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HPU students celebrate Jewish traditions at Hanukkah dinner

Jewish students at High Point University of the student-run organization Hillel celebrated Hanukkah with a traditional dinner at Prime 1924 on 1 December. Senior Jordyn Fells lit one of the menorahs as part of the annual event.

HIGH POINT, NC, December 3, 2021 – High Point University Jewish students shared their faith and Hanukkah traditions with the community of HPU during the 10th to annual Hanukkah dinner in December. 1 in 1924 Prime, one of HPU's haute cuisine learning laboratories.

This year, Hanukkah began at sunset on November 28 and concludes on December 6. The university holds a Hanukkah dinner for the entire campus community each year and lights a menorah on campus.

According to tradition, students, teachers, and staff from the HPU Hillel community read the Hanukkah story, recite prayers in Hebrew, learn to play the dreidel, and serve authentic Jewish food such as matzo ball soup, sufganiyot, which are jelly donuts. , and potato latkes.

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"During dinner on the fourth night of Hanukkah, we lit four candles plus the shamash, the auxiliary candle," said Amy Epstein, HPU Jewish Life Coordinator. “We light an additional candle each of the following nights to remember the miracle of the oil, which lasted eight nights when it was only expected to last one night. There are many stories related to the history of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday of lights. We strive to bring light to the dark days of winter, and we want to make a better world to live in by shining our lights from within. ”

Steph Stone, president of Hillel, has been part of the student-run Jewish organization for the four years of her college experience.

"Hannukah in 1924 Prime is especially significant because it has become a special tradition that we can only experience together during our years at High Point University," said Stone, a senior from Short Hills, NJ. “It's amazing to see people from all corners come to our Hannukah dinner on campus and have fun. Nothing makes me happier than to see the connections that Hillel has assembled establish. ”

Hillel of HPU will also create a menorah tonight with hundreds of canned goods that they will donate to the David Frazier Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services.

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