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Forget presidential candidates, debate over latkes vs hamantaschen is hot topic

While it may not be as contentious as any of the presidential candidate debates this year, opponents in the Second Annual Great Latke-Hamantaschen debate are hoping to win converts to their point of view. No matter what is said though, it is highly unlikely that the arguments will change many minds.

Still, it will be entertaining to hear both sides, if for no other reason than there will he hamantaschen and latkes to nosh on once the academics have make their points.

The debate will take place on the University of South Florida Tampa campus on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as two scholars wrestle with that timeless question – which is better, hamantaschen or latkes?

The event is a copycat of debates that have been held on college campuses since the first one was held in 1946 at the Hillel Foundation House at the University of Chicago. Ever since then, it seems, there had never been a clear winner.

For the local event, Dr. Steven Specter, USF professor of Molecular Medicine, will square off against Dr. Jeffrey Cunningham, USF associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to argue the merits of Hanukkah’s potato pancake (latke) versus Purim’s triangular-shaped flour pastries with a sweet filling (hamantaschen.)

Each professor will use his field of expertise to argue for their favorite holiday delight. Professional comedian David Glickman will moderate the debate and a question-and-answer period will follow.

The debate will be in Room CWY206 of the C.W. Bill Young Hall ( the ROTC building) at 12303 USF Maple Drive on the USF Tampa campus. Parking is available near Young Hall; for more information on where to park, please visit: services/ parking/documents/ parkingmap.jpg

The event is free and open to the entire Tampa Bay community.

RSVPs are encouraged no later than Monday, March 21 via email at or by calling Hillels of the Florida Suncoast at (813) 899-2788.

At the program, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast also plans to announce the winners of the Rutstein Judaic Essay Contest (for Suncoast Hillels’ students) and distribute $1,540 in prize money and a free round-trip airline ticket to Israel for the first place.

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