Aggie Jewish Open House a Success

High school students from around the state attended Aggie Jewish Open House on February 10-11. Musical participatory Shabbat services began at 6:30 p.m. at Hillel with special guest, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Daniel Pugh. Following kiddush and delicious fresh-baked challah, visitors and regular headed to Chabad for dinner. On Saturday, prospective students and their families participated in Aggieland Saturday, the campus-wide open house. On Saturday night, everyone returned to Hillel for the Havdalah ceremony with everyone gathering in a circle to conclude Shabbat. Then, everyone enjoyed dinner together to mark the end of another successful Aggie Jewish Open House! If you missed Aggie Jewish Open House – don’t fret – you can visit Hillel any day or any Shabbat, just let us know you’re coming so we can give you a proper Aggie welcome!

Jewish Warrior Weekend: Aggieland

Hillel is pleased to announce the first annual Jewish Warrior Weekend: Aggieland from April 14-16, 2017. This event is open to any Jewish ROTC or military cadet in the nation. We’re inviting Jewish cadets from military academies and individual Jewish cadets from ROTC programs to College Station for this exciting event that will feature Jewish military leaders.


A & M Holocaust Survivor Speaks to Overflow Crowd

Thomas Gabor ’61, a survivor of the Budapest ghetto and the Hungarian revolution spoke to a standing room only crowd in Rudder Theater on Wednesday, January 25. While Rudder Theater only seats 750 people, there were an additional 200 standing and 300 more in the lobby listening in to the captivating story of how Mr. Gabor came to Texas A&M from Hungary to graduate in 1961 with a degree in chemical engineering. Mr. Gabor brought his wife, also a child survivor of the Holocaust in France, and two grown children to Aggieland for his first trip back in over 55 years.

Aggie Jewish Open House Registration Now Open

Registration for the 6th annual Aggie Jewish Open House, to be held February 10-11, 2017 is now open at AggieJewishOpenHouse.com! The event, designed for prospective Jewish students at Texas A&M is a collaboration of Hillel, Chabad, and the three Jewish Greek organizations (Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and Alpha Epsilon Pi). Held in conjunction with the campus-wide open house Aggieland Saturday, Aggie Jewish Open House is an opportunity for high school students to spend Shabbat in Aggieland and learn about the warm and close-knit Jewish community at A&M.

Aggie Jewish Open House begins on Friday afternoon as visitors meet their host students at Hillel. That evening, join Hillel or Chabad for Friday night services followed by a huge community Shabbat dinner at Chabad. On Saturday, participate in Aggieland Saturday from 9am-3pm. Saturday evening, meet Jewish student leaders and come together for Havdalah and dinner at Hillel! It’s the perfect Aggie Shabbat and you won’t want to miss it! Register now!


Texas A&M Hillel Recognized

Hillel at Texas A&M was awarded the “Excellence in Depth” award from Hillel International at the Hillel International Global Assembly in Orlando, Florida on December 5, 2016. The award recognizes our Hillel’s work in engaging students on a consistent and regular basis, thanks to our amazing programs and amazing Jewish Student Life Coordinator Danielle Freedman. Gig ’em Aggies! Whoop!

Aggies Defeat Longhorns, Again

For the second year in a row, generous Aggie Hillel donors beat tu Hillel in the 24-hour competition between the two Hillels on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Texas A&M Hillel raised over $11,000 in online donations over the course of the day from 51 generous donors. Additionally, donations made between Giving Tuesday and January 15, 2017 are being matched by a generous donor so it’s not too late to give now!

Giving Tuesday is a global movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season which takes places on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For the last two years, Texas Hillel and Texas A&M Hillel have competed to see which Hillel can raise the most money on Giving Tuesday. Thank you to all who donated!

Giving Tuesday on November 29th


Divided by Tradition. United in Giving.

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season. On Tuesday, November 29, you can make a big impact on Jewish Life in Aggieland with a donation to Hillel.

What We’re Doing

For the second year in a row, Hillel at Texas A&M is going head-to-head with t.u. Hillel in the second #HillelShowdown, a 24-hour giving challenge to kick off the giving season. We are competing for total number of donations and total dollars to see which Hillel is most spirited in giving back. We have to keep our 1-0 record against the Longhorns, Ags!

Ways to Get Involved

  • Show your support with other Jewish Aggies by making an online donation to Hillel at Texas A&M on November 29, #GivingTuesday.
  • Thanks to a generous donor, donations will be matched to double the impact of your donation!
  • Share why you are giving to Hillel at Texas A&M on Facebook or Twitter, using #GivingTuesday and #HillelShowdown to show your support for Hillel at Texas A&M.
  • Let friends and family know too so they can get involved!

With your support, we can BTHO t.u. Hillel again! Thanks and Gig’Em!

Hillel Hosts Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben

by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communications Intern

Tuesday night, we had the honor of hosting Holocaust survivor and Aggie Grandfather, Max Galuben. The 88-year-old survivor shared his story and spoke out against genocide to a standing room only crowd in the Memorial Student Center. Glauben has endured many horrors including the Warsaw Ghetto, the Maidanek, Budzyn, Mielec, Wieliczka, and Flossenburg Concentration Camps, and the “Death March to Dachau”.


Professor Teaches About Synagogue Architecture

On Thursday, October 27th, we were honored to host Dr. Anat Geva and hear her talk about architecture in synagogues around the world. Dr. Geva came to the United States 25 years ago in pursuit of her Ph.D., and now works in the department of architecture at Texas A&M University. She still works as a consultant on projects around Bryan and College Station, but focuses on sacred architecture.