This past week, The Simpsons featured the Hillel from Marge’s college days in a flashback.
So what else does Hillel International do but publish a press release about the opening of the C. Montgomery Burns Hillel Center for Jewish Campus Life at Springfield University. Including quotes from actual Hillel president Wayne L. Firestone, Springfield Hillel Executive Director Reuven Murdock, and Krusty the Clown, the actor Herschel Shmoikel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofsky, the news item shows us there’s still some sense of humor left in Jewish communal life:
In addition to the Krustofski Chapel, the new 50,000-square-foot facility will feature an Olympic-size pool, shuffleboard courts, a parcheesi room, laundromat, hookah bar, Duff-pong tables, helipad, library, study rooms and a kosher dining facility with a 24-hour, all-you-can-eat cholent bar.
Springfield resident Homer Simpson was particularly pleased with the cholent bar. Simpson explained that he paid for his wife’s college tuition by serving as the Hillel “Shabbes boy.” “I took the job for the money but I stayed for the free jelly donuts,” Simpson said. (MORE)
Pronounced: CHO-lent, Origin: Yiddish, but believed to be derived from French, a slow-cooked stew traditionally prepared for and left cooking over Shabbat.
Pronounced: KOH-sher, Origin: Hebrew, adhering to kashrut, the traditional Jewish dietary laws.