Brandeis JLIC sponsored a Senior-Alumni Shabbaton the weekend of March 28-29, 2008. The Shabbaton, which was a central part of the Brandeis JLI’s Senior Seminar series, brought six recent Orthodox alumni back to campus as a resource for this year’s huge observant senior class as they move on to the next chapter of their lives, whether graduate or professional school or work.

Among the six alumni were medical, law, rabbinical, and graduate students, as well as two alums who are in the working world in education and public administration. They included students who are currently in New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Some of the students were raised observant, while others became observant before, during, and/or after Brandeis.

The shabbaton included a Friday night oneg with an Alumni Panel Question and Answer session. The panel was followed by a very successful Senior-Alumni shabbat lunch attended by over seventy people. This lunch provided another opportunity for students to ask alumni questions as well as to hang out with alumni friends who are not able to return to Brandeis very often. One senior concluded, “a lot of the seniors during lunch and afterwards (myself included) commented on what a good time they were having and how they enjoyed being united as a class. Thank you for making that possible. Hopefully future classes can do the same.”