Organized by the Hillel Jewish Student Center, the celebration will include a latke bar, donuts, gelt and dreidels. There will also be lessons on how to light a menorah and free Chanukah candles. Hillel Executive Director and Director of Hillel at Xavier Rabbi Abie Ingber says Xavier students will learn how to spin dreidels and play games with them.
“While Chanukah is technically a minor Jewish festival, it has grown in significance during the season of Christmas celebration. Chanukah celebrates the victory of religious freedom over tyranny, a message of importance in American society,” says Rabbi Ingber. “Above all, Chanukah is fun - fun for people of all ages - and the Xavier community will rock as the dreidels spin!”
Last year, Xavier University and the Hillel Jewish Student Center established an historic partnership which created a Hillel on the Xavier campus. This is the first time there has been a formal relationship between Hillel and Xavier. Xavier is just one of a few Catholic, Jesuit colleges or universities to have such an association with Hillel.
Last month, Ingber and Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., traveled to the Vatican with Jewish and Catholic students from Xavier to promote cross cultural and interreligious dialogue between the Catholic and Jewish communities.