Hillel to Commemorate Hanukkah with Annual Dinner, Celebration
November 20, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - IWU's chapter of Hillel, the national association for Jewish college
students, will host its annual Hanukkah celebration Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
in the Main Lounge of Illinois Wesleyan University's Memorial Center, 104 E. University
St., in Bloomington.
The event, which will consist of a short religious service, the telling of the Hanukkah
story and a traditional Hanukkah dinner catered by Sodexho, IWU's food service provider,
is free and open to the public.
Hanukkah, which means "dedication," is celebrated each year for eight consecutive
nights beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, the third month in the Jewish lunar calendar,
which corresponds roughly with December in the Gregorian solar calendar. The holiday
commemorates the re-dedication of the Jewish temple after it was defiled by the Syrians,
who in 165 BCE outlawed Judaism and dedicated the temple to the worship of Zeus.
Under the guidance of one of their high priests, a Jewish group called the Maccabees
revolted against and eventually defeated their persecutors.
Celebrating the victory, the Jews rededicated the temple to God, but only had enough
oil to light the temple lamps for one night. Miraculously, the lamps remained lit
for eight days, long enough for the community to prepare more oil. In celebration
of this event, each year Jewish families traditionally light one candle each night
for eight nights in a particular kind of candelabra called a menorah and exchange
For additional information, contact senior Alissa Sherman, president of IWU Hillel,
Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181