USF Hillel plans tasty debate filled with science and treats
To find out, University of South Florida Hillel of the Suncoast will host the third annual Great Latke-Hamantash Debate on Wednesday evening, March 8. The event is free and open to the entire Tampa Bay community.
In the spirit of the fun and frivolity of Purim, two USF professors will will apply the knowledge and tools of their respective academic disciplines to argue the merits of the latke versus the hamantash.
Arguing for the hamanthashen will be Dr. Sarina Ergas, graduate program director in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on solutions of environmental problems, such as treatment of wastewater and solid waste management.
Dr. Allan Feldman, USF professor of science education will take the latke’s side. For the past 20 years, his research has focused on science teacher learning. His current work is in the area of environmental education and global sustainability.
A latke, better known as a potato pancake, is traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. Fried in oil, the latke commemorates the holiday miracle in which one day’s worth of oil illuminated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem for eight days.
Hamantashen are triangular–shaped flour pastries with a sweet filling that are traditionally eaten on Purim when the Megillah Esther is read. The name of the pastry is a reference to the evil Haman, whose plan to kill all the Jews during the ancient Persian Empire was thwarted by Queen Esther.
Tampa comedian, David Glickman, will moderate the debate and a question-and-answer period will follow.
A post-debate reception featuring homemade latkes and hamantashen will be held immediately after the program.
At the debate, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast also plans to announce the winners of the Rutstein Judaic Essay Contest and distribute $1,540 in prize money as well as a free round-trip airline ticket to Israel for the first place winner at the program.
The Third Annual USF Hillel Great Latke- Hamantash Debate is made possible through the generosity of the event sponsors, Stan & Jo Rutstein and First Florida Integrity Bank.
The event begins at 7 p.m. in room CWY206 of the C.W. Bill Young Hall (ROTC building) located at 12303 USF Maple Drive on the USF campus. Parking is available near Young Hall.
Event sponsors are Stan and Joe Rutstein and First Florida Integrity Bank.
RSVPs are encouraged no later than Monday, March 6 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Hillel at (813) 899-2788.