Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
April 25 - May 1
Passover is underway and Hillel has plenty going on to celebrate! Here are some highlights: 

There is so much happening to celebrate Passover this week: from a learning session, to a movie and of course, lots of opportunities for food. See below for a full schedule!

- Join us for Shabbat on the Green this Friday, featuring a special service led by Rabbi Dardashti and featuring Bruce Phillips on the drum. See more information below.

- There is still time to submit your application to be a Brown RISD Hillel student trustee to serve as the student voice to the adult Board of Trustees. Applications are due by 11:59pm tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26). More information and the link to apply can be found here!

-  If anybody is interested in doing food preparation and then serving food at Crossroads Rhode Island, a homeless shelter in Providence, on Sunday morning, please contact Talia.

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weekThis Week's Events
Monday, April 25
5:30-7pm: Passover Dinner (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

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

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7pm: Afikoman Hunt with FYSH (Commons)
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. Check out the Facebook event!

Tuesday, April 26
11:30am-1:30pm: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

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

9pm: J Street U Brown (JSUB) Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)
 
Wednesday, April 27
11:30am-1:30pm: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

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! 

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

7pm: Grad Wine and Cheese (Student Lounge)
Relax with fellow graduate students and young professionals and enjoy two delicacies that are Passover approved. Invite friends to the facebook event and share with those interested. Contact Abby with any questions! Please RSVP by Tuesday April 26th.

8pm: Prince of Egypt (Meeting Room)
Not yet tired of Passover food? Looking for a study break? Come watch a Passover classic, "The Prince of Egypt!" BYOSCCM (Bring Your Own Soft, Comfortable, Cozy Material) and see you soon! In order to prepare, here's an hour long youtube video of the entire soundtrack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtteBRZ6csg

Thursday, April 28
11:30am: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

We're kicking off Tzedek Committee this semester and hope you'll join us! All are welcome, email Talia with any questions.

6:30pm: Modern Day Slavery and the Food We Eat: Passover Learning Event (Beit Midrash)
Come learn with us how Passover's themes intersect with unpleasant aspects in our world. We will be discussing worker exploitation in agriculture and food production and how this relates to the themes within our modern-day seder. Check out the Facebook event for more info!

7:30pm: Passover Dinner (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover 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 29
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour (Hillel Commons)
Come learn/speak Arabic! Contact Elan Cohen with questions.

11:30am-1:30: Passover Lunch (Social Hall)
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

greenShabbat on the Green with RMD (Quiet Green)
Join us for a super chill service on the Quiet Green. Rabbi Dardashti (w/ Bruce Phillips on drum) will be leading a traditional, spirited, accessible and warm service for all members of the community. We'll walk back to Hillel for free Passover dinner.
6:15pm Services (Quiet Green)
7:30pm Dinner (Social Hall)
 
Saturday, April 30
10:30am: Egalitarian Morning Services (Beit Midrash)

12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)

6:30pm: Third Meal and Havdalah
RSVP is Required. Students please sign up here. Faculty. staff, alumni, community members please sign up here. See brownrisdhillel.org/passover for more information!

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Sunday, May 1
11am: Post-Passover Bagel Brunch
Are you missing your hametz this week during Passover? Stop by Hillel on Sunday from 11-12:30 to grab a bagel, hang out, and meet some new friends. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Check out the Facebook event here.
generalGeneral Hillel Announcements
passoverPassover at Brown RISD Hillel

trusteeHillel 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.  
 
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
Movie Screening
Sponsored by BOMBS, Monday April 25th, 7pm in Friedman Auditorium
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity - despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin. She believes her family's explanation that her looks were inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather. But when her parents abruptly split, her gut starts to tell her something different.

At age of 18, she finally confronts her mother and learns the truth: her biological father was not the man who raised her, but a black man named Rodney with whom her mother had had an affair. Afraid of losing her relationship with her parents, Lacey doesn't openly acknowledge her newly discovered black identity with her white family. When her biological father dies shortly before Lacey's 30th birthday, the family secret can stay hidden no longer. Following the funeral, Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew.

The Oldest Boy Performance 
Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence, and Trinity Repertory Company present a reading of The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl '97, '01 MFA, to raise awareness of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal in April 2015. The reading will take place at Brown RISD Hillel on Tuesday, April 26 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public, but donations to support the Tibet Fund are suggested. Get tickets here!


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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