By Heather Fabritze
Elm Staff Writer
Washington College’s Hillel House hosted a bagel breakfast to restart their in-person events on Wednesday, April 6.
The breakfast began at 10:30 a.m. in the Hillel House and lasted until noon. Students could stop by to get bagels with butter or cream cheese, various types of fruit, and coffee, tea, or juice. Many students milled about, eating their bagels in small groups.
The main motivation behind the breakfast was Hillel House’s current lack of publicity on campus. They are both an organization on campus made up of Jewish students, as well as a physical house, situated along Washington Avenue between Minta Martin Hall and the Sears Publication House.
Hillel House currently meets weekly, and according to President and junior Max Tucker, the group discusses ideas for the future of the club at their meetings.
“We come up with ideas about how to support the community,” Tucker said.
Vice president of Hillel House junior Skylar Hass feels that a large part of what makes it essential to the WC campus is the safe haven it provides to students.
Even for those who are not Jewish, the house represents an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge of different cultures.
“I hope people gain a sense of community,” Hass said. “Especially for other Jewish students, to realize that Hillel is here, ready to accept everyone with open arms as we are doing our best to get it back up and running.”
The bagel breakfast was the Hillel House’s first in-person event in over a year. According to Tucker, they were “hesitant” on how to start due to all the precautions they would have to abide by. These issues involved collaborating with Public Safety, getting access to the house, and requesting funding for the bagels.
In the end, the Executive Board felt the effort was worth it to get the house’s name back out as an essential part of the campus environment.
Sophomore Delaney Runge attended the event because her roommate wanted to go; however, she left with a greater knowledge of an organization she was unfamiliar with.
“I left with the experience of another place on campus that I thought was cool, especially since I’m a tour guide,” Runge said. “I’ve talked about it but I’ve never actually been there.”
Hillel currently looks forward to expanding its presence even more in the future. They plan to host events for various Jewish holidays, including one for Passover. They’re considering cooking dinner to celebrate in the Hillel House itself.
There is the potential to plan events for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next semester. They are also hoping to hold a book club on Jewish literature.
For those who are interested, more information can be found on the Hillel House Instagram, @wac_hillel.
Photo by Kayla Thornton
Featured Photo Caption: Hillel House provided a variety of bagels for attendees to choose from including plain, blueberry, and everything bagels along with butter and cream cheese. Other breakfast items such as fruit, and drinks like coffee and tea were also offered.