Lights, Latkes and Learning

Students Light Up Campus with Communal Celebration

As Jews celebrate Hanukkah all over the world, Yeshiva University’s Wilf and Beren Campuses were alight with exciting events, a festive spirit and a feeling of unity this week. “Our mission is to create a vibrant Judaism and cultivate a strong religious life on campus, and Hanukkah is the perfect time to make that happen,” said Margot Reinstein, president of Stern College for Women’s Torah Activities Committee. “Whether it was through daily communal tefilah with hallel and breakfast, ‘Latkes and Learning’ with Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mordechai Willig, baking and decorating Hanukkah cookies to sell for charity, handing out menorahs in Times Square with Chabad, or our unbelievable glow-in-the-dark chagiga that brought more than 400 students together, YU is an unbelievable place to be during the holidays.”

Uptown, nightly communal lightings in the dormitories and a lunch that brought the entire campus together to celebrate with roshei yeshiva, among other events, created a warm and joyful environment.

“This year’s sensational programming culminated on Thursday with one of student government’s biggest events of the year – the annual YU Chanukah Concert,” said Yosef Hoffman, president of the Yeshiva Student Union. Featuring Shalsheles, the Y-Studs, Neshoma Orchestra and “America’s Got Talent” star Edon Pinchot (son of Dov Pinchot ‘90YC), the concert drew students, families and fans from across the tri-state area. “The fantastic lineup of performers and sold-out audience of over 1,000 people made the concert an electrifying experience,” Hoffman said.

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