Our New Years day for trees, Hillel holds annual Tu B'Shevat Seders with foods from Israel including the seven types of fruits.
Purim is a festive Jewish holiday where we celebrate the Persian Jews deliverance from the evil Haman by the heroic Queen Esther. It is celebrated with dressing up, and satirical performances, all recalling the evil decrees of Haman that were ultimately overturned.
At the U of R , we read the megillah (the scroll telling Esther's story), bake hamantaschen, and celebrate with a big Purim party. (Crazy costumes encouraged).
Passover celebrates the biblical exodus from Egypt, but its focus on freedom in general has earned it a special place on the Jewish calendar. More Jews participate in a seder than any other Jewish ritual.
Hillel offers free seders for students both the first and second nights of Passover. Students prepare their own Haggadahs and lead the seders. For the entire week of of Passover, there are Kosher for Passover lunches and dinners available in the Interfaith Chapel which can be paid for with students' meal plans.
Yom Ha'Atzmaut is Israel's Independence Day.
On campus we celebrate with Israeli flags, food, music, and dancing.