Hillel’s holiday events: Lakkahs, candles, bagels

Rollins Hillel, the college’s Jewish organization, will be hosting various events in the coming weeks that showcase a growing religious life on campus and include lakkahs, candle lighting, and pre-finals bagels. 

Members of Hillel have been planning many exciting religious events that focus on Hanukkah. This year is one of the few times in which Hanukkah actually falls during the semester. Rollins Hillel is taking full advantage of this timing and is providing the community with opportunities to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah together.

Emily Block, the associate director of Jewish student life, is looking forward to Hillel’s celebration of Lakkahs on the Lawn for Hanukkah on Dec. 4. Lakkahs (or latkes) are potato pancakes and will be provided with different toppings. There will also be dreidel games and Hanukkah gelt chocolate coins. 

Hillel will provide candle lighting in the Campus Center when Hanukkah is celebrated from Dec. 2 until Dec. 10. “This will be an opportunity for people to come and say the blessings over the candles, where the traditional jelly doughnuts and lakkahs will also be supplied,” said Block. 

Hillel will also host its semesterly pre-finals Bagel Brunch on Dec. 10 to wish students good luck on their finals and over break. 

Hillel has continued to make its presence on campus stronger this semester. During International Education Week at Rollins, which ran from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, Hillel partnered with Leaders United in Christ, the Roman Catholic Campus Ministry Club, and the Muslim Student Union for an interfaith activity to provide more insight on the different religious organizations and their praying methods on campus.

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