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Parshat Pekudei - Shekalim 
Candle Lighting: 5:52                                                                                            Havdalah: 6:01
 February 28, 2014                                                                                                29 Adar I 5774
Dvar Torah


Parashat Pekudei begins with a description of the Machzit HaShekel, the half shekel tax levied upon the 603,550 men over the age of twenty. The Torah tells us that this silver amounted to "100 talents and 1,775 shekels" (38:25). The one hundred talents were used to make 100 adanim - weighted sockets which supported the boards of the Mishkan, and the remaining silver was used to make hooks for the posts (38:28).  In its totality the silver was used as accessories for the pillars of the outer courtyard of the Mishkan

The Midrash Tanchuma explains that this detailed account of the silver was necessary because  there were those among B'nai Yisrael who did not fully trust Moshe's honesty with the precious metals donated to the Mishkan.  According to this Midrash, Moshe therefore accounted for the one hundred talents of silver. However, according to this Midrash, Moshe forgot about the accessories for the amudim, and he could not recall what he did with the remaining 1,775 shekels of silver. Hashem then "illuminated his eyes" and reminded him of the hooks of the amudim made from the remaining silver.

This Midrash is puzzling on a few accounts, what lesson is this midrash teaching us, and how can we understand that Moshe "forgot" about the hooks for the pillars? Rav Shimon Schwab zt"l, in his "Ma'ayan Bet Ha-sho'eiva," suggests a symbolic reading of this Midrash. Moshe's orientation was focused on the interior of the Mishkan. G-d spoke to him from the kodesh ha-kodashim, the innermost sanctum of the Tabernacle. This orientation, this "interior" mindset, led to a small measure of neglect - to whatever extent one can make such an accusation against Moshe Rabbeinu - of the outer circle, the commoners. Moshe's intensive involvement in the most sacred chambers of the Mishkan, his constant communion with G-d, may have caused him to "forget" the pillars in the courtyard, the people he leads and represents that have not found their way inside as he has. G-d therefore reminded him, so-to-speak, of those outer layers, that his intensive engagement with the Shekhina may not cause his neglect of the commoners among the people. 
G-d therefore, urged Moshe to focus not only on the Mishkan's interior, but on its outer perimeter, as well, and try to relate to all members of the nation, even those situated along the periphery.


 Shabbat Shalom,                                    


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HYPE is Going to the Pirates Game 
All Hillel Academy Families, Grandparents, Administrators, Board Members, Faculty and Staff, Supporters and Friends are invited Sunday, May 25th at 1:35pm for a Sunday out at the Buccos game, as they battle the Washington Nationals! 
It is also a Kid's Day at PNC Park, so all kid's age 14 and under will receive free Andrew McCutchen N.L. MVP Wristbands, and then stick around after the game when all kids are invited to "Run The Bases" right down on the field (weather permitting). Sure to be a great time for all. Don't forget to bring your hats and sunscreen!  
A limited number of tickets are available. To reserve your discounted Grandstand $15 tickets for the specially designated Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh section, please click below:



Or you can call the Hillel Academy Office at 412-521-8131.


Your tickets will be available for pick-up a month before the game at Hillel Academy.  We will notify you as soon as they are available for pickup. See you at the game!


If you have any questions, please contact Dan Kraut or Reb Shaw.

Purim is Coming 

Today is the deadline for the Hillel Academy Purim Basket orders! Log on to today and order yours! Remember, in order to receive one, you must order at least $54 worth of greetings. Any questions? Email [email protected]  or call the office at 412.521.8131.

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Alumni Game Recap

On February 15th, the Hillel Academy Alumni faced the Hillel Heat Boys' High School basketball team in a tough basketball match-up.


In the weeks leading up to the big game, dubbed "The Fourth Annual Alumni Game," trash talk heated up to the point that bets (of no value, of course) were made on who could play better. From my perspective, the alumni seemed a bit eager to "beat the Heat" after last year's loss to an experienced team led by Andy Joshowitz, Steven Kohane, and Josh Brent. This year, however, the Hillel Heat lost those players, as each of them graduated and left to study abroad. Anyway, we the new Heat, had a lot of pressure coming off the previous year's win.  We made it our point to prove to the alumni that we could pull off the win a second time. 


