On Friday November 7, 2014, McMaster Hillel hosted an Interfaith Shabbat Dinner on campus. A diverse cross-section of the McMaster community, including students, faculty and staff, attended this now annual event designed to help build a more inclusive campus community.
The room of 120 was treated to a traditional and explanatory Shabbat experience, which included a full meal. The moving and inspirational keynote address was delivered by human rights activist Eloge Butera, who is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. In keeping with the purpose of the event, Eloge used the lessons of the Holocaust and his own experiences living through the tragic events in Rwanda to challenge attendees to take concrete steps to become more engaged and empathetic citizens. The event was so successful that we are already getting RSVPs for the 2015 iteration!