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I went to University of Denver's Hillel Shabbat. It took place in an admin's household. I felt weird at first because most of the attendees were college students and so I didn't have as much in common with them as I did with my fellow birthright pals, but the food (challah, wine, vegetables, and grocery store-bought side dishes) put me in my element. My favorite part of this shabbat dinner (like my favorite part of shabbat in Jerusalem), was the absence of cellphones. No cell phones means more sincere, and engaged interaction. I want to keep doing this with my friends, once a week.
My friend Shoshanna, from a predominantly jewish town in Boston, hosted a friends shabbat dinner. Most of us at the table were raised secular and lost a lot of our memory of the tradition. We pretty much all cooked our favorite jewish foods (kugel, latkes, matzoh ball soup) and ate challah and drank wine. I always feel nostalgic and at home surrounded by individuals with similar jewish backgrounds and a shared love for jewish food <3
The other week, I had a shabbat meal at my apartment with friends. We enjoyed a great meal together surrounded by Shabbat candles. It was beautiful.