The game began with no apparent advantage to either side, the point difference never exceeding more than four or five. The Hillel Heat had several less players than the Alumni, but what we lacked in numbers, we made up for in practice and well-thought out plays by Coach Horvitz. The game continued on in this way, neither team pulling ahead of the other.


At halftime, pizza and sushi were for sale, as the future stars game was played. This  game featured the middle school Hillel Heat.


Pretty soon, the players were back on the court. The second half started off positive for Team Alumni, as they pulled ahead by double-digit points. The Heat attempted to mount a comeback, but the Alumni's defense stopped us from closing the gap. Then, in the waning minutes of the final quarter, the Heat pulled within four points of the Alumni. Two made foul shots, and all of a sudden it was a one-shot game. With the final seconds winding down, the Heat made one final push to score, but to no avail. Alum, Robert Itskowitz said, "Jay Luzer's three point play was the turning point of the game."


The Hillel Academy Alumni had defeated the Hillel Heat 55-53 in one of the  most nail-biting basketball games in Hillel Heat history. Dr. Marc Itskowitz said after the game when asked about notable stats during the game, "The only stat I know is the score at the end of the game!"

  PA announcer and Hillel Academy parent, Mordechai Milch tweeted this after the game, "@HillelAcademy1 Can Elias Sports Bureau confirm that the most lane violations in a basketball game was indeed Rob Itzky during Alumni game?!"


Jacob Wiesenfeld - 9th Grade
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Parshas Shekalim  

We would like to remind everyone that this week is Parshas Shekalim.  This special maftir is in Sefer Shmos Parshas Ki Sisa, Perek 30,  Pesukim  11-16 .  Every year we read this on the Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh Adar.  This year it comes out on the 29th of  Adar Aleph. The pesukim are about how Hashem said everyone  should bring a half shekel for the needs of the Bais Hamikdash. Everyone brought exactly a half-shekel because Hashem didn't want anyone to feel greater or smaller.  

So why is it read especially at this time?  Because  Adar is the last month before Nisan when the money for the needs of the Beis Hamikdash were collected.  Today when we have no Beis Hamikdash, so we cannot bring money for the Beis Hamikdash.  Instead we give half dollar coins to Tzedakah on Ta'anis Esther.


Zalman Rodkin

Shoshana Levari

Tovia Shmuel Grossberg


Mrs. Yolkut

HYPE Sicha and Sushi Recap 

Sicha and Sushi was a success! Over fifty people gathered together the Sunday night of Presidents Day weekend to learn and discuss the education and upbringing of our precious children, while eating amazing Sushi prepared by Aaron Siebzener. Dr. Shani Bechhofer presented her thoughts on the challenges of raising our children to be resilient and strong in today's times.  She provided thoughtful ideas on how we, as parents, can raise our children in this way. There were many thoughtful points brought up by the parents as well.  It was a truly enjoyable evening. Stay tuned for more engaging speakers coming soon!
Do You HYPE Skate?

What a night for a skate! The conditions couldn't have been better as the Hillel family gathered at Schenley Park Ice skating rink after Shabbos for some ice skating fun! There was some slipping and sliding and definitely smiling as parents joined their children in attempting to catch up to Reb Shaw and his camera. Following the skate, everyone joined Rabbi Lowy with his guitar in the banquet hall for a Kumzits and a pizza dinner. It was really special to see children of all ages, arm in arm, singing those beautiful songs. Thank you to all those who came and made it such a special night!

Alumni Reunion in NYC - March 27, 2014

Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh invites Alumni - post college through age 40 - to join 
us at Gotham Burger in NYC. Catch up with classmates and fellow alumni living 
in New York. 

$18/person, $25 at the door (spouses are welcome)
Light appetizers and half-price cash bar

RSVP or email Dan Kraut at [email protected] or Sam Weinberg at [email protected] for more information.
If you would like to join the Event Committee please let us know. The more the merrier.

