Host at Home


Welcome to the Host at Home program through Michigan Hillel! This year, we are all about connections. We know that it can be hard to connect with each other during these times, but we are hoping to help you find meaningful ways to do so in small groups-whether it’s just you and your roommates, or if you invite a few extra friends to join your meal. We are so excited to introduce you to our NEW online community, where all your host at home needs will be managed. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Preferably at least one week in advance of your Shabbat or Holiday meal, you will go to michigan.engage.hillel.org and click on “Create an Experience”. Once on the “Create an Experience” page, you’ll answer some initial planning questions.
  • On the Experience Details page, you’ll start filling in the rest of the information about your meal. 
    • For Shabbat: If you are getting catering from Hillel, select the Tuesday before your meal at 5pm as the guest RSVP deadline.
  • Make a decision about food for your meal. 
    • If you’re cooking, you can add a menu for your guests to see. 
    • If you want catering from Hillel, select the catering option and follow the instructions for how to ask your guests for their meal choice. 
      • Catering Instructions
        • To receive catering from Hillel for your guests, you must select to ask them the provided questions about meal order and allergy. When they RSVP, this is how they will choose their meal choice. 
        • Hosts and guests must RSVP by Tuesday to guarantee catering. Hosts will receive a link in their approval email to select their own meal choice and/or ritual items and their pickup time slot. Your guests will be prompted to make a meal selection once they RSVP to your meal.
  • Submit for approval! You will receive an email confirmation when your meal is posted. Once your meal is posted, invite your guests! You can do so from your “manage experiences” tab, or directly from your event page. You will be notified by email when guests RSVP. 
  • Host!
    • If you ordered catering or any ritual items, you will pick them up at Hillel at your designated time. 
    • If cooking, you will use our reimbursement form to get reimbursed $10/person up to 10 people indoors and 15 people outdoors (we do not reimburse for alcohol). You can find this form in your event approval email.
    • You can download your attendance list directly from the platform, make any necessary updates, and upload it directly into the reimbursement form. 

If you or your guests register after the catering deadlines, we cannot guarantee a meal. 

How to Shabbat SERVICES: 

  • Go to michigan.engage.hillel.org and hover over “Find by Category” and then select “Services” to find up-to-date service registration information. 

No Show Policy: 

Four things happen when you register but do not show up. First, we wonder if you are OK. Second, we have to throw away a good meal. Third, another student may have wanted a Shabbat meal and we turned them away because we were full. Fourth, we mark you down as a no-show in our system. 

After your second no-show we will cancel any future reservations you make for the rest of the semester. Your reservation can be cancelled by Thursday at 12 pm without penalty. 

Questions? Email Haley Schreier (Staff) at [email protected] or Ilana Moffet (Host at Home Coordinator) at [email protected]

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