The Sunday Supper at Vanderbilt University

 From left: Arin Mason, Joyce Hwang, Israel Fellow Max Ryabinin, Nissim Lebovits

From left: Arin Mason, Joyce Hwang, Israel Fellow Max Ryabinin, Nissim Lebovits

For the past several years at Vanderbilt University, students from the Jewish and Catholic communities have come together for an event known as the Sunday Supper. The gathering features a weekly meal on Sundays that is hosted by University Catholic, a student organization at Vanderbilt.  This program offers those who attend the opportunity to have discussions around religion and faith.  Continuing a long tradition of collaboration, David Project interns partnered with University Catholic to host a Sunday Supper, and discuss the topics relevant to both organizations. 

Nissim Lebovits, Vanderbilt’s David Project Senior Intern, says that the relationship between the two organizations has been based upon years of partnership. "University Catholic and The David Project have had a great relationship in the past, dating back a number of years, and we're looking to build on that. Both of our organizations are committed to openness and dialogue, and we're excited to grow the relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities at Vanderbilt." 

The Sunday Suppers have been immensely successful in providing a space for shared learning for both the Jewish and Catholic student communities. "We've been partnering with University Catholic on this event almost every semester for four or five years now." Nissim said. “The goal is to bring our respective communities into the same room and initiate dialogue via a shared meal. We've had great success in the past in crossing over between the two communities."

 Senior Intern Nissim Lebovits speaking to University Catholic and David Project interns.

Senior Intern Nissim Lebovits speaking to University Catholic and David Project interns.

As Nissim stated, "We'd like to use this event as a stepping stone to further collaboration on campus, to bigger and more frequent joint events, and to intermingling between our constituencies, especially the leadership. Both University Catholic and the David Project, are very excited about the possibility of sending UCat student leaders on next year's Israel Uncovered."

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