It is said that more than the Jewish people have kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept the Jewish people. That means that celebrating Shabbat is the glue that has held the Jewish people together for more than 5000 years. The idea of day of rest is a gift that the Jews have given the world, and is one of the things that define a just and civilized society. Shabbat is a time for friends and family, food and fun. Once a month, Hillel celebrates Shabbat at CSI with a delicious strictly kosher Friday night dinner. We light candles and say blessings, and enjoy the company of good friends around the table. Everyone is welcome at Hillel Shabbat Dinner.
Jewish holidays at Hillel are marked with different events, such as the annual very popular "Hookah in the Sukkah," Chanukah and Purim parties, Israel Day concert, and more. Everyone is welcome to celebrate with us. As CSI is a commuter campus, services are generally not offered. The Staten Island Jewish community welcomes students at many local synagogues. If you are looking for a place to attend services, please contact the Hillel office and we will be happy to help.