Hillel Community Newsletter
Weekly Events & Announcements
May 2 - May 9
Contrary to what it seems outside spring has arrived! Here are some upcoming Hillel highlights: 

- Join us tonight as we celebrate this year at Hillel with student awards, a slideshow and a dessert reception. More info below.

- Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is this Thursday, May 5th. Tuesday night we will hear from the son of a survivor, and Thursday we are holding a commemoration ceremony. See more below.

- Come see photos taken by students on our spring break trip to Ethiopia. The gallery opening will take place Friday before services. See more here.

- The position of Tzedek chair is vacant for the upcoming fall semester and we are accepting applications. For a description and to apply, visit this link. Applications are due by 6pm this Friday.

-  Commencement/Reunion Weekend is around the corner. Visit our website to find information about the schedule, including Shabbat service options and open house hours. Please register for meals in advance here.

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weekThis Week's Events
Monday, May 2
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 in the 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 (Student Lounge)

meeting7:15pm: Annual Meeting (Chapel)
Our end-of-year celebration of Jewish life at Brown and RISD! Featuring:
- Student awards
- Special performance by the Alef Beats, Brown RISD Hillel's Jewish a capella group
- Year-end slideshow
- Dessert reception to follow

Tuesday, May 3
yom7pm: Yom HaShoah Speaker (Hillel)
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is Thursday, May 5th. Join us Tuesday night to hear Judge Edward Newman talk about his late mother, who was a survivor of Auschwitz and the author of the book "In the Hell of Auschwitz." He will tell the very moving story of this much loved woman. Check out the Facebook event!

9pm: J Street U Brown (JSUB) Weekly Meeting (JWW 202)
Wednesday, May 4
12pm: Professor Willis Liberation Theology Lunch (JWW 411)
Join HIRAJ for a discussion on liberation theology. We will have the opportunity of hearing from Professor Andre Willis, who will talk about how liberation theology relates to the Exodus (the basis of the Passover story) and how this inspires faith-based activism conceptually and in his own personal experience. Lunch will be provided, so join us for a great discussion and food! Professor Andre Willis is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of History and Religion. He teaches classes on African American Liberation Theology, African American Religion and Politics, African American Religious Strategies: Martin and Malcolm, and Christianity and Economic Inequality. Check out the Facebook event!

4pm: Make Matzah Brei with JMI!
Bring your leftover matzah and make matzah brei with Jews of Mixed Identity (JMI)! Join us to eat (delicious) food and reflect on how Pesach affected the visibility of your Jewish identity. Check out the
Facebook event!

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! 

7pm: Interfaith Fireside Chat (Student Lounge)
Students involved with Brown RISD Hillel and Brown RISD Bahai club will be meeting for an interfaith dialogue in the Bahai tradition of fireside chats to discuss the intersection of science and religion in our respective faiths. Facebook event here.

Thursday, May 5
4pm: Challah for Hunger Baking and Braiding (Kitchen)
Join CfH weekly for their bake and braid in the Hillel kitchen. Challah loaves are sold on Fridays in the Blue Room.

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

7:30pm: Yom HaShoah Ceremony (Main Green)
To mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will gather on the Main Green on May 5th at 7:30 to hear poems, prayers, and stories read by members of the Brown community. Many different groups of people were targeted by and suffered during the Holocaust, and many continue to suffer from oppression and bigotry today. All are welcome to join.

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, May 6
11am: Arabic Conversation Hour (Hillel Commons)
Come learn/speak Arabic! Contact Elan Cohen with questions.

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 the Sabbath. 

ethiopia5pm: Ethiopia Exhibit Opening (Gallery)
Exhibit Opening to see photos of the Jewish community in Ethiopia, taken by Brown and RISD students who participated in a Spring Break volunteer trip to Ethiopia.  Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact ethiopia@brownrisdhillel.org

Shabbat Services
6:15pm Havurah** (Beit Midrash), Reform* (Student Lounge) Services 
7:30pm Kiddush (Lobby) and Dinner (Social Hall) 
All are welcome to join us for dinner. 
Join us before services for the release of this year's Mahberet, Hillel's literary magazine.

*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!
Saturday, May 7
12:30pm: Shabbat Lunch (Social Hall)

6:30pm: Third Meal and Havdalah (Social Hall)
Enjoy the third meal of Shabbat before concluding with Havdalah, the weekly ceremony marking the end of Shabbat.
generalGeneral Hillel Announcements
Apply to be Hillel Tzedek Chair
The position of Tzedek chair is vacant for the upcoming fall semester and we are accepting applications. For a description and to apply, visit this link. Applications are due by 6pm this Friday. Questions? Contact Alyssa Baum, VP of Tzedek and the Arts.

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
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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