Brown RISD Hillel Newsletter
Sivan 5774June 2014
In This Issue
By the Numbers
In the News
Support Us
Arts & Culture
Jewish Life and Learning
Tzedek (Social Justice)
By the Numbers
7...Passover seders offered at Brown RISD Hillel with over 350
735...Likes for 'Jews of Brown' Facebook page
600...Cookies donated during a Senior Week service event co-sponsored by Hillel's Cookies for a Cause
70...Students who traveled on our Taglit-Birthright Israel trips this January and June


Summer Taglit-Birthright Israel participants
In The News
Former Hillel Welcoming Chair and Engagement Intern Josh Block '14 gave an inspiring speech at Commencement as one of two student orators.

Jews of Brown seeks to "define Jewish identity through vignettes," and was featured in a front page article in the Brown Daily Herald.

The Blog Daily Herald covered the annual "Surviving the Unthinkable" panel organized for Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

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Enjoying the annual Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) BBQ
Arts and Culture
  • 'Jews of Brown' wrapped up a successful first year by expanding their Facebook page to include a physical gallery exhibit in Hillel and hiring new photojournalists for the coming year. Check out the Humans of New York-inspired page here. 
  • The Alef Beats performed with other a capella groups as part of Brown's 250th "acaversary" concert.
  • The Hillel Gallery Project hosted "Reflections" with over 50 student photos from Taglit-Birthright Israel and other Israel trips.

Courtesy of Jews of Brown 


Jewish Life and Learning
  • Our semester-long "Eat Pray Love" learning series included a sessions by Hillel Rabbi Michelle Dardashti and visiting educators, including Providence's Rabbi Barry Dolinger teaching about "Love and Law" - the developing views about same-sex relations and marriage in Judaism.
  • The Holocaust Initiative at Brown University (HIBU) and Hillel organized "Surviving the Unthinkable," an event presenting the personal testimony of a Holocaust survivor and the child of Holocaust survivors. Following the panel, an interfaith commemoration ceremony was held in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
Community Lunch participants




  • Students ate and shmoozed on a sun-drenched, blue-and-white terrace at the Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) BBQ.
  • Yom HaZikaron, or Day of Remembrance for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, is Israel's Memorial Day. The Brown RISD Hillel Community held a ceremony to commemorate the day, featuring readings by students and a video of the siren in Israel honoring the fallen.
  • Over 30 students traveled on our Birthright trip this summer, spending both Shabbat and the holiday of Shavuot in Israel. Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni have been very engaged in Jewish life on campus, with 25 attending our Birthright alumni Passover seder and 8 alumni out of 10 Engagement Interns this year. 

 Students on our winter Birthright trip

Tzedek (Social Justice)


  • Challah for Hunger increased its weekly output this semester to 48 fresh baked loaves of challah, with the group now providing challah for Hillel Friday night dinners in addition to its weekly Friday sale in the Blue Room. For the semester, Challah for Hunger donated over $1000 to American Jewish World Service and the Rhode Island Food Bank. 
  • Moral Voices co-sponsored a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Its "Race for Rwanda" on the Main Green raised over $3,500 for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda.