a max total of $150.  Want to hear more about this? Email [email protected] with any questions.

Click below to sign up to be a host!




Recipes and Setup Ideas

Where to Buy Supplies or Kosher Grocery Items

Local Catering Options

Order Fresh Challah through “Challah for Hunger”

Volunteer and Make Challah for “Challah for Hunger”


FREE Compostable Tableware

U of M sustainability initiatives supports zero-waste events! You can get free compostable plates, cups, etc.

  1. Go to:
  2. Find the “materials request form”
  3. Fill out the form, for student group list “Michigan Hillel: Host at Home”

Reimbursement Process

Following your meal, Hillel will reimburse you at a rate of $10 per student for up to 15 students with a maximum total of $150. In order to be reimbursed, you need to complete the Reimbursement Form.

The form will ask you to:

  • Answer some follow-up questions

  • Upload a photo/scan of your receipt(s) for reimbursement. Note: we only reimburse for food, not alcohol. If you are purchasing other items not for your meal, please ring them up on a separate receipt.

  • Upload any photos of your event you want to share.

  • Complete an attendance form.

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