HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 4, 2015 – High Point University’s Jewish students shared their faith and holiday traditions with the HPU community during the 4th annual Hanukkah dinner on Dec. 2.
“Celebrating Hanukkah is an experience that Jewish families have always treasured,” said Ron Yardenay, Jewish life coordinator on HPU’s campus. “It is very significant that High Point University’s Hillel has been able to host this event for four years now as it has offered students an opportunity to celebrate the holiday away from home and with their High Point family. As a community, we are excited to provide for the broader campus an opportunity to learn about Judaism and to do so while creating lasting memories.”
During the dinner, Hillel members read the story of Hanukkah, blessed and lit the candles on the Menorah and taught those in attendance how to play dreidel. Students were served traditional Jewish food, including matzo ball soup and potato latkes, as they dined together and discussed the meaning of their faiths.
“This was a tradition we started my freshman year in order to expose other students to Jewish culture,” said HPU student and Hillel member Lindsay Katz. “It has become one of our most popular events. It’s really exciting to be able to share my own traditions from home with my fellow classmates and is a great event for anyone open to new experiences.”
This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 6 and lasts through Dec. 14. The university holds the Hanukkah dinner for the entire campus community every year and lights a Menorah on campus as well.