Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month

April 21, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson

As Jewish Heritage Month draws to a close, The University of Toledo Hillel hopes to educate the UT community with a few more events.

JHM Poster 2014“The purpose of this month is to let people know about Judaism, where we came from and what we do,” said Andrew Saltzstein, professional sales and marketing student and president of Hillel.

At noon on Wednesday, April 23, on Centennial Mall, Hillel is asking students to “Give Chickpeas a Chance.” There will be hummus and pita available, and people are invited to create their own hummus with supplies provided. In case of rain, the event will be held in the Student Union Trimble Lounge.

On Friday, April 25, Hillel will host a public Shabbat, or dinner, at 5:30 p.m. in the Flatlands. The dinner will be a celebration of the year, a sendoff for students who are graduating, and a welcome to new and returning members for the 2014-15 school year.

“We may be a Jewish organization, but we welcome all different types of people, cultures, religions and beliefs,” Saltzstein said.

Jewish Heritage Month events will come to a close with Yom Hashoah from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Driscoll Alumni Auditorium. Yom Hashoah, which means Holocaust remembrance, will feature a documentary with interviews of local Holocaust survivors.

The documentary will be followed by a panel of second- and third-generation survivors and a project based on the book titled I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which is a compilation of poems and pictures made by young children inside a concentration camp. Student organizations will make butterflies that will later be put together in a large display to remember victims of the Holocaust.

Saltzstein and Jessica Moses, incoming Hillel president, planned these events with help from Dan McGuire, assistant director of the Toledo Excel program.

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