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Bethlehem, Pa., March 9, 2010—More than 30 students and faculty members joined the new Moravian College Hillel Society chapter recently to celebrate the traditional Jewish holiday of Purim. The festivities were held at the International House suite inside the HILL. The event was sponsored by Moravian's budding chapter of Hillel in association with the residents of the International House, a living community for internationally-conscious students.
Chapter president Gregg Steinman '12 dubbed the event "IHOP"(for International House of Purim). According to advisor Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion, Purim is a "Jewish holiday that celebrates how the bold and brave Queen Esther saved her people from catastrophe at the hands of the evil, nefarious Persian vizier Haman." Mediterranean foods as well as hamantaschen (Haman's pocket, a traditional stuffed holiday cookie) made by student members of Hillel greeted those who attended the celebration.
Hillel is a national organization that aims to celebrate Jewish identity through a global network of college campuses. Its goals are two-fold, says Professor Radine: to provide a community for Jewish students on campus, and to share Jewish holidays and traditions with the campus community. Moravian Hillel plans to meet again for a Passover Seder this spring, Sukkot in fall, Shabbat services and other events.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.