Event Committee:
Ruth Himelstein (Kentor), 1998
Gavri Butler, 1999
Danny Riemer, 2000
Danny Shaw, 2000

K-4 Visits the Library!
As part of the first week of our book blast program, the Kindergarten through 4th grade visited the library this past week. The K-2 students took a tour of the library and heard stories from librarians, Ms. Maddie and Ms. Rebecca. The students learned about the copper tent and how to bring a parent to apply for a library card if they don't already have one. The third and fourth graders went on a scavenger hunt in the library and learned about local authors and illustrators of children's books. As a way of saying thank you for coming Ms. Maddie and Ms. Rebecca gave a small gift to each student as a memento of their trip to the library. 
Thank you

Thank you to parent volunteers for accompanying us to the library!
Michael Vidmar McEwen
Dovid Knoll
Kira Sunshine
Marci Bleicher
Shoshana Russel
Maxine Kisilinsky
Yael Henteleff
Liz Greenfield
Ami Marizan
Family Spotlight - Yehudis and Eli Katz

Welcome to Hillel Academy. Yehudis what's it like to be a parent in a school you once attended? It's a little bit funny to be sending my daughter to a school that I once attended. Although, some parts seem very different from when I was there, especially in the pre-school. It is nice to be familiar with many of the staff and families that my child is in school with.
Kayla is in Nursery. What's her favorite part of the day? Kayla's favorite part of nursery is probably science with Mr. Garwood. She always gloats when she talks about science.
Reb Eli, you came to Pittsburgh to attend Pitt, and follow your dream of becoming a dentist. How is it going? My dream has almost come true. I will be i'yh be graduating in May and I am looking forward to being finished with school.
Do you follow the Pitt's men's basketball team? Any predictions as we 
approach March? Though they play next door to the dental school, I do not follow the Pitt men's basketball team. 
What's the best part of Hillel Academy? The amazing teachers and friendly staff.
What is your daughter's favorite project? My daughter's favorite project is Mordechai's horse. She was very excited when she brought it home the other day.  She likes to play imagination games using it. 
Give us a hint for your Purim costumes. Kayla will dress up as an original Queen Esther this Purim. We haven't decided what Gershon will be yet. 
What does the Katz family do on a lazy Sunday afternoon? We like to hang out with the kids and do face time with the grandparents.

Click SCHEDULE to check it. Be on time for pick up. 
 The BHS Intramural Hockey season began this week. As expected, 9th grader, Jake was on fire but eleventh grader, Yaakov, also came on strong. Rookie goalie and 8th grade call up, Moshe Dovid looked to be unstoppable for most of his first game. Although he came up short but should prove to be a vital part of the league.  Games are free and open to the public, 5pm on Mondays in the JCC Robinson Gym, you won't be disappointing. Games are usually broadcasted on, look for Hillel Heat.  
Posin camps out in front of rookie goalie, Moshe Dovid, as Tovia, Jacob and Binyamin all fight for the puck.
Remember the upper cut.
Remember the upper cut.

Faculty Interview - Morah Rose Fletcher 
Hi Morah Rose. Welcome to Hillel Academy? You work in the new infant program. What's the best part of the day?  The best part of the day is the daily interaction with each child; every day there is something new to learn about each child. Every day the children give you giggles, smiles and hugs, it is very rewarding.


How do you feed ten kids at once? We never feed 10 children at one time (lol).  One teacher will feed some of the children in the high chairs and one or more of the infant teachers will bottle feed some of the other children; it is a team effort.  Because we have a daily schedule for the infants we maintain consistence with each feeding schedule.  All of the infant teachers have become so familiar with each child and how they communicate with us that we know when they are hungry.


What do you do when a person forgets to take off their shoes before they enter your classroom? We ask politely if that person could remove their shoes. Sometimes the person will ask why and we tell them that the infants crawl and play on the floor and we want the  floor to stay as clean as possible.


I like the policy, it keeps things so much cleaner, maybe we can order Hillel slippers. What do you think? It would be wonderful to have Hillel slippers. Hillel slippers would help the athletic department and help the infant room. I will be the first in line to purchase a pair of slippers.  

