Happy birthday, Israel

University Press Staff

The smell of food, hundreds of blue and white balloons, and carnival activities couldn’t be missed when walking through the breezeway. It was a birthday party.

Owls for Israel, Hillel and a few other organizations celebrated Israel’s 64th year as an independent state. The actual birth date is April 26, but OFI celebrated two days early. “We’re having it today because exams start tomorrow,” OFI coordinator Brooke Weinabum said. At Traditions Plaza, in front of the book store, crowds gathered for free falafel, face painting and a chance to be blessed by a Rabbi. Students got passports they could get stamped at more than eight different stations. Four stamps would get them free food, and six a T-shirt. Weinbaum said, “It’s just a fun little way to do it.”