Rabbi Matthew Lilienthal-Kritz a chaplain at the Princeton Healthcare System, led the meal with the assistance of Jacob Wachpress, a Princeton University junior and member of the University’s Center for Jewish Life. Club members, faculty, parents, and guests joined the meal, which commemorates the deliverance of the enslaved Israelites from Egypt as told in the Book of Exodus.
The JCC meets regularly to celebrate Friday Shabbat, and other holidays such as Hannukah. They also bring speakers to campus to honor and celebrate Jewish faith and history. On April 29th, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States brought a speaker to school who survived the Holocaust as a child.
Hun’s JCC started about a decade ago, said Melissa Dorfman, its faculty advisor.
“A student came to me and said he would like to share some of his Jewish culture with the school,” said Mrs. Dorfman. “He wanted to let the students know who we are, and help further the cultural competency mission of the school.”
Hun has nearly a dozen cultural clubs, ranging from the Asian Culture Club to the Black Student Union, from the Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club the Middle Eastern Club. The Cultural Competency Committee, a group of faculty, student and staff, sponsors events throughout the year, such as the recent International Week, a series of events that included an international tasting event. They also co-sponsor the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Summit, a weekend in January during which students and faculty explore social justice, personal identity, and group dynamics.
In addition to the camaraderie and fun it brings students, the JCC is part of a campus-wide commitment to expose them to faiths and cultures different from their own.
“Cultural competency is a 21st century skill that is essential to our students. Wherever life or their careers may take them, Hun students will be prepared to interact with people of all backgrounds and experiences,” said Mrs. Dorfman.