Hillel at Loyola continues to take the lead with some unique intergroup programming that once again brings together students from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Hillel and the Hindu students started the new school year by co-hosting a fast-breaking vegetarian/kosher iftar meal for the Muslim student community at Loyola. The event, which brought together a group of over 125, was an incredibly moving experience for students who came together for the event and some have already planned to make this an annual event. “There was such a visceral sense of community,” said Loyal Hillel director Patti Ray. “It is really hard even for me to put into words that intangible sense of being part of something very special. When all the Muslim students who had been fasting all day had taken their dinner, the Jewish and Hindu students got their dinner and sat among their Muslim peers and shared their dinner together.”
In another program that Ray believes also demonstrates Loyola’s unique intergroup dynamics, hundreds of students gathered in the student union building for “Rosh HaShanah Mazanas Y Miel,” a celebration of Rosh Hashana and Mexican Heritage Day, which kicked-off Latino Heritage Month (two students from the event pictured). For over 20 years, Loyola Hillel has distributed apples and honey, as well as hot fudge and caramel, to the Loyola community. This year there was an addition of kosher Latin food, as well as a mariachi band introduced by a rabbi blowing a shofar. “Now that’s a Loyola story,” said Ray.