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Bethlehem, Pa., September 22, 2010—The Hillel Society of Moravian College will decorate the Sukkah (booth/hut structure) on Thursday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m., near the 1742 circle on Moravian’s Main Campus.
This “Sukkah” is used to celebrate “Sukkot,” a Jewish holiday that commemorates the experience of Israelites living in temporary structures (“sukkot”) during the exodus from slavery in Egypt. It represents part of the process toward freedom, and celebrates the autumn harvest season. Jews around the world will be building and decorating these structures.
“As with all Hillel events at Moravian, one does not have to be Jewish to participate; everyone is invited, and Hillel will provide the decorations,” said Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion at Moravian College. “We invite the community to bring their your own autumn-themed decorations. There will also be an explanation and demonstration of the ritual that accompanies the Sukkah when it is decorated.”
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.