CAMPUS-WIDE SOLDIER CARE PACKAGE PROJECT
After Hillel and the Armed Forces Club co-sponsored the visit of Israeli soldiers to Loyola, the groups decided to partner again on a campus-wide project to send care packages to U.S. Soldiers. Joining with Hillel and the Armed Forces Club was Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity (SAE) and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. This initiative captured the imagination of the entire campus community and students throughout Loyola contributed items for the care packages at tables set up in the Loyola Student Union. Students from the sponsoring groups then came together to assemble the packages, and 4 large cartons were mailed to the Army Infantry unit, which had recently moved from Afghanistan to Germany. The unit selected was that of a Jewish soldier from Chicago, David Schiller, a graduate of Akiba-Schechter Day School, the Ida Crown Jewish Academy and Yeshiva University.
SURPRISE PARTY CELEBRATING PATTI RAY'S 25 YEARS AT LOYOLA
Hillel at Loyola students surprised Patti Ray, Loyola's Hillel Director, with a party they had been planning for several months. Though there will be a formal celebration of Hillel at Loyola's 25th anniversary hosted by Loyola's Alumni Association on June 24th, the current Hillel students wanted to make a party of their own! With a special power-point presentation, speeches, and other tributes, Hillel students, alumni, faculty and members of other campus organizations came together to honor Patti Ray in a joyous evening event.
HILLEL DECORATES LOYOLA CAMPUS WITH ISRAELI FLAGS FOR ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel's 64th Independence Day, 2012, was celebrated in a very creative manner at Loyola University this year. When the holiday falls mid-semester, there is a huge campus-wide party in the Student Union. Since this year, the holiday fell at the very end of Loyola's Spring Semester, also on the day of the visit of the Dalai Lama to Loyola, in a program in which Hillel participated, the students developed an innovated celebration decorating Loyola's Lake Shore campus with Israeli flags. In the crisp, bright wind of the day, there were Israeli flags flying from the 8th floor windows of Mundelein Center, where Hillel is located; Hillel students who live in dorms or apartments on campus had Israeli flags in their windows, and a group of Hillel men wore Israeli flags as capes throughout the day on campus! In addition, Hillel at Loyola became a center of celebration with a birthday cake for Israel decorated like an Israeli flag, falafel sandwiches, a crafts table to make Hebrew name bracelets with Hillel students helping others to create them, and an array of Israel information. More than 100 students, faculty and staff from throughout the university from a variety of groups streamed in and out of Hillel at Loyola throughout the day.