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Learning with Avital
Building Singing Communities
Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel Trip
Shabbat this Friday!
Jewish-Christian Conversation Series
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Cantor Concert
Hearbeat: Israeli & Palestinian Youth Musicians
Group Study with Rabbi Josh
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.
Building Singing Communities
Joey Weisenberg in Baltimore November 1-2
beth am Cherishing the imperfectly beautiful music of normal people singing together, Joey Weisenberg works with communities to unlock their musical and spiritual potential.

Joey will be leading workshops and Shabbat services this weekend as musician-in-residence at Beth Am, a conservative synagogue in Baltimore.

If you'd like help arranging transportation or lodging, contact Yona today! Also click here for more information.
Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel Trip
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 closes Thursday, October 31 at 9 a.m. Today is the last day to sign up, so do it before it's too late!

For more information, contact Adi Snir.
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!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! Come enjoy Shabbat this week with a circus theme!

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 starting November 12  from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Pinkard Community Service and Multicultural Arts Center, Room 426 in the Athenaeum.  This semester the program will be only one or two sessions.

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

Please email Chaplain Cynthia Terry by Friday, November 1 to indicate your interest in the program or to request more information.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
Volunteer Service Opportunity  

The application for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is now open!

AVODAH helps young adults combat domestic poverty through a year-long service program, which combines full-time work at non-profit agencies with pluralistic communal Jewish learning and living.

The next conference call for prospective applicants is on Sunday, November 10th at 5 p.m. EST.

Our application deadline is February 10th, 2014.

Click here to apply today!
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.
Heartbeat: Israeli & Palestinian Youth Musicians
Concert Performance and story-sharing workshop
heartbeat music

On Sunday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m. Heartbeat musicians will perform in the Hyman Forum in the Athenaeum.

The concert will be followed by refreshments and a reception with the artists.

Heartbeat creates opportunities and spaces for young Israeli and Palestinian musicians to work together, hear each other, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.
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.
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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