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Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
January 25 - January 31
Happy 2016 everyone! RISD students, we hope Wintersession has been going well (and that you're braving this cold weather okay) and Brown students, welcome back to campus. We'd love for you all to come by the building to say hi! Here are some other events coming up this week:

- Award-winning actor Michael Douglas and Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky will be visiting three U.S. university campuses and we are one of them! See below for details about the event, happening this Thursday at 7:30pm.

- Tu B'shvat, the birthday of the trees in the Jewish calendar, began at sundown last night and we have two ways to celebrate today! Find details in "This Week's Events" about the soiree in the Hillel commons, and information about a community event hosted in our building in "Other Events".

- Fridays have been quiet over break and we're so ready to bring in Shabbat Brown RISD Hillel style with services and dinner this Friday night! See all Welcome Back Shabbat details below.

Today is our final day of our Winter Break hours - we're open until 5pm.

Starting tomorrow, spring semester hours will be in effect:
 Monday - Friday: 9am - 10pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm
This Week's Events 
tubshvatMonday, January 25
2-4pm: Tu B'shvat Soiree 
Welcome back and Chag Tu B'shvat Sameach! (Happy Tu B'Shvat). Celebrate this 'Holiday of the Trees' with some snacks in the Hillel commons.

Tuesday, January 26
12pm: Mid-Year Resource Fair (Kasper Multi-purpose Room)
Stop by the Hillel table to say hi and, of course, grab some swag. You can also check out the other great resources available on campus and beyond. If you're interested in attending the fair to talk to new students about Hillel, let Abby know.
douglasThursday, January 28
7:30pm: Jewish Journeys: A Conversation with Michael Douglas & Natan Sharansky (Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium) 
Award-winning actor Michael Douglas and historic politician and Soviet Jewry activist Natan Sharansky may not seem to have led similar lives. But both have unique stories to tell of the role faith, religious pluralism and human rights have played in their personal journeys. Join these two renowned figures as they discuss their relationships with Judaism sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel, The Genesis Prize, Hillel International and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Hear first-hand from Michael Douglas how Jews of Brown - and the way it values and celebrates diversity within the Jewish community - made an impression on much so that he decided to donate a portion of his Genesis Prize award to expand Jews of Brown to other campuses around the world via Jews of the University!

Doors open at 7:00 pm, program begins at 7:30 pm, Q&A will follow. No bags allowed. If you require special assistance, such as an ASL interpreter, please let us know. Registration required here.

Friday, January 29
shabbatWelcome Back Shabbat
Catch up with old friends and make new ones at the first Shabbat of the new semester! All are welcome to attend any or all parts of the evening.

6pm: Hors d'oeuvres and Schmoozing (Commons)

6:15pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Reform (Student Lounge) and Havurah (Beit Midrash) options

7:30pm: Community Shabbat Dinner (Social Hall)
Join us for a delicious catered meal free to students and hear from Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History, Adam Teller.

Saturday, January 30
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)
Free catered meal open to all.

