Feb. 19: Interfaith Shabbat, service

Kristol Center for Jewish Life to host interfaith Shabbat, service


8:20 a.m., Feb. 17, 2016--All University of Delaware students are invited to the Kristol Center for Jewish Life on Friday evening, Feb. 19, for an interfaith Shabbat and service. 

This interfaith program is in dedication to Avi Schaefer, an undergraduate student at Brown University who dedicated his time overseas and at home advocating for peace in the Middle East. A little over six years ago, Schaefer was tragically struck and killed by a drunk driver while walking near campus. 

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He left an indelible mark on the world and on the lives of those that knew him and were inspired by his legacy, according to Jonathan Falco, Hillel engagement association, who said the Friday event is to “carry on his memory as well as the work that he began” and that “we welcome our interfaith friends on campus to join us in this effort.”

The Avi Schaefer Fund, which was created promote the ideals and dreams that inspired Schaefer throughout his life, supports this Avi Shabbat program, an annual event in cooperation with Hillels across North America to bring together students on campus for a communal meal and a shared conversation to foster interfaith understanding and cross-cultural encounters. More information about the Avi Schaefer Fund can be found here.

Services begin at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Those who plan to attend can come to both the service and dinner, or just the dinner. They are asked to RSVP through the Facebook event page

The Kristol Center for Jewish Life is located at 47 West Delaware Avenue, across the street from the Trabant University Center.

Those with questions can contact Jonathan Falco for more information.

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