shabbat-editShabbat at UMBC Hillel is a time for students to come together at the end of their weeks to share a meal, prayer and discussion. UMBC Hillel offers two types of Friday Shabbat experiences; Ask Big Questions and student-led themed dinners.

Approximately once per month we host an Ask Big Questions Shabbat on Commons Main Street. During this dinner students, faculty and staff, both Jewish and non Jewish, come together for meaningful discussion that sparks deeper thought into the “Big Questions” that are universally relevant. By having conversations around life’s “Big Questions,” we can create understanding among people on campus, in our communities, and around the world. The discussions begin at 6:15 and a free kosher dinner is serves approximately an hour later.

Each month student leaders coordinate a themed Shabbat dinner, typically held in the Interfaith Center. From Holocaust education to Superhero Shabbat, students come together to celebrate Shabbat and build the Jewish community at UMBC. We ask students to contribute $5 per Themed Shabbat meal to offset the cost of this kosher dinner. All are welcome to attend. Please visit for more updated information.