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Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
February 15-21
We survived the frigid weekend and we're ready for this week's Hillel line-up! Here are some highlights:

- Hillel is hosting a Blood Drive this week, and with these cold temperatures more donations are needed than ever. Stop by on Wednesday or Thursday to do a mitzvah (good deed)!

- Curious about what it means to support a two-state solution? Let J Street U Brown help you learn more, this Wednesday night! Learn more below.   

- Registration for Birthright Summer 2016 is OPEN! Read below to learn more about how you can sign up for a trip of a lifetime!
- Your $5 gift card to Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks awaits! Just complete this short survey, which will help improve the services offered to the Brown and RISD Jewish student community. Your answers will remain confidential and your email will not be used in any way. Access the survey here.
This Week's Events 
Monday, February 15
2pm: Hebrew Conversation Hour (Commons)
Join Israelis and Hebrew speakers for Hebrew Conversation Hour! Contact Elan Cohen with questions.

6:30pm: Brown Students for Israel (BSI) Weekly Meeting (Meeting Room)
Brown Students for Israel is a pro-Israel educational group who aims to educate ourselves and the Brown community about Israel and the Middle East. Join the conversation during our weekly meetings.  

Tuesday, February 16
9pm: J Street U Brown Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)
J Street U Brown advocates and organizes for peace and security in Israel, as well as self-determination and human rights for Palestinians. Come to a weekly meeting to learn more about getting involved.
Wednesday, February 17
blood11am-6pm: Blood Drive (Social Hall) 
The Rhode Island Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Hillel from 11am-6pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Please consider stopping by to donate blood and doing a wonderful mitzvah (good deed) in the process! 
jsub6:30pm: WTF is J Street U (Salomon 203) 
An opportunity to learn about J Street U's efforts to bring about a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and to engage in discussion about what it means to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine.

Thursday, February 18
11am-6pm: Blood Drive (Social Hall)
The Rhode Island Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Hillel from 11am-6pm, Wednesday and Thursday. Please consider stopping by to donate blood and doing a wonderful mitzvah (good deed) in the process! 

4pm: Challah for Hunger Baking and Braiding (Hillel Kitchen)
Join Brown's Challah for Hunger chapter for weekly challah bakes in three shifts (baking, braiding, and packaging) featuring returning flavors and weekly specials. The challah is sold in the Blue Room on Fridays, with all proceeds going towards social justice awareness.

5pm: Tzedek Committee Interest Meeting (Beit Midrash)
We're kicking off Tzedek Committee this semester and hope you'll join us! All are welcome, email Talia with any questions.

7pm: Jewish Contemplative Students Series #1: Religious Chant with Bruce Phillips and Judy Kate (Beit Midrash)
Come learn with community members and Brown alums Judy Kaye and Bruce Phillips about the basis of chant in religious movements with an emphasis on Judaism as a first glimpse into Jewish Contemplative Studies. Food will be served. Contact Abigail for more information.

Friday, February 19
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour 
Come learn/speak arabic! Contact Elan Cohen 

11am-1pm: Challah for Hunger Sale (Blue Room)
50% of the funds raised by our delicious go the Challah for Hunger's national cause - the American Jewish World Service's Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund. The other 50% go to our chapter's local cause of choice - the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Thank you for your support!

3:15: Pre-Shabbat Yoga (Chapel) 
Usher in Shabbat with mindfulness of body and spirit. Carly's gentle yoga class is a perfect way to wind-down from the week and start Shabbat. 
Shabbat Services and Dinner
6:15pm: Havurah* (Beit Midrash), Reform** (Student Lounge) Services 
Some background on our two service options.
*Havurah  is a traditional egalitarian Carlebach-style minyan that strives to create a prayer experience full of ruach (energy), song, and meaningful connection. 
**Reform Minyan is an open, inclusive service that draws from the music and traditions of the Reform movement. We welcome participants of all backgrounds to sing, pray, and discuss.This week is a Science Shabbat service that will examine the ways Judaism and science intersect in explaining the world around and inside us. Such topics include the birth of the universe, the acts of living and dying, and the passage of time. See more service types below

7:30pm: Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
All are welcome to join us for dinner.
Saturday, February 20
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)
Free and open to all.
5pm: 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
birthrightRegistration for Birthright Summer 2016 is NOW OPEN!
Spend 10 days with the people, who know Israel best, Israelis, on a Birthright Israel: Shorashim trip. Our Summer Trip is May 30-June 10 and your spot is waiting, so don't delay! Apply now
For more info, contact Shorashim or Elan Cohen.