4:30pm: Third Meal and Havdalah (Social Hall)
Enjoy the third meal of Shabbat before concluding with Havdalah, the weekly ceremony marking the end of Shabbat.
General Hillel Announcements
Submit to Mahberet Magazine
Mahberet Magazine, the literary magazine of Brown RISD Hillel, is looking for submissions! We publish art, poems, essays, photos, and more related to Jewish life. Did you write a great essay for your Judaic Studies class? Did you write a great poem or reflection about a Jewish holiday? Did you take an awesome photo of an event at Hillel? If so, we would love to consider your work in our first round of submissions! Submit your work by emailing it to
Language Conversation Hours
It's freezing outside and cold season is well underway. But don't worry, Hillel's Jewish Penicillin Hotline has you covered if you, a friend or a family member is sick on campus and in need of some TLC! If you're a parent, grandparent or caring adult and want to order soup for your sick student, fill out this form. If you're a student and want to order soup for a friend on campus, e-mail Allison Rosenbaum. Orders must be made by 4:00PM in order to have the soup delivered that evening. Deliveries will be made during the academic year by our student volunteers Monday through Thursday, between 5:30PM and 7:30PM.  
Food Feedback Form 
Loved your last Hillel meal? Not so much? Let us know! Hillel values your feedback! Fill out this form and tell us what sort of menus you would like us to choose in the future. 
Want to get involved in a Hillel group? Contact the Hillel Leadership!
Executive Board - President: Noah Fitzgerel | VP of Religious &Spiritual Life: Sam Hainbach | VP of Social Engagement: Dorit Rein | VP of Justice & the Arts: Alyssa Baum | VP of Community Groups: Tamara Upfal
Student Committees - First Year Students at Hillel (FYSH): Jack Glaser and Julia Kirschenbaum
Holidays: Daniel Youkilis and Sarah Lettes | Learning: Abby Skerker | Shabbat: Annie Prusky | Social: Shosh Rosenzweig | Tzedek: Talia Rueschemeyer-Bailey | Welcoming: Ben Shteinfeld and Eitan Boiarsky

Student Groups - Alef Beats: Jeremy Joachim/Christine Baltazar | Brown Students for Israel: Adam Bennett | Challah for Hunger: Kat Boorstein/Roy Chen | Hillel Gallery Project: | Hillel Initiative on Racial Awareness and Justice: Natalia Ginsburg | Holocaust Initiative at Brown University (HIBU): Jason Nadboy | Israel Cultural Committee: Dorit Rein/Tamara Upfal Jewish Athletes Group: Rosanna Lederhausen | Jewish Cooking Club: Emma Margulies/Veronica Sadler | Jews of Color: Amani Hayes-Messenger | Jews of Mixed Identity: Hannah Liu |   J Street U Brown: Sam Hainbach | Mahberet Magazine: Maxine Joselow | Moral Voices co-chairs:
NatalieCutler/RachelLevy| JewQ: | Yarmulkazi:
Other Announcements 
Celebrate Tu B'Shvat from a Mindfulness Perspective
elanJoin community Rabbis Elan Babchuck and Barry Dolinger with Nicole Jellineck for a Tu B'shvat seder of mindful eating and drinking, chant and meditation. And you don't have to go far, because we're hosting it here at Hillel!

OCRL Thursday Night Interfaith Supper Program (TNS) 
TNS dinners are a weekly gathering of students, faculty, and staff over dinner and conversation with invited speakers who discuss how the life of the spirit guides their professional and personal lives. Attendees represent the full breadth of the Brown community as well as a wide range of religious, faith, spiritual, and ethical perspectives. TNS is free and open to the community, kosher meals are available upon request and a vegetarian option is always available. E-mail Sana Parvaiz_SiddiqDiego Arene-Morley or to sign-up for the TNS listservSuppers begin at 5:30 p.m. and end by 7:00 p.m at the home of the Chaplain of the University, the Reverend Janet M. Cooper Nelson. Directions: 58 Keene Street, Providence. Walk through the Faunce Arch on Waterman Street (walking north). Go straight for 8 blocks. Turn right. The house is on the left. 

OCRL Bereavement Group
Established nearly 30 years ago, this informal gathering is for students who have suffered the loss of a loved one and are struggling with grief. Neither clinical nor religious, the group offers time with others who truly understand. Bereavement Group will meet each Monday in J. Walter Wilson, Room 411. Attend regularly or occasionally; tea and goodies will be served. Call the Office of the Chaplains at 401-863-2344 for more information.

CAPS & LETS Groups at Brown
All groups open to Brown undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
Opportunities Blog
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INTRODUCING: a specific job board directed at seniors! If you are looking for work/opportunities after graduation, like our BRH Post-Graudate Opportunities facebook page and keep checking back for more postings, we get them often!
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