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Rosemont hosts 53rd annual Seder Supper

Rosemont College celebrated its 53rd annual Seder Supper, and its second in  Honor of Ethel Levenson on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The event took place in Main Building on campus and was well-attended by students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Rosemont has hosted a Seder Supper on campus every year since 1965. In keeping with the College’s Mission, the event welcomes all faiths and attendees are encouraged to learn and celebrate Jewish tradition.

 “The Seder Dinner is a special way to pray with the Jewish tradition by sharing in the rich ritual of the Passover story and meal,” said Sr. Jeanne Hatch, Rosemont’s Vice President of Mission and Ministry.  “Rosemont is blessed with a community of believers who are willing and eager to learn about the richness of various faiths while practicing and sharing their own. Those who gathered this year fondly remembered Ethel Levenson who led the Seder for Rosemont while she was Dean of Students in the mid-1980s through the 1990s." 

Rosemont College is committed to maintaining an inclusive, welcoming campus environment that embraces people of all faiths and cultures. To that end, the College has established The Ethel Levenson Fund for Jewish Studies, which assists the College in continuing to provide and broaden education in the Jewish heritage. The fund includes initiatives such as the annual Seder Supper, a yearly interfaith retreat, weekly interfaith reflections, and periodic courses in world religions developed with an emphasis on Jewish topics (Jewish studies, Holocaust education, Antisemitism, etc.).

Ethel Levenson served as Rosemont College’s Dean of Students from 1984 to 1994, overseeing all aspects of student life outside of the classroom. Prior to her role as Dean, Levenson served the Rosemont community for three years as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Campus Facilities. Her varied career included teaching at the elementary and secondary levels and serving as the Assistant Executive Director for the JYC Campus.