Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
April 19 - April 25
Passover begins Friday night at sundown and Hillel has you covered. Here are some highlights: 

- Passover starts this Friday and we have a great week of programming planned. Early bird registration has closed but there is still time to sign up for seders and meals. Find more information below

- Get your final fill of Hametz (bread products) and chow down with us Wednesday night in the Hillel Commons. More details here.

- Join us Thursday night for the Thread in the Tapestry Gallery Opening.  The photographs in this exhibit represent a variety of perspectives from a shared experience, a Birthright Israel trip through Brown RISD Hillel, one group in summer 2015 and one in winter 2016. 

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weekThis Week's Events
Tuesday, April 19
Dr. Paul Scham, Executive Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, will come to speak about competing perspectives on the war in 1948 and its results.

9pm: J Street U Brown (JSUB) Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)
 
Wednesday, April 20
4pm: 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! 

hametz6:30pm: Hametz Fest (Commons)
Passover is coming!!! Come to Hillel on Wednesday night to celebrate by eating as much Hametz (wheat and bread products prohibited throughout Passover) as you can before the Holiday begins! Cake, cookies, waffles, FOOD GAMES and much more!! In between stuffing your face, do a mitzvah (a good deed) and get your cheek swabbed to add to the national bone marrow donor registry. It is a quick and painless way to do good. Here's the Facebook event, spread the word!



Thursday, April 21  
9:30am: ADOCH Hillel Open House & Brunch (Commons)
Stop by Hillel to meet prospective students and their families and talk to them about Jewish life on campus. What better way for them to get a feel for Brown then to meet living, breathing students!

We're kicking off Tzedek Committee this semester and hope you'll join us! All are welcome, email Talia with any questions.
 
gallery7pm: Thread in the Tapestry Gallery Opening (Social Hall)
The photographs in this exhibit represent a variety of perspectives from a shared experience. We all traveled to Israel through Birthright Israel on a trip for Brown and RISD, one group in summer 2015 and one in winter 2016. Trip participants came from a variety of backgrounds, from orthodox to non-practicing, atheist to deeply spiritual. These perspectives allowed us to engage in meaningful discussions and helped shape each group's discourse. When organizing and selecting photographs, we wanted to display this multiplicity of outlooks but in no way claim that these images can encapsulate the entire experience. There is always more to learn, more people to talk to, more understanding to gain. These photographs are just a small part of the experience, just a thread in the tapestry. We included images of people, scenes, and landscapes we saw, as well as photographs of the participants themselves to better help you, the viewer, contextualize the experience. We hope that you view these photographs with an open mind and encourage you to ask any of the student photographers or other participants about the trip.

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 22
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour (Hillel Commons)
Come learn/speak Arabic! Contact Elan Cohen with questions.
 
6:45:Ma'ariv (Evening) Services

Seder Plate and Matzah
7pm: First Night Passover Seder 
Hillel will have seder options on both the first and second nights of Passover (Fri. April 22 & Sat. April 23). Both seders require registration! The first night will be free for students who register by Thursday, April 14 ($18 if registration occurs after that date) and feature a variety of themed seders to choose from; the second night will feature one, warm, creative and interactive seder. Please register for all seders and kosher-for-Passover lunch and dinner offered daily at the links below by Thursday April 14. After March, there will be a per-meal late fee. If you are a student, register for seders and meals here. If you are faculty, staff, an alum, or a community member, please register here

Visit brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information and to see other events happening throughout the week.
 
Saturday, April 23
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)

7pm: Second Night Passover Seder
See first night seder event above for all the details.

Sunday, April 24
11:30am-1:30pm: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please register here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please registe here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information.

2pm: Matzah Madness with the Jewish Cooking Club (Kitchen)
Get ready for the event of the season...it's Matzah Madness! If it's two days into Passover and you are already tired of matzah, give it an upgrade! Cover matzot in chocolate, candy, and more with the Jewish Cooking Club. People of all faiths, practices, and identities are welcome. Stop by the Hillel kitchen for a flavorful afternoon, and to learn from Abby K-P why we're able to cook on this second day of Passover, which is considering a "yom tov" (holy day) and when we're instructed to otherwise refrain from "work". Check out the Facebook event for more info!

5:30-7pm: Passover Dinner (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please register here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please register here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information.

6:30-9:30 Training for Shalom Connectors (Location TBD)
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. E-mail Sienna Lotenberg with any questions. If you're ready to make a difference by making friends, sign up here!

Monday, April 25
11:30am-1:30pm: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please register here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please register here

5:30-7pm: Passover Dinner (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please register here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members
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please register here

7pm: Afikoman Hunt with FYSH (Meet at Hillel)
Join First-Year Students of Hillel for an Afikoman hunt to celebrate passover! The campus-wide scavenger hunt will end with a prize for the winners and is a great way to meet more students at Hillel. Here's the Facebook event.
generalGeneral Hillel Announcements
passoverPassover at Brown RISD Hillel
Early bird registration has passed but there is still time to register for all seders and meals!

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. 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 are automatically registered 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.

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
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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