Gray skies and rain did not stop Jewish students at University of North Texas (UNT) from celebrating their love for Israel outdoors with hundreds of students and community members.
On April 13th, 2016 Hillels of North Texas hosted their 16th annual Israel Fair to engage the UNT community on Israel. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00am, but constant rain during setup time made it difficult to construct the tents. Knowing the rain would pass, staff and student volunteers from Hillel and AEPi stayed strong and set up the fair. After a rain delay start, Israeli music was blasting and students were lining up.
Over 400 students came through Israel Fair, which had several booths set up about Israel’s culture, geography, and food. For taking part in learning about Israel, students received a t-shirt and lunch provided by Beirut Mediterranean Grill. “It warmed my heart to see students that would have no interaction with Israel embrace and be excited about Israel” said sophomore English major Rachel Kohnhorst. One of the students’ favorite booths was on learning what is and is not kosher. Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis of Congregation Kol Ami captivated passers-by, answering any questions students had. Also in attendance were Jewish and Israel Studies Program at UNT and Jewish Community Relations Council. “It felt really good to see all of the hard work and time that we put into preparing for Israel Fair pay off,” said Israel Chair Rachael Hunt.
Hillels of North Texas thanks its partner organizations and sponsors for the event: Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Hillel International, Men of Reform Judaism, and Israel on Campus Coalition.