The Festival of Lights - Hanukkah at Hillel Lauren Michnick '14

On Saturday, December 8-the first night of Hanukkah- W&L Hillel held its annual Hanukkah party. With over eighty Jewish and non-Jewish students, celebrating Hanukkah, this was certainly one of the largest turn-outs Hillel has ever seen.

Social VPs, Lauren Michnick ‘14 and Rimona Cartun '13, and Hanukkah Chair, Max Chapnick '13, made the party an evening to remember. Leading up to the event, exam week goodie bags were hand-delivered to each Jewish student on campus, personally inviting them to our Hanukkah party, setting the tone for what would be a great night. Even if you didn't receive goodie bags, the days leading up to Hanukkah, you could certainly smell the latkes being made and see the decorations going up.

Because of the number of non-Jewish students at the party, it made the event seem even more special. Jewish students were able to share and teach Hanukkah traditions to students who had never experienced Hanukkah in their own homes.
After lighting the Hanukkah candles, we taught students how to play dreidel and served dozens of latkes along with Chinese food and sparkling cider. At the end of the night, not a latke was left. Everyone had a great time and said they cannot wait until next year's party!

In addition to the party, Hillel has invited students, faculty, staff and community members to come to the house every night during Hanukkah to light the candles and take a break from exams. It is nice to have such a welcoming place on campus.