Sukkot at Loyola!
Because of the prominent location on the campus of the Hillel at Loyola Sukkah - right on the Sheridan Road curve - with a huge sign that says "SHALOM FROM HILLEL AT LOYOLA" - Sukkot programs at Loyola are campus events.
Hillel students gathered during Fall Break and beautifully decorated the sukkah, and this year Hillel at Loyola students hosted a "Shabbat Under the Stars" dinner, "Subs in the Sukkah" for Homecoming Weekend, the annual "Sukkah Open House" with invitations sent to university departments throughout Loyola, "Tea in the Sukkah" for the Russian Jewish Senior Citizens whose residence building is near campus, and finally, the major campus-wide party "Hookah in the Sukkah BBQ!" Sabrina Melekson, Hillel at Loyola Vice-President, said, "It makes me very proud that our Hillel Sukkah is so central to our campus and that so many people from all over the university come to visit the Sukkah and learn about our holiday."
Students decorating for Sukkot festivities!
Latino Heritage Month
In the tradition of being the Jewish voice on campus and outreaching to every area of student life, Hillel at Loyola was again one of the sponsors of the Loyola University Chicago Latino Heritage Month. Hillel's particular program for the month was entitled "The Jewish Voice in Latin Cinema" and was co-sponsored with a Latino co-ed fraternity and a Latina sorority.
There was a kosher Latin dinner, Latin music, and Surprise giveaways!
"Derecho do Familia" ("Family Law"), a Latin/Jewish-themed film in Spanish with English subtitles was screened. Set in Argentina, a young man struggles with married life, fatherhood, and his relationship to his own father. Marcela Brusa, Hillel Faculty Board Member and Spanish Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, introduced the film.
Emely Reyes, the President of Lambda Theta Alpha Latina sorority, said, "It is so wonderful to learn about the Latino Jewish communities and to have great Latin kosher food!" Marcela Brusa said, "The Hillel program for Latino Heritage month gets larger every year. This year we ran out of chairs! It is a great indication of how Hillel reaches across the university to share information about Jewish life and culture."
Latino Heritage Month Committee of Latino and Jewish students.