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Passover, Easter events are on campus this week

DU will host several holiday events this week for members of the Jewish and Christian communities.

Hillel is hosting a First Night Passover Seder dinner Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. Passover continues through Thursday, April 16. The dinner costs $18 ($15 with a can of food), and will be at the Merage and Allon Hillel Center, located at 2390 S. Race Street. RSVP online or call 303–777–2773.

The Seder is part of the preparation for the most widely observed Jewish holiday, which celebrates God freeing Jews from Egyptian slavery. It marks the escape of the Israelites from Egypt across the desert and through the parted Red Sea.

Hillel also will serve Passover lunches on the Driscoll Bridge each day of the holiday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. “For students in particular, it could be a hard time being away from family,” says Hillel Campus Director Rachel Pinsker, adding that it’s important to have this community event on campus in retelling the story that is “a huge part of Jewish people’s history.”

This week also is Holy Week for Christians.

There will be an ecumenical Good Friday service on April 10 at noon in Evans Chapel. Chaplain Gary Brower says most churches offer multiple services that day, often three hours long because of reading the Passion Narrative. But the service at Evans “will allow those with limited time to observe this holy day at noon without having to leave DU.” The service will run about one hour, Brower says.

Good Friday is the day in which “Christians commemorate the submission of Jesus to death by crucifixion on behalf of humanity, that is, to accomplish the salvation of humanity,” Brower says. “It is probably the most solemn day in the Christian calendar.”

The Staff Advisory Council will host its 17th annual egg hunt Saturday, April 11, in the Humanities Garden.

The hunt begins at 11 a.m. but only lasts a few minutes, as kids quickly scour the area. After the kids’ egg hunt, there will be one for adults with prizes and candy. The event is free and open to all community members.

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