Welcome Rabbi Dan and Risa!

Texas A&M Hillel is excited to welcome Rabbi Daniel Aronson and Risa Bierman for the upcoming school year.

Rabbi Aronson will serve as Texas A&M Hillel’s interim rabbi and executive director. Rabbi Dan is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Additionally, Rabbi Dan has worked in a variety of Jewish communal settings as a rabbi, educator, and administrator, including several years as assistant director of the Brown University-Rhode Island School of Design Hillel. He has worked with congregations in Houston, Texas; Salem, Oregon; Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Houston with his wife, Dr. Beth Aronson, and their daughter, Katie. Rabbi Dan’s son, Jacob, lives and works in Richmond, VA.

Risa Bierman is Texas A&M Hillel’s new assistant director. Risa has lived in College Station for 22 years and has been actively involved in the local Jewish community. She has 25 years of experience working with college students at various institutions across the country, including nearly 20 years in student life at Texas A&M. She is excited to work with Jewish students at A&M and really make it feel like a welcoming place for them to go to college and grow. Her husband is a professor at Mays Business School and her two sons are in high school.

Our new leadership is working closely with our returning staff and the Texas A&M Hillel board of directors to ensure strong support for Jewish students and quality programming when school resumes in the fall.

Rabbi Dan and Risa encourage you to join them on campus and introduce yourselves this fall. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them.
Rabbi Dan’s email is rabbidan@tamuhillel.org.
Risa’s email is risa@tamuhillel.org.

Sincerely,
Nancy Brand & Richard Wolf
Co-Presidents

12th Mensch Club

We have a donor program called the 12th Mensch Club. Members in this group are issued parking spots at Hillel for all home games during this year’s football season. WHOOP! All members receive a parking tag and are guaranteed a parking spot on football game day near Kyle field (as long as they arrive 2 hours before kick-off).

To become a member of the 12th Mensch Club, donate $1,200 or more. For credit card donors, we offer a monthly recurring payment plan. Pledge $100 per month and you will become a 12th Mensch Club member. We only have 40 spots in our parking lot, so please sign-up as soon as possible to receive your football parking pass.

Largest A&M Delegation Attends AIPAC Policy Conference

Fifteen students traveled along with Rabbi Matt Rosenberg to Washington D.C. in the largest Aggie delegation to AIPAC Policy Conference yet. AIPAC Policy Conference was held from Sunday, March 26 through Tuesday, March 28. On the last day of the conference, the Aggie delegation met with and thanked local Congressman Bill Flores for his ongoing support of Israel and encouraged him to co-sponsor several Israel-related bills in Congress. The student delegation, which included incoming Student Body President Bobby Brooks, current Student Government Vice President Dan Rosenfield, Hillel President Aaron Blasband, and Aggie Students Supporting Israel President Joy Koonin, attended informative sessions at the conference which included such speakers as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and other political leaders. Texas A&M Hillel has sent a delegation to AIPAC Policy Conference for the past four conferences, beginning in 2014 with just three students. Hillel looks forward to an even larger delegation of student leaders for AIPAC Policy Conference 2018!

Hillel Celebrates Israel On Campus

Hillel sponsored the third annual Israel Fair on the Plaza in Rudder Plaza throughout the evening on Tuesday, March 7. The highlights of the fair included Artists for Israel spray-painting t-shirts for students, a Krav Maga demonstration, a photo booth, Israeli music, and quintessential Israel snacks Bamba and Bissli being tried for the first time by dozens of Aggies. About 100 students participated in the event, learning about Israel in the process. This was the first time Israel Fair has been held at night, taking advantage of the many students headed to or from the Memorial Student Center for evening programs and meetings.

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!