On November 25th, Hillel Atlantic hosted their monthly Shabbat dinner. This month, we invited our friends from DalOUT and the King’s P.R.I.D.E. Society to join us for a Sephardi-inspired Shabbat dinner. With over 65 people in attendance, we had a full house and full stomachs.
We had a great time with our friends on campus. We pride ourselves on opening our events and our doors to anyone who would like to come and spend time with us. Hillel Atlantic has put a huge emphasis this year on being as welcoming as we can and inviting different groups from campus to join us at each of our monthly dinners. It is important to us that – no matter where they come from or what their world views are – Hillel Atlantic is a safe place for people to come together and be part of a community.
Our university students are preparing themselves to be the next community leaders, politicians, business leaders, innovators, and work force. There is nothing more important in my eyes than ensuring they are well-rounded individuals who are exposed to many different people and opinions. It is what will make our future better. We cherish the opportunity to learn from others and to make our community a better place through shared experiences.
It is important not to just identify with one’s own community but to be part of a greater community as well, and a part of that is social responsibility. I am incredibly proud to say that on December 4th, we will be hosting an early Hanukkah party where we will be putting together gift bags filled with food and winter socks for Halifax’s homeless. Next semester, we plan to work with the LGBTQ+ community on a project to support a charity that works to protect the rights of transgendered Canadians. All of our charitable community work is student-driven and comes from a place of love and compassion for their greater community, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.