On Tuesday, December 8th, KU Hillel hosted their Hanukkah celebration: Hanukkah at Hillel. Over 100 people attended the Hanukkah party to light the menorah and eat latkes and gelt.
“The Hanukkah party was a huge success. Hillel’s space was completely decked out with Hanukkah décor. It was really special that so many people came out to celebrate with Hillel,” said sophomore Paige Krug.
While there was only one formal Hanukkah gathering at Hillel, various groups gathered at Hillel throughout the week to light the menorah. “Lighting the candles is very important to me and it is nice to have Hillel as a home base to gather with close friends,” said senior Becca Levine.
Along with celebrating, students at Hillel felt it was important to give back to the Lawrence community this holiday season. Led by junior Nicki Stoller, KU Hillel partook in an Adopt-a-Family program through the Lawrence Family Promise organization.
“It is great to have Hillel available to us as students to help make Jewish holidays special and meaningful, but not everyone is as fortunate as we are. I am so glad we were able to adopt a family this holiday season and to provide our family with gifts they need and want,” said Stoller.
KU students raised about $200 plus received numerous gift donations from students. “I am so glad we adopted a family. It was a fun project and definitely made Hanukkah a more meaningful experience for all of us that got involved,” Stoller concluded.