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AVODAH: Jewish Service Corps
The application for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is still 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.
Click here to apply today!
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Take this Survey and You Could Win Money!

Call for Jewish students to participate in a new demographic survey: If you consider yourself Jewish in any way, by religion, culture, parentage, make your voice heard!

It only takes 15 minutes and you could win a $100 prize! Click here now!
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Hazon Opportunities: Adamah and Teva
Adamah is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish young adults in their twenties and early thirties that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, community building, and contemplative spiritual practice. Adamah is located in the Berkshire Mountains, where fellows live immersed in the magnificence of the natural world. There are spots in both the summer and fall cohorts still open. We encourage students to visit the Adamah website for more details and to apply.
Become a Teva educator. Working at Teva is a rewarding way to impart Jewish environmental wisdom as an experiential outdoor educator at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Each fall, a team of 10-14 educators teaches in Teva's flagship Shomrei Adamah program. Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth) is an immersive four-day experience for 5th and 6th grade students in Jewish day schools throughout the Northeast. To learn more about the lifestyle and work of being a Teva educator, and to apply, visit the Teva website.
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New Judaic Studies Course: Jewish Humor in Theory and Practice

Why are Jewish so funny? And what is the nature and meaning of Jewish humor?

This course will attempt to answer these questions by considering Jewish humor in the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. We will look at Jewish humor in the shetls of nineteenth century Eastern Europe and the "Yiddishization" of popular humor in twentieth century America, considering the work of such comedians as Sholem Aleichem, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Philip Roth, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, and many others.

We will also study crtiical and historical analyses of "Jewish humor," reading the works of historians, sociologists, and psychologists. How is it related to the Jewish historical experience? How has humor served as a coping mechanism to sustain the Jews during times of suffering and oppression? How does Jewish comedy relate to the stigmatization of Jewishness?

Be on the lookout for this course (JS 225) from the Judaic Studies Department during the upcoming course registration!
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Project TEN

Interested in volunteering in Israel/India/Mexico/Ethiopia during the summer for a very LOW cost?

Check out Ten Program by clicking here!
monday meets up with adi
Monday Meets Up with Adi
Come meet up, bring a friend, and become familiar with current affairs over a delicious cup of meets*.
We will meet every Monday from 5-6 p.m. in Hillel to discuss a new topic.
The dates of the sessions are:
April 21st
April 28th
Every week we will discuss a new topic led by a different student each time.
*Meets is the Hebrew word for juice.
conservative yeshiva summer program
Conservative Yeshiva Summer Learning Program
Join students from around the world in Jerusalem this summer!
Summer session I: June 22-July 10
Summer session II: July 13-July 31
The Conservative Yeshiva Summer Learning Program offers a range of options, including intensive Hebrew Ulpan and volunteer & study.

For more information, email yeshiva@uscj.org.
Learning with Avital
Avital Levin, an OU-JLIC Educator, will host a "Dine-and-Discuss" group learning session from
1-2 p.m. every Tuesday.
Lunch will be from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m., Avital will be available for individual appointments.
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!
This semester we will have weekly lessons from Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers.
Click here for Avital's bio.
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Israel Government Fellows Program
Endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister, the Israel Government Fellows Program offers its Fellows a unique opportunity for professional and personal development with a 10-month placement within the Israeli government or a leading Israeli think tank.

Fellows will be assigned a mentor and benefit from an intensive Hebrew course and educational program exploring the complex issues of Israeli society today.

Click here for a short informational film on the program and go to www.igf.org.il/ for other information.
April 17th, 2014
Goucher Hillel Newsletter

Though the semester is quickly getting busy with finals looming, take a look at what Hillel is up this week and join us for some fun!
bone marrow drive
Bone Marrow Drive THIS Friday 

Hillel's Tzedek (Social Justice) Committee is partnering with Gophers Against Cancer, the Rotaract Club, and the Health Center to help students and faculty of Goucher sign up for the international bone marrow registry.
According to the Delete Blood Cancer Foundation (DBCF), blood cancer kills more people under the age of 20 than any other disease in the U.S. 

If you are between the ages of 18 and 55, are at least 4'10", weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health, then register on April 18th between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a potential bone marrow donor. It will only take a few minutes out of your day to sign up, swab your cheek, and be entered into the diverse registry of DCBF.
Shabbat Table
Shabbat this Friday!
Shabbat is here and with it a chance to collect ourselves and rest. Come stop by the Hillel Lounge and chill with us!
This week: Multi-faith Shabbat! Come learn from you friends about varied religions and cultures! RSVP to Facebook. This Shabbat is in memory of Avi Schaefer.
5 p.m. - Services in Welsh Piano Room
6 p.m. - Shabbat Dinner in Hillel Lounge

Upcoming Shabbat Info:
-Next week, April 25th, Hillel will host alum Rabbinic Fellow Laynie Soloman for Friday evening and Saturday morning services.
-May 2nd is Shabbat Across Towson. Click here for more info!
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Learn Yiddish this Summer!
What: the Yiddish Farm Summer Program
Good food. Good people. Beautiful scenery. An incredible learning experience.
When: June 16th-August 8th
For more information, email info@yiddishfarm.org.
Yiddish fluency in 8 weeks!
For the first two weeks of the Yiddish Farm Summer Program, students learn Yiddish for up to ten hours a day. For the remaining six weeks, students are fully immersed in Yiddish as they split their time between working the land, making friends, reading Yiddish literature, studying Jewish history, learning Torah, acting, cooking, and weaving.
Challah Sales Again!
Hillel's Social Justice Committee (Tzedek) is selling challah again!

