With Hanukkah beginning Dec. 8 at sundown, the HPU community gathered to celebrate the traditions of the holiday. Before the dinner, student leaders of HPU Hillel gave a presentation telling the story and describing the rituals of Hanukkah.
The university co-sponsored the dinner with the HPU Hillel student group and invited the entire HPU community to attend. The Jewish students wanted the dinner to be a learning experience for non-Jewish students about Judaic culture.
Hillel has more than 20 active members and the organization’s purpose is to promote Jewish life on campus through religious and cultural events.
“Having a Hillel organization at HPU is important, not only to give Jewish students a way to come together and celebrate their heritage, but also to give the entire campus population the opportunity to learn about one of the many cultures contributing to our diverse and vibrant community,” says Paul Ringel, assistant professor of history and faculty adviser for HPU Hillel.