Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
April 4 - April 12
Welcome back to campus! Check out what's going on at Hillel:

- Join Ali Abu Awwad and Hanan Schlesinger on Thursday night to learn more about their work creating an open dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Learn more below.

- Ilana Kaufman joins us for a Scholar is Residence Shabbat this weekend through Moral Voices and the Hillel Initiative on Racial Awareness and Justice (HIRAJ). Click here for more details about her Friday night talk and Saturday afternoon session.

- You can get paid to talk about how much you love Hillel! Find out how here.

- The Jewish Film Festival starts this Saturday night and continues next Monday night. More details below.

- Plus, catch a special free Sunday matinee at the Avon of "The Consul of Bordeaux" and learn the amazing true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

- Save the Date: Transvisibility: An Evening With Mara Keisling will take place next Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm in Lower Salomon. See details below.

- Passover is only two-and-a-half weeks away and we're gearing up for a week of great programming. Registration for seders (FREE to students, if submitted by Thursday, April 14) will be opening soon. Stay tuned to our website for information on seder options and meals throughout the holiday. 

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weekThis Week's Events
Tuesday, April 5
bookclub7pm: HIRAJ (Hillel Initiative on Racial Awareness and Justice) Book Club Meeting #2 (Student Lounge)
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. 

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

Thursday, April 7
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! 

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.

dialogue7:30pm: Israelis and Palestinians in Dialogue: Seeing the Humanity in Your Enemy
Hanan Schlesinger and Ali Abu Awwad, Israeli and Palestinian residents of the West Bank, will discuss their work in an organization called Roots/Shorashim/Judur, a project dedicated to dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis for the purpose of understanding, nonviolence, and transformation. The title of the panel is "Seeing the Humanity in Your Enemy." Presented by the Program in Judaic Studies. See the Facebook event for more information.

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. 

Friday, April 8
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour (Hillel Commons)
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!

phone12pm: Phone-a-thon Info Session/Lunch (Student Lounge)
It's phoneathon time at Hillel, and we need your help! This biannual campaign is a chance for students to share their love for Hillel and Jewish life on campus with the people who make it possible. There are many misconceptions about what phoneathons are and are not, so we're holding a Phoneathon Info Session over free lunch! Hosted by Abby K-P, you'll learn what this is, why we do it, and how you can get paid to be involved. Please RSVP here so that we have an accurate headcount for food. Spread the Facebook event!

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. 

mvshabbat6:15pm: Moral Voices Shabbat Services and Dinner featuring Scholar in Residence Ilana Kaufman
*Background on 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. We invite you to join us in the Student Lounge at Hillel to check it out. 

**Background on 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! 

7:30pm: Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
All are welcome to join us for dinner. This Shabbat we welcome Ilana Kaufman, who will speak during dinner about "Building our Jewish Communal Capacity to Advance Justice". There will be a follow up session with Ilana on Saturday titled, "Navigating our Intersectionality to Advance Justice" at 1:30 in JWW 411. 

Ilana Kaufman is Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay, for the San Francisco, CA-based Jewish Community Relations Council. As a strategic designer, planner and problem solver, Ilana is regularly engaged by regional and national Jewish federations, community relations organizations, philanthropic entities and community service providers. She has been featured in the Jewish Times of America, and has published articles the Forward and, eJewish Philanthropy. A nationally regarded thought leader on the importance of grappling with race and racism in the Jewish community, Ilana was featured in the series "ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas" in 2015 and was recognized by both the Jewish Multiracial Network and the New York Public Library Blog Celebrating African American Jews for Black History Month in 2016. See the Facebook event for more information.

Saturday, April 9
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)

1:30pm: Intersectionality Workshop with Ilana Kaufman (JWW 411)
"Navigating Our Intersectionality to Advance Justice" Ilana Kaufman is Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay, for the San Francisco, CA-based Jewish Community Relations Council. As a strategic designer, planner and problem solver, Ilana is regularly engaged by regional and national Jewish federations, community relations organizations, philanthropic entities and community service providers. She has been featured in the Jewish Times of America, and has published articles the Forward and, eJewish Philanthropy. A nationally regarded thought leader on the importance of grappling with race and racism in the Jewish community, Ilana was featured in the series "ELI Talks: Inspired Jewish Ideas" in 2015 and was recognized by both the Jewish Multiracial Network and the New York Public Library Blog Celebrating African American Jews for Black History Month in 2016. Brought to you by Moral Voices, Hillel Initiative on Racial Awareness and Justice and the Office of the Chaplains. Find the Facebook event here.

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.

8:15pm: Jewish Film Festival
Join us for the 2016 Jewish Film Festival! Through the festival we hope to utilize cinema to spark a unique discussion about Jewish life and identity. The films focus on LBGTQIA issues in the Jewish community and in Israeli and Palestinian culture; they expose different viewpoints on the ways these issues are evolving within Judaism and highlight important struggles of the LBGTQIA Jewish community. See the full poster here, and the Facebook event for 4/9 here.