Celebrate the end of Passover by purchasing delicious leavened bread on Wednesday, April 23rd from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Pearlstone.

Only $3 for plain, chocolate, or cranberry flavored challah. We'll accept Gopher Bucks and cash.

Proceeds are going to the art event with Earl's Place residents on May 1st.
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4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions
Gather with Hillel on Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum! A group of rabbis will gather to discuss the topics of intermarriage and the changing Jewish family.
The rabbis include:
Josh Snyder of Goucher College (Reconstructionist)
Daniel Burg of Beth Am Synagogue (Conservative)
Jessy Gross of Charm City Tribe (Reform)
Etan Mintz of B'nai Israel (Orthodox)
The discussion will be moderated by Evan Serpick, editor-in-chief of the Baltimore City Paper. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join in on the conversation!
If there are any questions or comments, please contact Rimma Cohen at ricoh001@mail.goucher.edu.
Pita Making in Hillel
Want to learn how to make pita?
Stop by the Hillel Lounge on Thursday, April 24th starting at 6 p.m. for a demonstration of how to make pita.
We'll make it, cook it, and eat with falafel and hummus!
For more information, contact Yael Ben-Chaim.
hillel space redesign
Give Your Opinion on the New Hillel Space! 
Do you want to make your voice heard about space design at Goucher?
Goucher Hillel is redesigning its lounge to open it for more student use, and wants your input!
Bring your lunch to the Hillel Lounge/Kosher Dining Hall on Friday April 25th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Come hear about plans and give your opinion on color schemes, furniture, and amenities you want to see! 
Questions? Email hillel@goucher.edu
let's talk israel and palestine
Let's Talk Israel & Palestine: A Community Teach-In Series

Israel, Palestine, and the issues generated between them have become a charged discussion on many campuses. High emotional investment, loaded terms, and a complex and changing situation make these very difficult issues to talk about.

This teach-in series aims to help community members build a skill set, understanding, and sensitivity to engage in civil discourse about these topics, and thus to influence the campus conversation around Israel and Palestine toward productive dialogue. 

Each session will build on the previous one, unpacking vocabulary, and framing key current issues.

The sessions will take place in the Batza Room in the Athenaeum and the remaining date is:

Monday, April 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. - Bringing it Home: Talking to One Another
repair the world fellowship
Repair the World Fellowship

The Repair the World Fellowship is a 10-month opportunity for young adults, ages 21 to 26, who are excited about mobilizing the Jewish community toward meaningful volunteer projects. Fellows will recruit, train, and serve alongside volunteers to bring about real community change around a range of issues, including education, poverty, refugee resettlement, environmental sustainability, hunger, and more. The Fellowship takes place in four of the most dynamic post-industrial cities in the US: Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

Ideal Fellows are passionate, creative, and entrepreneurial, and are committed to making a positive impact on the world and to inspiring local Jewish volunteerism.

The Fellowship offers intensive training, housing, health insurance, travel reimbursement, and a monthly stipend, among other perks. Here are some links with much more information about the Fellowship and application timeline:

-Learn more and apply - Spots are filling up! We review applications on a rolling basis, and the deadline to apply is May 1st.

Additionally, check out our Fellowship cities on Facebook: Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
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Steinhardt-Israel Institute Interns Program
The Israel Institute will match young scholars with top Israeli think-tanks and research institutions for the period of one year. At the commencement of this period, interns will convene for a one-day intensive workshop in Israel. During the course of their year in Israel, interns will have two additional enrichment days, or yemei iyyun. These enrichment days will allow interns to interact with a broad community of scholars and policy practitioners while assessing the lessons they have already learned during their internships.
The program provides each intern with a stipend of $2,000 per month for twelve consecutive months. In addition, the Israel Institute covers airfare expenses for travel to and from Israel.
Following the conclusion of the program, the intern cohort will be expected to become integral parts of the Israel Institute's alumni network, attending Institute sponsored events, submitting essays for Institute publications, participating in ongoing programming and mentoring future interns.
The Steinhardt-Israel Institute Interns program is open to college students or graduates from the classes of 2012, 2013, or 2014. Explicit preference will be given to Birthright Israel alumni. Applicants must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their college major. Applicants will also have established a record of leadership potential as evidenced by the activities and roles that they have undertaken in relation to Israel during their college year.
To apply for Fall 2014-Fall 2015, submit the following documents to applications@israelinstitute.org by May 1, 2014:
1.  A resume
2.  College transcripts from all schools attended
3.  A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
4. A 2-page, double-spaced statement of purpose that specifies issue areas you are interested in exploring during the internship and explains what you believe you will gain from the internship experience.

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