 What's the secret to keeping so many babies happy? The secret to keeping happy babies is  plenty of love, hugs and reassurance.


 Where did you receive your training? I first thought about the daycare field 24 years ago, I needed to work, but I did not want to place my two girls in daycare, so I decided together with my husband to open a home daycare.  I really enjoyed teaching and interacting with children so I decided to go to school for early childhood education. Although I have a significant amount of credits in ECE, I have a BA in the human service field, and graduated from Geneva College in 2009.  My career in ECE has been very rewarding.


What's your teaching philosophy? I believe that respectful and caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful Childcare experience. As a teacher of the young, I share with parents the responsibility for teaching their child and laying a solid foundation for early childcare education.

  • I believe that emotional engagement is the key to all powerful learning. That is why I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful interaction to each child.  I always look for ways to personalize learning and engage children daily.
  • I believe that rich experiences in sensory, music, and storytelling help children find personal meaning in the learning process. 
  • I believe we must choose only the finest literature, songs, poems, and rhymes to give our children, because these language models are the seeds that lay the foundation for language comprehension and cognitive development.  Quality literature supports quality comprehension instruction.  Early reading books must delight the heart and mind.
  • I believe that parents and children need to understand that books build memories and connection. Reading books every day is the best ways to establish a love for literature that promotes and connects family.
  • I believe that the early childhood education experience must nurture social-emotional skills in each child and create joyful early school memories. I want young children to be active learners, encouraging each infant to explore his/her environment. It is through their interactions with adults and planned activities that builds a positive learning experience.
  • I believe that young children deserve a multisensory environment and a program that promotes a joyful, caring community of young learners. Their lives must be valued and celebrated.

The Sochi Olympics have come to an end, but what's your favorite sport? I have several winter sports; I love ice skating, alpine skiing, and free style skiing.


Can you believe the US women's hockey team? I could not believe that they lost, so close, but so far from the gold.


Anything else you would like to share with our readers? It  has been a very rewarding experience working for Hillel. I have gained meaningful relationships with many of my co-workers, children, and families.  Working for Hillel has shown me a wonderful side of the Jewish community. The love that Hillel has for its Jewish religion and community is a perfect example of what a community is supposed to be.  

Hillel Gear Spotted Here 
Hey, Hillel Happenings readers, we all know that Hillel nation extends well beyond Squirrel Hill. So here's our chance to prove it. Send a picture of yourself in Hillel gear (uniform, t-shirt, etc.) to [email protected], and each week we'll select the best picture for inclusion in the Hillel Happenings. 

Enough with the winter break photos, here is one from an alum, Shira (Goldberg '01) Spilman sent this one in of her four and a half year old son, Yosef. In her email, Shira said, "Yosef keeping warm in his hand-me-down Hillel sweatshirt :-)"
Yosef is sporting the 1998 zipper hoody, #oldschool, #oldlogo. 

 Next photo contest: Pesach Break


Yankees and Hillel gear is not something we love to publicize, but for alumni, we will do it. 
Hillel Pop Grid is Back!


Favorite Food

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Favorite thing about Hillel/school?

Favorite Month



Ice cream

A person

That all Jewish people can come

I don't have one


Ice cream

A famous actress

Classes are short



Green eggs and ham

A human being





A lawyer

The random karaoke downstairs




An author/illustrator

My friends



Anything that tastes good

A lawyer

The teachers


Rachel L


A lawyer





A hair stylist

How everybody knows everybody

November, because that's when my birthday is


Steak and sushi

An underwater photographer

The people and after school clubs


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Nechama Rodkin - 6th Grade
Where Are They Now - Risa (Brustein) Margulies
   Benefits Comm. Manager, Sodexo

What is your current employment? I work as the Benefits Communications Manager at Sodexo.   I write all kinds of things - from print materials to emails to website text - that are meant to help Sodexo employees to understand the types of benefits they receive from the company and how the plans work.


How did you come to Hillel Academy? My family moved to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn, NY, 33 years ago when my Dad got a job at Mellon Bank.  I was in nursery school and my older brother Adam was in third grade.  At first, we rented an apartment in the Imperial House which was right across the street from Hillel and my brother and I started here right away.


