Israeli Culture Night was Hillel at UT Dallas’ largest event yet with approximately 125 students in attendance, twice the number from last year.
Many of the students who came to learn something about Israel and taste free falafel (from Milk & Honey) were not Jewish. Some were Indian students who said “India loves Israel.”
Jesse Stock, StandWithUs Southern Regional High School Program Coordinator, was in attendance to answer questions about Israel and brought two large posters about Israeli Humanitarian Aid and Technology/Innovation.
Hillel students had this to say about the event:
- Sivan Lubinin, UTD sophomore, supply chain management and business administration major:
“It was a full room of networking and talking. Everyone enjoyed the Israeli food, the falafel was really good and people were excited by the Israeli snacks. At my table, I listened to Russian Israeli UTD students reading interesting facts on the tables. One mentioned, “did you know Israelis invented USBs?”
- Elad Banai, UTD junior, information technology systems major and Hillel president:
“The turnout for Israeli Culture Night was phenomenal, more than we expected. We changed up the layout of the event, created a sort of Israeli coffee house atmosphere, and included outside organizations — StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition and Masa — to participate. The feedback I received was very positive; people as they were leaving commented it was very cool and they learned a lot.”
- Fred Traylor, UTD sophomore, sociology major:
“The event was awesome! It was great to be able to contribute to the diversity that is celebrated at UT Dallas.”