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#MakeItHappen
Learning with Avital
Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel Trip
SInai Scholars Program
Shabbat this Friday!
Jewish-Christian Conversation Series
Group Study with Rabbi Josh
Ta Sh'ma: Come and Hear
Free Hagit Yaso Concert!
Cantor Concert
Awakening the Divine: Spirituality Retreat
Learn How to #MakeItHappen
#makeithappen website
Want to improve your Jewish community? Then #MakeItHappen!

Founded by Lynn Schusterman, #MakeItHappen is a site where YOU can create and share ideas for creating a Jewish experience that will make a meaningful difference in your community.

Between October and December 2013, up to 50 ideas from around the world will be selected to receive a micro grant of up to $1,000. Five ideas could receive up to $5,000.

Click here to check it out!

Learning with Avital
Weekly Discussions

Avital Levin, an OU-JLIC Educator, will host a "Dine-and-Discuss" group learning session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The session is open to learners of all backgrounds and levels, and will encourage group members to explore various topics in Judaism. Ideas, debates, questions, soapboxes... everything will be welcomed at this group learning session! You can reach Avital at (516)-880-5497.

This semester's running topic is "Relationships: Then and Now."


About Avital:
Avital graduated with a BA in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University. She has counseled adolescents in various clinical and scholastic settings. Passionate about education, Avital has taught at Machon Maayan, the OU Center in Jerusalem, Camp Yavneh, and various Hebrew Schools. She is valued for her warmth and connection with students.
Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel Trip
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If you are Jewish, aged 18-26, and haven't been on a peer trip to Israel since 8th grade, you're eligible for the trip of a lifetime!


This 10-day trip during the upcoming Winter break is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel, in other words, it's free!

Registration is open now, but the deadline is as of yet, unknown. So sign up before it's too late!

For more information, contact Adi Snir.
Sinai Scholars Program
1 semester. 8 meetings. 2 field trips. Amazing Discussion. $350 stipend.
sinai scholars

Big news! Every semester 12 of Goucher's top students will join a society dedicated to intellectual discovery and lively discussion. A society that explores the fundamental principles of Jewish faith - in fact, of human civilization - as put forth in the Ten Commandments. A society that exists at 60+ schools across the country: the Sinai Scholars Program.

The group meets for 8 classes on Monday nights. Students participate in the discussion, embark on a field trip, experience a Shabbat, and write a paper. When they're done they can meaningfully discuss Judaism's approach to such issues as faith, family, property, medical and business ethics, relationships, and much more.

Qualified students completing the course are awarded a stipend of $350 (or a free trip to Israel) and are invited to participate in follow-up leadership events both locally and nationally. 

Limited spots available.  Click here for more information and to register.
Shabbat This Friday!

Shabbat Table
Shabbat is here and with it a chance to collect ourselves and rest. Come stop by Hillel Lounge and chill with us!

This week's theme is sidekicks! Come dressed as your favorite sidekick -- superhero or not!

5 p.m. - Services in Welsh Piano Room

6 p.m. - Shabbat Dinner in Hillel
Yours & Mine
A Jewish-Christian Conversation Series
christian and jewish

Explore your own religious tradition and learn about the traditions of others in this four-part encounter with sacred texts, in an open community of Christian and Jewish students.

The conversations will take place on Tuesdays (10/29, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19) from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Pinkard Community Service and Multicultural Arts Center, Room 426 in the Athenaeum.

Participants are asked to commit to all four sessions to build trust and make deep connections.

Please email Chaplain Cynthia Terry by Wednesday, October 23 to indicate your interest in the program or to request more information.
Group Study with Rabbi Josh
 
group study
Goucher Hillel is looking to create a community speech guideline. We want to improve the way people communicate in the Hillel space so we can continue to grow as a welcoming community. 

Join Rabbi Josh on Thursdays starting October 24 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Hillel Lounge for study and discussion. 

Together we will write guidelines based on our discussions that will be shared publicly at the end of the semester.
Ta Sh'ma: Come and Hear
A Retreat for Prospective Rabbinical/Cantorial Students
 
ta sh'ma
Thinking of becoming a rabbi/cantor? Discover the vibrant, pluralistic communities of Hebrew College in Boston.  Food and housing are provided at no cost.

Come learn more about Hebrew College on Sunday, October 27, and Monday, October 28 at Hebrew College in Boston.

Register here!
Hagit Yaso Free Performance!
An Ethiopian Jewish Singer from Israel Comes to Towson!
hagit yaso
On Tuesday, October 29th rom 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Towson University Marriot Hotel Hagit Yaso will perform live.  The concert is free and transportation will be provided also for free from Goucher to the Marriot.

Hagit Yaso's parents immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in 1980. Yaso grew up in Sderot, Israel and participated in "Sderot Youth," a singing group close to her home, with her sisters. In 2011 she auditioned for Kokhav Nolad 9, the Israeli version of American Idol. Yaso won the competition at the finals in Haifa, singing "Medabrim B'Sheket" by Idan Raichal. Yaso sings in Hebrew, English, her native language Amharic, and Moroccan Arabic. She began her international tour in January 2013 and has toured in several U.S. cities.

For more information click here! The event is sponsored by Goucher and Towson Hillel.
Vocaltrition: Cantor Concert
Voices raised to nourish Israel's hungry families
vocaltrition cantor concert

Want to help others and hear some music? Come to the Kraushaar Auditorium on Sunday, November 10 to hear music and help relieve hunger in Israel.

World renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, cantors Avi Albrecht, Melvin Luterman and Emanuel Perlman, and the Maryland Symphonic Male Choir will perform. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and a VIP reception takes place at 8:45 p.m. 

All proceeds will benefit Meir Panim; committed to providing immediate and long-term relief to ALL hungry people in Israel, while preserving their dignity.

For more information call 410-504-6800 or visit www.meirpanim.org.

We need ushers! If you're willing to usher for the event, contact Susan Coleman.
Awakening the Divine
Pardes Jewish Spirituality Retreat
awakening the divine

This retreat will introduce participants to the profound depths of Jewish spirituality.

The retreat will include silence, meditation, mediation instruction, mindful speaking and group sharing, text study, and a deep celebration of Shabbat.

The retreat will run from December 24th-29th at the Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA.  Cost is $395 for students; scholarships are available!

Register here by November 1st.
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