What did you like best about your time at Hillel Academy? I liked being in an Orthodox Jewish environment and in a small school where everybody knew each other.  I will admit that there were times when it felt a little too small, but looking back on it, it made for some great friendships and a learning environment where there was no possible way that you were just a name to anyone.


How did Hillel Academy prepare you for your job and life? Where did you go and what did you do after you graduated from Hillel Academy (i.e. schools, colleges, grad school, military, places of employment, cities lived in)? I graduated from Hillel in 8th grade and went on to Allderdice High School.  Post high-school, I attended Michlelet Esther Seminary (z"l - it closed its doors last year) in Israel and then Stern College.  After my years in a public high school, I wanted desperately to get back to learning Torah and being in an Orthodox environment.  I think my formative years at Hillel really impressed the importance of that on me.  It definitely helped shape my desire to raise my own family in a Modern Orthodox environment.  I married my husband Moshe right after I graduated from Stern.  We spent a couple of years in Teaneck and then eight years in Chicago before moving to Silver Spring, MD four and a half years ago.  We have three children - 11 yr. old twin boys named Shai and Benny and a 7 yr. old daughter named Dalia.  They all attend the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (MJBHA).  Now that I have children of my own in Jewish day school, I love helping them with their homework and having the Hillel memories come flooding back to me.  Reviewing for a chumash test that they have coming up or reading through a Rashi together, or even davening or singing a holiday song in the same tune that I learned when I was their age.  I'm so grateful to have the skills and knowledge to relate to my children in this way. 


Which teacher(s) influenced your life and how? I will never forget my nursery school teacher Mrs. Beverly Gross or my Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Nina Butler.   I recently saw the original Muppet Movie with my daughter and was excited because I remembered when "Morah Butler" made up a song to the tune of "Rainbow Connection" which was called "Torah Connection" that we performed in Kindergarten.  I still remembered a lot of the words!  I think it was my first grade teacher, Mrs. Gail Hoffman that first discovered my talent for writing which stuck with me throughout all of my schooling and is a big part of what I do professionally. She also taught us a great little song to learn our vowel letters that I recently taught to my own first grade daughter! I also remember Mrs. Faith Milch and Mrs. Leah Milch (who we called Mrs. M to differentiate) and Mrs. Loebenstein.  I learned so much about Chumash, Navi, Halacha and just overall how

to lead an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle from all three 

of them.  I was especially grateful to Mrs. Leah Milch who continued to have a Torah class 

for those of us that went to Allderdice.  That was beyond gracious of her.  And who can forget Rabbi Brodie, Morah Chana and her mother Mrs. Dorsey!


Favorite memory of Hillel Academy?  It's hard to choose just one!  Probably some of our class trips - especially our 8th grade trip to D.C.


Optional: Any story you would like to tell about your time at Hillel Academy? This one is for my old friend Rob Itskowitz.  Who was not only one of my classmates at Hillel, but is now a proud Hillel parent!  Anyway, in third grade we did a play called "Spring has Sprung" and I got the lead part as Spring!  Rob had the part of Old Man Winter which meant he only lasted for part of the show since he had to go away so that spring could take over.  He'll tell you that it was called something else and that he had the starring role in that play, but now I've officially set the record straight!  : )

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@HillelAcademy1 Can Elias Sports Bureau confirm that the most lane violations in a basketball game was indeed Rob Itzky during Alumni game?!

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Mazel Tov
Mazel tov to Shira and Shuki Goodman on the birth of a son! 

Mazel tov to Drs. Tova and Joel Weinberg and family on the birth of a grandson and granddaughter (Has this ever happened in the HH before? The announcement of first cousins in one issue #historyinthemaking)!

 Mazel Tov Elana ('00) and Adam Dolin on the birth of a daughter!


