Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
February 29 - March 6
The weather is warming up and there's plenty going on at Hillel:

- Hillel Initiative on Racial Awareness and Justice (HIRAJ) is starting a book club this week! Learn more below on how to get involved!

- Spend time with Rabbi Alan Flam discussing "Renewing Jewish Prayer", this Tuesday at 6pm.

- 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! Check out the open house tomorrow and 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
Monday, February 29
2pm: Hebrew Conversation Hour
Join Israelis and Hebrew speakers for Hebrew Conversation Hour. Contact Elan Cohen with questions.

6:30pm: Brown Students for Israel (BSI) Weekly Meeting (Hillel Meeting Room)

bookclub9pm: HIRAJ Book Club Meeting #1
This semester we will be reading "This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color". Contact Natalia for information on joining HIRAJ's book club. 

Tuesday, March 1
Birthright Israel
11:30am: Birthright Open House
Come talk to a birthright tour guide, alums and staff to learn all about the Brown RISD birthright trip! Food and swag will be provided. Check out the Facebook event for more info.

6pm: Jewish Contemplative Studies with Rabbi Alan Flam
Learn with us as Rabbi Alan Flam leads a contemplative learning session on Renewing Jewish Prayer. Food will be served!

9pm: J Street U Brown (JSUB) Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)

Thursday, March 3
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.

8pm: J-MI (Jews of Mixed Identity) Weekly Meeting
If you consider yourself to be a Jew and... (multiracial, from an interfaith household, or anything else!), then this is a group for you!  We will be holding weekly Thursday night discussions to plan events to talk about how these other identities inform our Judaism and how being a 'Jew of mixed identity' informs our lives.  If you are interested in participating in or facilitating discussion, planning events, and chatting with other people who have similar life experiences as you, come check out a meeting. E-mail Hannah for more information. 

Friday, March 4
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!

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. 

Shabbat Services and Dinner
During dinner, Samir Yitzhak Gadre will speak about his experience as an Indian Jew and some history of the Indian-Jewish community. We will also feature a collection of Samir's personal family photographs as well as photos from Jonathan Yakubov's trip to visit a Jewish community in India. Dinner will be mock Indian cuisine - all are welcome to join us.

6:15pm: Havurah* (Beit Midrash), Reform** (Student Lounge) Services 
Some background on our two service options.
*Havurah Services: Based on the Hebrew word for "friend," Havurah 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, Havurah is pluralistic and open to everyone. This service focuses on creating a room full of ruach, meaning spirit or energy. Please feel free to join us in the Beit Midrash (Study Room) on the second floor. Sit on chairs or comfy cushions; whatever makes you comfortable! 

**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 Shir L'Shabbat service which is a melodic and joyful service in the dynamic musical tradition of today's Reform movement.  We use guitar and, most importantly, our voices to welcome Shabbat in an engaging musical journey toward personal and communal comfort, meaning, and fulfillment. Express your spirit through your song!

7:30pm: Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
All are welcome to join us for dinner.

Saturday, March 5
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch
bagel and lox

5pm: 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, March 6
11:30am: Bring a Buddy Bagel Brunch
Bring a Buddy Bagel Brunch! Stop by Hillel to hang out, have a bagel, and meet some new friends. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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.

Save the Date! Keynote Moral Voices with Janet Mock, March 21st
Join Moral Voices for a very special keynote event, featuring TV host, New York Times bestselling author and nationally known advocate for trans women's rights Janet Mock. Janet will share her raw and honest experiences growing up young, multiracial, poor and trans in America. Her book, "Redefining Realness", published last year is "is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another-and of ourselves-showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real." Her memorable talk will be followed by a book signing.

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
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
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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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