Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
April 11 - April 17
The semester is flying by and we have a ton going on at Hillel. Here are some highlights:

- The Jewish Film Festival continues tonight with a screening of "Oriented". More details below.

- Get your ticket to Transvisibility: An Evening With Mara Keisling tomorrow, April 12 at 7pm in Lower Salomon. See details below.

- Passover is around the corner and we're gearing up for a week of great programming. Registration for seders (FREE to students, if submitted by 5pm on Thursday, April 14) is now open. Check out seder and meal options below

- Get paid to talk about Hillel! Participating in our annual phone-a-thon gives you resume experience and helps ensure we can continue to provide great programming on campus. See more information here.

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weekThis Week's Events
Monday, April 11
6:30pm: Brown Students for Israel (BSI) Weekly Meeting (Hillel Meeting Room)
 
7pm: Jewish Film Festival Presents: Oriented (List 120)
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!

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 (Salomon 001)
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.

Moral Voices is a student led initiative, run through Brown RISD Hillel, which focuses its efforts on a different issue of universal moral importance each year. In 2015-16, we are highlighting violence against LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. We have focused primarily on violence on the national level, partnering with relevant groups and individuals in order to implement changes that will extend far beyond this year. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at: transvisibility.eventbrite.com

9pm: J Street U Brown (JSUB) Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)
 
Wednesday, April 13
The Rhode Island Blood Center will be holding a blood drive at Hillel from 11am-6pm Tuesday and Wednesday. Please consider stopping by to donate blood and doing a wonderful mitzvah (good deed) in the process!
 
6pm-10pm: Phone-a-thon (Student Leadership Room)
Hillel Phonathon is a fundraising initiative of Brown RISD Hillel - and provides critical funds for operations. Phonathon 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, and we give you an exact script so no prior experience is necessary. If you are interested in fundraising for the future of Jewish life at Brown and RISD, please sign up here.
 
7:30pm: Israelis and Palestinians in Dialogue: The Search for Mutual Understanding (Smith-Buonanno 106)
Professors Sami Adwan and Shifra Sagy will talk about their work to further understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. Sami Adwan is a Professor of Education and Teacher Training and Co-Director of PRIME, an NGO established to pursue mutual coexistence through joint Palestinian-Israeli research and outreach activities. Professor Sagy is on the faculty of Ben-Gurion University and is the Director of the Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies that trains experts in managing and resolving conflict. The title of their panel is "The Search for Mutual Understanding." 
 
Presented by the Program in Judaic Studies.
 
Thursday, April 14
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.

6pm-10pm: Phone-a-thon (Student Leadership Room)
Hillel Phonathon is a fundraising initiative of Brown RISD Hillel - and provides critical funds for operations. Phonathon 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, and we give you an exact script so no prior experience is necessary. If you are interested in fundraising for the future of Jewish life at Brown and RISD, please sign up here.
 
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.  
 
8:30pm: Brown Students for Israel (BSI) Presents: A Conversation with Rabbi Susan and Hallal Silverman (Salomon 202)
Join Brown Students for Israel to hear from Rabbi Susan Silverman and her daughter, Hallel Silverman, both Israeli-Americans with an incredible history of activism within Israel! Hallel Silverman is a woman rights activist who is also the niece of comedian Sarah Silverman. She is 21 years old and lives in Jerusalem. She was very active in Women of the Wall, even getting arrested multiple in protest of the gender inequality there. She also just finished her army service where she worked for COGAT, a small army unit responsible for facilitating communication and humanitarian aid between Israelis and Palestinians. Hallel's mother, Rabbi Susan, is a human rights activist who is currently working on helping the Sudanese refugees throughout the country. Both women, mother and daughter will share their experiences in social justice advocacy and as Americans who have immigrated to Israel. Co-sponsored by Brown RISD Hillel. See the Facebook event for more information. 
 
Friday, April 15
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!
 
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. 

 
7:30pm: Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
There are no organized services this week due to Spring Weekend events, but all are still welcome to join us for dinner. 
 
Saturday, April 16
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)

7pm: 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.
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.
 
maraTransvisibility: An Evening with Mara Keisling
This event is free and open to the public. Registration required at transvisibility.eventbrite.com

passoverPassover at Brown RISD Hillel
Registrations for all seders and meals are now open! Hillel will have seder options on both the first and second nights--
Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23 both beginning at 7pm. Registration is required for both nights - please register by April 14th at 5pm. The first night seders will be free for students if registration is received by the deadline ($18 if received late) and feature a variety of themed seders to choose from (see our website for descriptions). The second night will feature a creative, interactive seder at Hillel. We also offer meals for purchase* throughout the holiday. 


If you are a student, register for seders and meals here.
If you are a non-student (faculty, staff, community member, etc), here.

*students on the Brown Kosher Meal Plan do not need to pay for Passover meals.

Hillel Trustee Application
A Brown RISD Hillel student trustee serves on the Brown RISD Hillel Board of Trustees. The four student trustees serve as the student voice at the Board of Trustees meetings, which occur four times every year. Three of the student trustees are chosen by the Brown RISD Hillel Executive Board, and one is the Brown RISD Hillel student president. There will be three opening for the position of student trustee, which the Hillel Executive Board will fill after reading these applications. Applications are due on April 26 at 11:59pm! Apply here.

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 6-10pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday April 13, 14 and 18.  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.

Become a "Shalom Connector"
The Shalom Connection seeks to empower students to create meaningful relationships with other students at Hillel to foster a deeper sense of community and belonging. That's where you come in! As a Shalom Connector, you will be on the front lines of this effort: welcoming people as they enter the space, sitting with them at meals and getting to know them, and following up afterward, so that the connection begins to be more than a conversation. But don't worry, first you're going to hone your talking-to-new-people skills through some role plays, conversations, and learning from the experts. Being a Shalom Connector is a great way to meet new people, foster Jewish community, and even improve your people skills--shy folks are welcome! You do not have to be extroverted to be a Shalom Connector. Please email Sienna Lotenberg if you're ready to make a difference by making friends!

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
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
Hebrew Language Week


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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