Mazel Tov to Sharon and Danny Greenfield on the engagement of their son, Michael, to Samantha Gross, daughter of Stuart and Jody Gross of North Miami Beach, FL and to grandparents, Celia Greenfield and Eugene and Racille Light



Flashback Fridays
Can you figure this one out? Email us the names of those in the picture, and we will print your name in next week's Hillel Happenings. 
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Readers, here are the comments we revived last week, via Facebook posts about the Mesivta photo. 

Last week's photo: 
Ahh the days of MGP (for some it was even MAC - Mesivta of Allegheny County)  - Mesivta of Greater Pittsburgh.  
Share your memories with us. Either email [email protected] or post on our FB page.

Two Week's Ago Photo (because we just received another entry):

 Right to left, Alex Musicante, Ross Gusky, Ilya Udler, Jonathan Greathouse, and unknown. Who had glasses at that age?

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Hillel Announcements  
The deadline for submissions is Sunday at midnight for the coming week


Good Deeds Day and Hillel Academy - Students helping with the gently used book drive the three weeks prior.

 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly two-thirds of low-income American families do not own any books for their children. More access to books means more reading, more reading leads to better writing, spelling, grammar and overall literacy. In a joint effort, Hillel Academy, Community Day School and Repair the World Pittsburgh will be running and organizing a student-led, gently-used, book drive Feb. 18 - March 7 to provide books to those in need. On Sunday, March 9 for Good Deeds Day, volunteers will be sorting, organizing, and distributing these books to different agencies around the Pittsburgh Community.

PICTURE DAY: Picture day will be March 25 and 26, 2014!

NYC ALUMNI EVENT: March 27, 2014 at 7pm email [email protected] for more info. 
MORDY BROWN CATERING: Pizza for dinner on Monday's call the main office at 412.521.8131.
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Around Town
 The deadline for submissions is Sunday at midnight for the coming week.
 EXPO: March 9 at the Monroeville Convention Center. Reb Dan Shaw will be one of the presenters. He will speak on the topic of  "3 Ways to Get Your Elementary Schooler to Look Up From the Screen". Click here for tickets and more info
SHAARE TORAH: Chili Cook-Off 2014: You came, you ate, you voted, and you asked for more! The 2014 chili cook-off will be on March 8, 2014. Email Arielle Avishai at [email protected] for further cooking details.
BLOOD DRIVE: Shaare Torah Spring Blood Drive - Sunday, March 9, 2014 
KT CARLEBACH MINYAN: Looking for a taste of Jerusalem this side of the 'Mon? Next Shabbos M'Vorchim (Feb 28) Beginning with Mincha at 6:00, please come join Kether Torah as we bring in Shabbos with the melodious melodies of Reb Shlomo Carlebach. Ruach will be provided free of charge.
PURIM CARDS: Support JF&CS's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry during Purim by making a gift in lieu of Mishloach Manot. You can choose from a package of 6 cards consisting of 3 different designs, for $18 or select postcards for $1.25 each (a minimum order of 10 postcards is required) to share with friends and family! Your generosity ensures we will be able to continue helping the many individuals and families who, without the support of community members like you, face food-insecurity and hunger. Click here to make your donation to SHCFP and order your cards or postcards today! The last day to order cards is March 10th. 
BOYS ONEG:  Boys for grades 1-4 in the PZ social hall from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.   
GIRLS ONEG: Girls' Oneg in the PZ educational building from 3:00pm - 4:00pm for girls K-8. There is no supervision until 3:00, so any parents who bring their children to Oneg before then should please wait with them until there is an Oneg leader to accompany them to their room.  For more information and to join our email list, contact Girls Oneg at [email protected]. 
BNEI AKIVA: Snif will take place at Shaare Torah from 4pm-5pm.
Purim Party Bus- On Purim. 
Pittsburgh Chapter Shabbaton- March 8th.
MEN'S FLOOR HOCKEY LEAGUE: Tuesdays @ 10pm and Saturday night @ 9pm, both in the Hillel gym. Contact [email protected] for more information. 
WOMEN'S PICK UP BASKETBALL: Ladies Basketball is in search of some more experienced and committed players. Please contact Shayna Creeger for more information- 
MEN'S PICK UP BASKETBALL:  Wednesdays from 9pm-10:30pm in the Hillel gym








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