On Monday, November 2nd UT Dallas students came to learn about and experience a taste of Israeli culture with Hillel. Israeli Culture Night is one of the most well-attended events for Hillel at UT Dallas and this year was no exception with sixty students in attendance.
The evening was held in the Galaxy Room C in Student Union. At the entrance students were handed a “passport” to Israel; as they walked in, a falafel buffet was set up for everyone to enjoy. Milk and Honey catered the event with pita, falafel, hummus and Israeli salad. Students ate at large round tables decorated with Israeli flags and chocolates. Israeli music played in the background.
As students were finishing their falafel, the music stopped and Hillel’s executive director Melissa Duchin welcomed everybody and introduced Hannah Ghotbi, student president for Hillel, who explained the events different activities. Behind her were booths set up to look like an Israeli city and theme. Tel Aviv’s night life and Haifa’s technology were on display as well as Eilat’s tourism, Jerusalem’s sports and Safed’s art. Hannah invited students to walk around and talk to the characters stationed at each booth to learn more.
The booths were not your typical tri-fold, information filled booths, but rather lively displays of the Israeli city and theme with a student representing the general spirit of the city. For example, Tel Aviv had cardboard boxes painted to look like buildings and twinkling lights around them. In front of the booth stood Alana Stovall as a fashionista. Students actually took the opportunity to talk to different people at the booths.
The evening ended with Israeli dance instruction by a guest instructor. The dancing started out easy, but got progressively more difficult in choreography. Students enjoyed the challenge. Overall, Israeli Culture Night was an incredibly fun event that left students full with falafel and more educated about Israel’s culture.
By: Elad Banai