There’s something special about sharing Shabbat dinner with family and friends. At UVA, students can participate in weekly Friday night services and dinner at the Brody Jewish Center, and, occasionally, in Shabbat Around Grounds (SHAG). SHAG is an annual event that encourages UVA students to host Shabbat dinners for their friends and fellow Wa-Jews. I like SHAG because it provides a more intimate setting. Of course it’s terrific that dozens of students come to Friday night dinners at Hillel, but sometimes it’s nice to have a smaller event to gather a few friends together around some good food.
In college, it can be easy to lose sight of Shabbat. We have books to read, papers to write, programs to code. But I’d like to suggest that the intensity of our schedules makes celebrating Shabbat even more important. Whether we mark the new week with a prayer, a nice dinner, or even a run, taking time to reflect and relax prepares us for the work ahead.
Wa-Jew Class of 2015