Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
February 22 - February 28
HCN has a new look but the same great content! Brown may be closed today and tomorrow but Hillel is open and there's plenty going on. Here are some highlights:

- Join Moral Voices this Thursday for a conversation with Dr. Anthony Petro titled, "AIDS, Sexuality and American Religion". Learn more below!

- Our Annual Interfaith Shabbat in honor of Avi Schaefer is this Friday and Saturday and we hope you'll join us for the various events throughout the weekend. Find details below.

- Hillel is looking for new student coordinators for our Hillel Gallery. A description and information about how to apply can be found here.

- Registration for Birthright Summer 2016 is OPEN! Read below to learn more about how you can sign up for a trip of a lifetime!

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weekThis Week's Events
Tuesday, February 23
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.

Thursday, February 25
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.

We're kicking off Tzedek Committee this semester and hope you'll join us! All are welcome, email Talia with any questions.

moralvoices7:30pm: "AIDS, Sexuality and American Religion" - A Moral Voices Conversation with Dr. Anthony Petro (Petteruti Lounge)
"Is AIDS a judgment from God?" - the Reverend Billy Graham, often lauded as "America's Pastor" owing to his popularity in the late 20th century, asked this question to a crowd in Columbus, Ohio. "I could not say for sure," he answered, "but I think so." This talk looks at the role of religious figures in the early history of the AIDS crisis in the United States. While some leaders of the Christian Right pronounced AIDS as God's punishment for a nation that increasingly tolerated homosexuality, others called for care and compassion or even joined the front lines of AIDS relief work and activism. Major Christian leaders and organizations offered new moral visions - ranging from Protestant to Catholic, progressive to conservative - for AIDS education, as they brought Christian discussions of sexual morality, including homosexuality, into the national spotlight. AIDS sparked the creation of this moral rhetoric and quickened efforts to advance a larger agenda to promote abstinence and monogamy, a legacy glimpsed as much in the traction gained by abstinence education campaigns as in national conversations surrounding gay marriage. 

Professor Anthony Petro is Assistant Professor of Modern Christianity in Boston University's Department of Religion and Program in Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and is the author of After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion (Oxford). 

Co-sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel, Brown School of Public Health, Office of Chaplains and Religious Life, Department of Religious Studies, Department of History, RISD Office of Intercultural Engagement, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Learn more here.  

Friday, February 26
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour 
Come learn/speak Arabic! Contact Elan Cohen with questions.

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!

3pm: Cookies & Community (Hillel Kitchen)
What's sweeter than homemade cookies? Homemade cookies for the community! Come take a break from dorm life while helping out a local men's shelter and participate in a Cookies & Community bake. All ingredients (and snacks) are provided, so just bring yourself and a friend! Our next bake is this Friday, 2/26 at 3pm; email cookies@brownrisdhillel.org to get updates about bake times and locations.

3:15pm: 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. 

aviAvi Shcaefer Interfaith Shabbat Services and Dinner
Please join us for this annual program which honors the memory of Avi Schaefer '13 z"l, who was passionate about interfaith and cross-cultural understanding. The evening offers an opportunity for substantive interfaith dialogue, including words from Brown Chaplain Janet Cooper Nelson and a performance by the Harmonizing Grace choir. Avi Shabbat is a collaboration between Brown RISD Hillel, the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, the Religious Literacy Project and Thursday Night Supper. Check out the Facebook event and invite your friends.  

6:15pm: Havurah* (Beit Midrash), Reform** (Student Lounge) Services 
Some background on our two service options.
*Reform Services: The Reform service at Brown RISD Hillel is held in the tradition of Reform Judaism, which values diversity of participants and beliefs, and emphasizes exploring and reinterpreting Jewish texts. The Reform service at Brown is a relaxed, open atmosphere with a focus on learning prayers, songs, and more related to Jewish thought and practice. 
**Havurah Services: Based on the Hebrew word "friend" 
Chavurah service at Brown RISD Hillel is a moving, melodic way to welcome the Sabbath. Though our liturgy follows the Conservative movement and our tunes are usually Carlebach, Chavurah is pluralistic and open to everyone. This service focuses on creating a room full of ruach, meaning spirit or energy. 
7:30pm: Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
All are welcome to join us for dinner, during which we will hear from Harmonizing Grace gospel choir, and Rev. Janet Cooper-Nelson.

