Hanukkah O’ Hanukkah

No winter holiday season is complete without the celebration of Hanukkah. This year, the Jewish Student Union got together for a celebration of their own, full of presents and donuts galore.


Celia Schmeidler

From left to right: Sophomores Abby Siminovsky and Benjamin Furry, and Juniors Liyah Rozett and Samantha Alter, as well as other students, had the chance to bring in presents for a fun gift exchange during “Mystery Maccabee”.

Celia Schmeidler, Bear Hub Staff

The candles on the menorah radiated warmth and illuminated room B-12, as the Rabbi revisited a familiar story; a story of the Jewish faith and perseverance.

Abby Goldstein, 11, Charlotte Friedman, 10, and Samara Stein, 10, celebrate the festival of lights by lighting the Menorah. (Celia Schmeidler)

As we enter the holiday season, the Jewish Student Union knows just how to get the celebration started.

During the Hanukkah-inspired meeting, students in the club had the chance to exchange gifts during “Mystery Maccabee,” a fun activity to kick off the get-together. The Menorah was lit as students talked about their traditions and munched on delicious cream-filled donuts, another popular custom of the holiday.

Hanukkah traditions include lighting the Menorah, cooking latkes in oil, and eating delicious donuts – jelly-filled tend to be a fan favorite. (Celia Schmeidler )

Between festivities, students discussed the importance of asking questions in life, of sticking out from the crowd in a world that finds comfort in “fitting in.” A comfort that has often left Jews feeling isolated. Jewish youth face hate daily, and JSU provides a safe space where students can learn how to combat conformity and rise against hate with grace.

To senior Laila Friedman, President of the club, Hanukkah means “spending time with family and friends, reflecting on what I am grateful for, immersing myself in some of my favorite Jewish traditions, (like lighting the menorah candles), and appreciating my ancestry.”

The Festival of Lights is one of hope and, above all, miracles. This year we can celebrate the hope of staying healthy, and the miracle of getting to learn in person again.

Here’s to a happy, happy Hanukkah.