C of I Judaic Studies hosts Hanukkah Palooza!

Put on your Yamaka, here comes Hanukkah Palooza!

Join Professor Howard Berger, basketball coach Scott Garson, Study Skills instructor Michal Yadlin and C of I Judaic Studies Chair Federica Francesconi as they show the Adam Sandler movie Eight Crazy Nights at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Jewett Auditorium. Come spin the dreidel and enjoy pizza, soda, jelly donuts and latkes—a traditional Jewish fried potato pancake. It will be a night of “food, fun and meeting Jews,” Berger said.

Eight Crazy Nights tells the story of a Jewish basketball referee who, during the eight nights of Hanukkah, goes through adventures, challenges and redemption.

Berger and Coach Garson also will explain the main concepts of the Jewish holiday.

“Hanukkah is a really fun holiday,” Garson said. “I think it is really important to learn about people from other backgrounds, and this event gives students a chance to learn about a culture that isn’t prominent in Idaho.”

The Festival of Lights goes back to the second century B.C., when Greeks ruled over the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. After a group, called the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of the temple, they wanted to purify it by burning ritual oil in the Temple for eight days. To their dismay, they discovered there was only enough oil for one day—yet it lasted the full eight days. Today, in remembrance, a candle is lit on the menorah for each of the eight days of Hanukkah.

Perhaps Berger sums it up a bit more succinctly.

“They tried to kill us all, they didn’t kill us all…let’s eat!” he said.

So mark your calendars for Hanukkah Palooza. It’s sure to be fun-akkah!

Click here to watch an Eight Crazy Nights movie trailer.

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