9:00pm: Tisch
Join us for a special tisch (literally meaning "table") where we will share different stories and songs from our faith traditions over dessert. All are welcome.

Saturday, February 27
10:30am: Interfaith Service and Text Study: A multifaith morning service filled with song, prayer, and discussion.

12:30pm: Lunch featuring a discussion hosted by Jews of Mixed Identity (J-MI)
A student cooked meal that is free and open to all. The lunch conversation, facilitated by Jews of Mixed Identity group will discuss how our religious and non-religious identities intersect with all areas of our lives, and how they work alongside and in relation to other identities we hold.

1:30pm: Interrogating Interfaith: Race, Religion, and Justice in Interfaith Dialogue
Join the Hillel Initiative for Racial Awareness and Justice (HIRAJ) to discuss the concepts of "interfaith" and "religion," focusing on where these terms come from and what they leave out.

5:45pm: Third Meal and Havdalah (Social Hall)
Enjoy the third meal of Shabbat before concluding with Havdalah, the short weekly musical ceremony marking the end of Shabbat.

Sunday, February 28
2pm: Leapin' Latkes w/ Jewish Cooking Club 
Do you like latkes? Wish it was Hanukah again? Leap back in time with the Jewish Cooking Club! We will be making latkes and applesauce in the Hillel kitchen for an afternoon filled with flavor and fun. All are welcome. Facebook event located here.

8pm: Netflix and Chillel
Who's ready to Netflix and Chillel?? Bring your friends, your significant other or someone you'd like to cuddle up with. Enjoy a Netflix movie at Hillel with an ample amount of snacks and snuggles! Share the Facebook event with your friends and relax after a crazy week.

generalGeneral 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 
HEREFor more info, contact Shorashim or Elan Cohen.

gallerySeeking Hillel Gallery Student Coordinators
Brown RISD Hillel is looking for two student curators to oversee the Hillel Gallery Project, working closely with Hillel staff to envision, plan, and execute the calendar of exhibits for the year. The Hillel Gallery Project is a platform for visual representation reflecting themes related to Judaism, social justice, and Jewish identity more broadly. The co-chairs of the gallery will meet regularly with the Hillel staff gallery liaison and will coordinate with the Hillel gallery installer to install and take down exhibits. The co-chairs will be the primary contact for artists both on and off College Hill who are looking to have their works displayed in the gallery and they will be responsible for advertising gallery exhibits to the Brown, RISD, and Providence communities. 

The anticipated volunteer commitment is two to four hours per week. Some weeks will require more time (e.g. if an exhibit is being installed), some less. Connections into the Brown and RISD artistic community are a plus but not a requirement. Interested students should send a paragraph describing their interest to info@brownrisdhillel.org by March 4, 2016.

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 artexhibit@brownrisdhillel.org

reformNew Reform Minyan Service Rotation 
This week is the fourth 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 
Science: Eliott Rosenberg and Jason Nadboy 
Guest Rabbi/Learning: Claire FIshman

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! E-mail Sienna with 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 mahberet@brownrisdhillel.org. Deadline for submissions is March 1st!

Jewish Penicillin Hotline Up and Ready to Deliver Soup to Sick Students 
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.  

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: gallery@brownrisdhillel.org | 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: Natalie Cutler/Rachel Levy | Jew Q: jewq@brownrisdhillel.org
Yarmulkazi: Klezmer.Brown@gmail.com

OtherOther 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.

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 thursdaynightinterfaith@gmail.com to sign-up for the TNS listserv. Suppers 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.

OpportunitiesOpportunities Blog
Be sure to follow us on Tumblr at http://brownrisdhillel.tumblr.com for all the latest updates! We'll post job and internship listings, as well as opportunities for volunteer work, travel, and study abroad!

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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