Saturday, 4/9 we will be screening two films: Shabbat Dinner (8:15pm) - A short film in which a Jewish teen unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit when a dinner guest confides that he's gay. It is directed by Brown alum Michael Morgenstern. Melting Away (8:30pm) - The first feature film in the history of Israeli cinema to focus on transgender issues, this film follows the story of a Jewish family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child's "secret" identity and kick him out of the house. 

Co-sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel's Engagement Internship, Moral Voices, RISD Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, RISD Liberal Arts Office, RISD Provost's Office, RISD Queer Student Association, Program in Judaic Studies, Brown University, Modern Culture and Media at Brown, Office of the Dean of the College at Brown, J Street U Brown, JewQ, and Brown Students for Israel.

Sunday, April 10
consul11am: "The Consul of Bordeaux" - Special Matinee 
(Avon Cinema - 260 Thayer Street)
Directed by Joćo Correa and Francisco Manso (Portugal, 2011), The Consul of Bordeaux is based on the true story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved 30,000 people from Nazi persecution by issuing visas for safe passage to Portugal during WWII, defying the direct orders of his government. 

In Portuguese with English subtitles; Running time: 90 minutes.

Doors open at 10:30 AM; General admission - $8.50; Free with Brown ID.

Co-sponsored by the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department, the Holocaust Initiative at Brown University, and Brown RISD Hillel. Facebook event here.

2pm-5pm: Hillel Phone-a-thon (Student Louge)
Play an integral role in helping Brown RISD Hillel achieve its mission. Information about the phone-a-thon can be found belowIf you are interested in fundraising for the future of Jewish life at Brown and RISD, sign up here.

Monday, April 11
3:30pm: 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 at Brown RISD Hillel.  Seekers and "sitters" of all stripes, faiths, and non-faiths warmly welcomed - no prior experience necessary! 

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

7pm: Jewish Film Festival Presents: Oriented (Metcalf Auditorium) 
Join us for day two of the 2016 Jewish Film Festival! On Monday, 4/11 we will be having an Advanced Screening of Oriented, a feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. After the screening, stay for a Skype interview with the film's director! Watch the trailer here. Check out the full festival schedule here, and the Facebook event for 4/11 here.

Co-sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel's Engagement Internship, Moral Voices, RISD Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, RISD Liberal Arts Office, RISD Provost's Office, RISD Queer Student Association, Program in Judaic Studies, Brown University, Modern Culture and Media at Brown, Office of the Dean of the College at Brown, J Street U Brown, JewQ, and Brown Students for Israel.

Tuesday, April 12
7pm: Transvisibility: an Evening with Mara Keisling
Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation's leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

This event is brought to you by Moral Voices and co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, BWell Health Promotion, Spectrum, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Chaplains, RISD's Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, and Brown RISD Hillel.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Registration is required here.
generalGeneral Hillel Announcements
Jewish Film Festival 2016
jffThrough the festival we hope to utilize cinema to spark a unique discussion about Jewish life and identity. The films focus on LBGTQIA issues in the Jewish community and in Israeli and Palestinian culture; they expose different viewpoints on the ways these issues are evolving within Judaism and highlight important struggles of the LBGTQIA Jewish community.
 
maraSave the Date - Transvisibility: An Evening with Mara Keisling
This event is free and open to the public. Registration required at transvisibility.eventbrite.com 
 
phone2Help Hillel and Earn Money in the Process
Hillel Phone-a-thon is a fundraising initiative of Brown RISD Hillel - and provides critical funds for operations. Our Spring Phone-a-thon will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday, April 10 and 6-10pm on Wednesday and Thursday, April 13 and 14.  Phone-a-thon provides exceptional opportunities for students to gain professional, leadership and presentation skills. As a Student Caller, you play an integral role in helping Brown RISD Hillel achieve its mission. Student Callers reach out to alumni, parents and general supporters of our organization to raise money over the phone for our incredible programs such as our Shabbat dinners, holiday celebrations, Israel events and so much more. 

Details:
  • Shifts are a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Callers can earn from $10-$14 per hour, depending upon the number of shifts worked.
  • Great snacks are provided.
  • Anyone who can speak about a positive experience they've had with the Brown RISD Hillel community is eligible to be a student caller!
  • Attendance at a brief training session is required prior to working your first shift.
If you are interested in fundraising for the future of Jewish life at Brown and RISD, please sign up here.
 
reformReform Minyan Service Rotation 
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
Leading a Mindful Passover Seder
Join the Thrive community for a hands-on evening focusing on ways to deepen, enliven, and illuminate your Passover seder! Whether you're planning to host, attend, or simply eat a piece of matzah and reflect on your own, this program has something for you. We'll share innovative and engaging activities, texts, and experiences to practice together and then introduce into your own seder, all with an eye towards mindfulness and uplift! This event is free for students.


Design Workshop
Book Signing

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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