Parent’s Shabbat

November 8th, 2019



I am an Iowa alum, Class of 1985, and parent of a current Iowa student and recent alumni. As a student at the university, I spent many days at the Iowa Hillel with very fond memories of the friends I made and the time I spent there, studying, working a student-run Sunday morning brunch, Shabbat dinner/services and more. Hillel was my home away from home, where being surrounded by a Jewish community felt familiar and comforting.

Now, it's my turn to give back. I am proud to be one of many parents to spearhead a Shabbat dinner on Friday, November 8, 6:00 p.m., run entirely by Iowa parents and friends of the students. We have been working diligently to bring "home" to your student(s) with the comfort of a home cooked Shabbat dinner surrounded by new and old friends and we would love if you would join us! There are many ways to get involved with Parent's Shabbat from attending dinner that Friday night to sending a dish to Iowa City to all the ways listed below. Your support is greatly appreciated and we appreciate your partnership in helping create a strong Jewish community for our students at the University of Iowa.  

Here are some ways you can help:

  1. You can help the day of with cooking, etc in Iowa City. Quite a few are coming to Iowa City to help cook, serve and clean. WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!

  2. You can register for Parent's shabbat! Let us know to expect you! While Hillel provides free meals for students every Shabbat, we ask that parents make a donation to help cover the cost of the event and in support of the year round efforts that Hillel provides our students.

  3. You can make a dish/dessert and have us bring it over for dinner. You can drop dishes off at my home in Northbrook or Andi Lipman's home in Des Moines. It does not have to be strictly kosher, but the meat must be kosher and the ingredients must be dairy free.

  4. You can make a donation as our budget is very slim and we'd like to make a wonderful, memorable dinner for the students. Thank you again!

  5. You can spread the word. You don't have to be affiliated with the University to help. Many people are happy to help if you just ask.

We're estimating about 80-100 students will attend this special Shabbat dinner.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out at 

Thanks, everyone!  Shabbat shalom!