Harvard Hillel and the Harvard Islamic Society hosted a presentation and panel discussion Monday on prejudice and discrimination against Islam or Muslims.
It may only be the fourth day of Sukkot—a Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest—but it is the 16th day of the Harvard University Dining Services workers’ strike, which presents Harvard Hillel with unique challenges.
Students handed out flyers, held a banner reading “No excuse for terror,” and read aloud a list of names of people killed during the unrest in Israel.
The protest, organized by members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, involved students lying down near the entrance to Hillel.
“It’s really good to have time to...check in with yourself, to what extent you are living the life you want to and being the person you want to and having the presence in the world you want to.” Sofie Rose Seymour ’16, who self-identifies as “secular Jewish,” drops pieces of bread into the Charles River during the Jewish ritual Tashlich, in which practitioners aim to let go of sin and regret.
Sofie Rose Seymour ’16, right, and Matthew J. Goodkin-Gold ’19, left, look onto the Charles while performing the Jewish ritual Tashlich, in which practitioners drop pieces of bread or another food into moving bodies of water to symbolize letting go of regret and sin. “It can be done very personally by anyone anywhere,” explained Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Jonah C. Steinberg.
Students march for Yom Hashoah, an annual remembrance of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The march, which happened Thursday afternoon, was organized by Aaron Y. Grand ’18, the Jewish Life Chair of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Harvard College and was advertised primarily to students affiliated with the fraternity or Harvard Hillel.