What Does A Jewish Woman Look Like?
Calling all artists:
Submit portraits of Jewish women to be featured in "This is What a Jewish Woman Looks Like." This art show will feature portraits of Jewish women of all media, including paintings, drawings and photographs. Submissions can be self-portraits, portraits of friends, portraits of family members, portraits of famous female Jewish leaders and celebrities, etc. You do not have to be a woman, or Jewish to submit--only the subject matter does! Through this exhibition we aim to celebrate the Jewish woman's face and challenge the often-negative cultural portrayal of Jewish femininity both by embracing the beauty of stereotypically "Jewish" features and highlighting the diversity of Jewish faces that exist in the world and our community. The deadline for submissions is March 10. Send all questions and submissions to 

reformNew Reform Minyan Service Rotation 
This week is the second week of our new rotating service plan! Through the course of the semester, the Reform Community will be rotating between five different kinds of services, all detailed below, that feature new amazing leaders and fascinating and engaging methods of gathering for prayer or discussion on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons!  Four of these service styles will be new: Musical, Contemplative, Science, and Learning. We hope that you join us every week and/or come to the weeks that you feel will be most meaningful to you, and either way, bring a friend!  If you want to know more about each service than what is included in the flyers, feel free to contact the leaders of that service listed here!
"Traditional" Reform: Hannah Liu and Rachel Leiken 
Shir L'Shabbat (Musical): AJ Whitman and Sienna Lotenberg 
Contemplative: Brian Solomon and Shira Buchsbaum 
Guest Rabbi/Learning: Claire FIshman

Fill Out Our Student Experience Survey
A $5 gift card to Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks awaits! Just complete a short survey, which will help improve the services offered to the Brown and RISD Jewish student community.  Your answers will remain confidential and your email will not be used in any way. The survey closes on February 26th, so make sure you get your voice heard before then. Access the survey here. 
Join the Shabbat Cooking Team 
Whether you're a seasoned chef or the only thing you're comfortable making in the kitchen is cereal, there's always room for more! Join us in the kitchen on Thursdays and Fridays to help cook delicious meals for any students to enjoy on Saturdays/Shabbat. You can just stop by, volunteer or become a regular. Guaranteed friendship and snacking privileges! Contact Annie with questions.  
Get Involved with Avi Schaefer Interfaith Shabbat 
The annual Avi Schaefer Interfaith Shabbat is coming up soon, February 26-27! Dinner on February 26 will feature prayers/teachings from each of the chaplains, a keynote speech by Reverend Janet Cooper Nelson, and a performance by Harmonizing Grace gospel choir. Dinner will be followed by an interfaith song and story sharing session over dessert. In addition, this year we're hoping to have even more students participate in the various components of the weekend, including potential interfaith services, text studies, and discussions on Saturday. If you are interested in being involved in or planning any of this, please fill out this survey and/or contact Rachel Leiken with any questions. 

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 Deadline for submissions is March 1st!
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 

Hillel International Student Cabinet applications are LIVE! 
We need your help in spreading the word to ensure that the cabinet is made up of a diverse group of Hillel students from around the world. Check out the application and FAQ or the post on Facebook. Contact Kayla Sokoloff with questions.

Join the Brand New Inter Religious Working Group through OCRL 
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life is pleased to share the news of and invite application for membership on Brown's first Inter-Religious Working Group (IRWG), which will provide counsel and advice to OCRL, as well as to the Diversity and Campus Life Advisory Boards. It will assess and advise proactively on matters of religion, religious identity, and spiritual practice and strive to monitor and to enhance the campus climate and resources for religious literacy, as well as religious and spiritual diversity and practice in the Brown community. Student members will serve for one year--two semesters beginning in the Spring term and may be renewed. The IRWG will meet for two sessions each term. Selection will favor applicants with experience in campus and global religious communities who are committed to interfaith dialogue, nourishing a religiously inclusive climate on campus and promoting religious literacy education. Religious identity is not a requirement. Applications may be downloaded here and must be e-mailed to Janet Cooper-Nelson or delivered in person to Suite 410 J. Walter Wilson by the end of today.

45 employers have registered for the fair (this Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 12-3pm in Sayles hall), offering jobs and internships in the Arts, Social Enterprise, Public Health, Government and International work, Organizing, Activism, Public Policy and Sustainability, Teaching, Mentoring, and Education-related work, Social Services and Community Development, and Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. You can click here to read more about the fair.

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.
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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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