Jewish Student Union kicks off spring event

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 11:23 p.m.

It is time to roll out the red carpet.

Jewish Student Union's Spring Welcome Week begins today, Tuesday, and invites all UF students to come enjoy a week full of events.

Spring Welcome Week kicks off with a "Spread Your Seed" party on Plaza of the Americas this morning, Tuesday, at 11, at which students can decorate clay pots and plant small trees that they will be able take home with them, said Emily Glosser, assistant director of JSU's Spring Welcome Week.

Other events this week include a breakfast at Broward, a Jewish involvement fair and a social at The Swamp restaurant.

Glosser said that JSU is also hosting a "Green Festival" at Hillel, 2020 W. University Ave., to promote an environmentally friendly world.

"The Green Festival is going to draw a lot of people in. It is very new, we have never done anything like this before," Glosser said.

Gainesville Regional Utilities will be at the "Green Festival" handing out free fluorescent light bulbs, said Danielle Obrart, president of Jewish Student Union.

The Green Festival will also feature a free dinner beginning at 5 p.m., followed by hookah and a performance by a live band outside Hillel.

Glosser said that she expects the larger events, such as The Green Festival, as well as the "Spring Kickoff Swamp Social" at The Swamp, to draw between 200 and 300 people for each event. The social will take place on Thursday night at 10.

For more information, contact Emily Glosser at, or visit JSU's Web site for a detailed list of all the events.

"We are looking forward to an exciting and innovative semester," Obrart said.

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