President Daniele Struppa lit the first Hanukkah candle on Chapman’s menorah outside the Fish Interfaith Center Dec. 12. The short ceremony was led by Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, and Chapman’s Director of Jewish Life Rabbi Corie Yutkin.
The Chapman community celebrated the start of the Jewish Festival of Lights with traditional chocolate coins called gelt, potato pancakes called latkes, dinner and music. Students were also served “sufganiyot,” which are jelly-filled doughnuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah.
For some students, the celebration was a break from finals, but Yutkin noted the deeper meaning of the event.
“This is an opportunity to bring light into the darkness and make sure we have conversations finding similarities instead of differences. We get to celebrate the light that’s in our communities,” Yutkin said.