Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
March 21 - March 27
Celebrate Purim at Hillel this week! Here are some highlights of what's coming up:

Purim events kicked off yesterday and there are a ton of ways to engage with the Holiday over the course of this week. See below for a full schedule.

- Staying in Providence over Spring Break? Hillel is open 9am-5pm Monday through Thursday and 9am-2pm on Friday 3/25 and 4/1. There will be no Shabbat services and Dinner Friday 3/25 or 4/1 but if you are in the area and would like Shabbat plans, please e-mail Abby.

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Monday, March 21

7pm: Moral Voices with Janet Mock (CANCELED)
Unfortunately, the Moral Voices Keynote has been canceled. Please see this announcement for more information.

Tuesday, March 22
Stop by JWW and the Blue Room on March 21 - 24 to buy hamantaschen and make gift bags to fulfill the Purim mitzvot of Mishloach Manot (giving gifts to friends) and Matanot L'evyonim (giving money to the poor)! $2 to make a bag and take it with you, $3 if you would like the bag delivered. All proceeds go to Hazon, a non-profit that focuses on issues of sustainability and food justice in Judaism. See the  facebook event for more information, and spread the word!

Come join us for a pre-Purim learning session! In a text-based discussion, we will assess readings of the Megillat Esther (the Purim story's text) within which Esther is a concubine, not a queen, and have a conversation about how a glorification (in celebration) of Purim may not line up with such a reading. See the facebook event for more info.

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

Wednesday, March 23
*Erev Purim (the day of the night on which Purim begins) is a "minor fast" day. The fast begins Wednesday morning at 5:20am and ends Wednesday evening at 7:44pm. To learn more about this Megillat Esther (Fast of Esther), visit MyJewish Learning here.*

4pm-6pm: Mishloah Manot Making/Matanot Le'evyonim (Blue Room)
Stop by JWW and the Blue Room on March 21 - 24 to buy hamantaschen and make gift bags to fulfill the Purim mitzvot of Mishloach Manot (giving gifts to friends) and Matanot L'evyonim (giving money to the poor)! $2 to make a bag and take it with you, $3 if you would like the bag delivered. All proceeds go to Hazon, a non-profit that focuses on issues of sustainability and food justice in Judaism. See the  facebook event for more information, and spread the word!

7pm: Megillah Reading/Purim Palooza
Come to the Purim Palooza! We will be recounting the fascinating tale of the Jewish holiday of Purim and celebrating the holiday with activities such as a costume contest and a cappella performances! We will also premiere the new Purim video featuring Harmonic Motion, following the success of the Hannukah and Passover videos featuring the Brown University Jabberwocks. RSVP on facebook and invite your friends, you won't want to miss this party! 
 
9:30pm: Slosh and Drosh @ GCB
Come fulfill the Purim mitzvah of mishteh (revelry). All 21+ are invited to come drink and nosh (eat)! Costume = ONE FREE DRINK! Here's the facebook event.

Thursday, March 24
11am: Jewishly Inspired Meditation (JIM) (Beit Midrash)
The words mysticism or contemplative most commonly bring to mind Eastern contemplative traditions - but Judaism, too, possesses ancient and profound teaching in these realms.  Please join Rabbi Dardashti and student leader Evan Chernov for our Jewishly Inspired Meditations on Monday at 3:30-4:30pm and Thursday from 11am-12pm in the Brown RISD Hillel.  Seekers and "sitters" of all stripes, faiths, and non-faiths warmly welcomed - no prior experience necessary! 
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11am: Purim Seudah - Festive Meal
Come sit, schmooze, and enjoy brunch with the newly returned Rabbi Michelle Dardashti! Costumes are encouraged! RSVP via facebook so we can have enough food! 

2pm-5pm: Mishloah Manot Making/Matanot Le'evyonim (Blue Room)
Stop by JWW and the Blue Room on March 21 - 24 to buy hamantaschen and make gift bags to fulfill the Purim mitzvot of Mishloach Manot (giving gifts to friends) and Matanot L'evyonim (giving money to the poor)! $2 to make a bag and take it with you, $3 if you would like the bag delivered. All proceeds go to Hazon, a non-profit that focuses on issues of sustainability and food justice in Judaism. 

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.

All are welcome, email Talia with any questions.

8pm: J-MI (Jews of Mixed Identity) Weekly Meeting (Student Lounge)
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. 
generalGeneral Hillel Announcements
purimPurim Celebration Schedule!
Please join me, Cameron Neath, as I conduct an exploratory journey of religion, culture, and spirituality as a young adult in the modern world. I am looking for people from all faith backgrounds interested in joining me on a journey of knowledge and understanding.  We will be exploring Judaism, Catholicism and Islam
 through one or two weekly "adventures." Some possible example "adventures" are meeting with a religious leader, chatting with a family member about genealogy, or cooking a traditional meal. After each "adventure" we will post "field notes" on a public blog about my experiences.  You can 

graphicBe a Part of Hillel's New Graphic Design Team
Do you have design skills that you'd like to use? Are you interested in helping Hillel advertise for all our great events? We're looking for students with design experience to join the new graphics team. This committee will be responsible for creating posters for all Hillel events and will get paid to do so. Experience with and knowledge of graphic design programs is required. Interested students should     e-mail Abby Kaye-Phillips with a short paragraph describing previous design experience.

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
Onward Opportunity
Develop your professional future and build your resume this summer through a high-level internship in the field of your choice!  Each week features a day trip devoted to learning about Israeli society, from June 15 - August 10, 2016. $300 plus airfare (housing and meals provided!), apply here!

Kay Redfield Jamison will give the  Annual Seaman Lecture: The Public Disclosure of Mental Illness (A Person Experience)
Save the date for Tuesday, April 5th at 5:00 pm in Salomon 101 (The De Ciccio Family Auditorium). Reception and Book Signing to follow at 6:30 in the Lobby.

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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