Passover at W&L Ben Brams '15

On a sunny, late March afternoon, over 100 people gathered in Evans Hall to celebrate W&L's Passover Seder. Students, faculty, community members, non-Jews and guests from VMI were in attendance as we marked Passover here in Lexington. We used an abridged Haggadah that was perfect: it was both informative and expeditious, which a room full of hungry people really appreciated. We sang "Dayenu" and asked the Four Questions and recited the plagues (my personal favorite part of the Seder). The two first-year students who led the Seder, Drew and Emily, did a great job as hosts. With the Manischewitz flowing and delicious charoset lavishly spread onto stacks upon stacks of matzah, it's not hard to see why this year's Seder was a huge success! W&L Dining Services catered the event, and although all the food was absolutely delicious, I have to say that their matzah ball soup was fantastic. Normally, I'm a stickler for my Aunt Bert's famous soup, but Dining Services did well to make me (and I'm sure many others) feel right at home. Just thinking about it actually makes me really wish I had some right now.

The active seniors were also honored and thanked for their four years of hard work. I will definitely miss them, as they are a pretty remarkable group. As I mentioned earlier, people from all walks of Lexington came for our little (well, not so little anymore) Passover Seder, and this is something I think is pretty cool. Not only is it nice to see your friends and perhaps a favorite professor, but it's also a nice way to meet new people from VMI and the community. It makes me remember how important we are to the city of Lexington and that makes me proud to be in W&L Hillel. The Passover Seder is one of the last few events of the whole year for Hillel, but I think it was definitely one of our best. That being said, this whole year was awesome, so I guess this Seder simply proved icing on the (parve) cake. If you'd like to see pictures from this year's Passover Seder, please check out our Facebook page!