Sponsor a Shabbat

There’s nothing like a fresh home-made challah, the familiar smell of delicious food
and a warm welcoming community to attract hundreds of students every Shabbat…

NELP_ShabbatThis defines the Shabbat program at Michigan Hillel – our strongest, most attended student program, averaging 350 students each week. We find this program enhances students’ Jewish lives on campus, offering a sense of community; expression of Jewish values; and an outlet for independent, interactive exploration of Jewish practice across a diverse, vibrant spectrum.

Our goal for Hillel’s Shabbat program is to provide varying opportunities to engage with, explore and celebrate Shabbat together as a campus family. We offer four student-led services that are optional and open to all. Immediately following services, all students are invited to join us for a gourmet kosher dinner, prepared by our own Chef Emil. Each week, a student group of Michigan Hillel “hosts” Shabbat – announcing their upcoming events, serving dinner to student attendees and preparing a Friday Night Learning opportunity for students after dinner.

Annually, our Shabbat expenses are $150,000. To help support this program, generous parents, alumni, community supporters, and organizations will often Sponsor specific Shabbat events.

  • The $5,000 Sponsorship Level covers a full Shabbat for 350 students
  • The $1,000 Sponsorship Level covers a small-group Shabbat for groups such as the law school, MedX, JENGA (Jewish engineers), etc.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Shabbat, we would be happy to help you choose the perfect week! With over 55+ student groups, we will do our best to match your Sponsorship with a Student Group Host whose interests closely align with yours. Please contact Stacy Carroll at [email protected] or 734-569-0500.

For this academic uear, below is a small sample of Shabbat Sponsorship opportunities available:

  • 1st Shabbat of the Semester & our Freshmen and Family Shabbat (average 550-600 students)
  • 2nd Shabbat of the Semester (average 550-600 students)
  • Sukkot Shabbat
  • Chanukah Shabbat
  • Purim Shabbat
  • Homecoming Shabbat
  • Parents Weekend Shabbat
  • University & Faculty Shabbat
  • Camp Tamarack Shabbat
  • Women’s Shabbat


  • Jewish Women’s Forum
  • Jewish Detroit Initiative
  • First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH)
  • Mensch (freshmen and sophomore mentor group)
  • Ahava (LGBTQ and Allies group)
  • Hayerukim (The Greens)
  • Kol HaKavod (Jewish a cappella group)
  • Challah for Hunger
  • Hillel Ice Hockey Team
  • Maize & Blue Games
  • Tamid (Israel investment group)
  • Israel Cohort
  • Religious Life Cohort (all four service communities)
  • Social Action Cohort
  • Culture Cohort
  • Dialogue and Identify Cohort and so many more!


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