Our four students attended engagement institute, which provides training to our cadre of engagement interns to meet Jewish students over coffee and talk to them about their Jewish journey. Our Aggie interns-to-be and Rabbi Matt joined with students and staff from Miami University of Ohio and Mizzou for three days of training that culminated in a massive Hillel Shabbaton.
New Hillel staffers Danielle Freedman and Lena Lieb participated in new professionals training, designed to connect new professionals to the Hillel International mission, goals, and network. Rabbi Matt also participated in Israel Action Program training to learn more about supporting Israel on campus. Overall it was a incredibly successful Hillel Institute that helped the entire Aggie Hillel team get ready for the upcoming semester!
Our trip provider is Mayanot Israel and students can pre-register immediately or wait until Sept. 8 for full registration at mayanotisrael.com. Be sure to indicate Texas A&M on your registration! Relatives or friends from other schools are absolutely welcome on our trip, as long as they appreciate maroon. If enough Aggies sign up for the trip, we will hopefully be able to staff the trip with two local Jewish professionals from Hillel and Chabad! Tell your friends to register, this is the trip of the year!
For more information, contact Danielle at Hillel – email@example.com
- Sunday, Sept. 13 – 6:30 p.m. – Erev Rosh HaShannah – services followed by dinner
- Monday, Sept. 14 – 10 a.m. to noon – Rosh HaShannah First Day – services followed by lunch
- Monday, Sept. 14 – 6:30 p.m. – Community Tashlich at the fountain at Blue Baker on University
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m. to noon – Rosh HaShannah Second Day – services followed by lunch
- Tuesday, Sept. 22 – 6 p.m. – Pre-Fast Yom Kippur Dinner
- Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 7 p.m. – Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur Services
- Wednesday, Sept. 24 – 10 a.m. to noon – Yom Kippur Morning Services
- Wednesday, Sept. 24 – 6:30-7:56 p.m. – Yom Kippur Yizkor/Evening/Neila Services
- Wednesday, Sept. 24 – 7:56 p.m. – Yom Kippur Break-Fast
- Sunday, Sept. 27 – 6:30 p.m. – Sukkot Services and Dinner in the Sukkah
- Tuesday, Sept. 29 – 6:30 p.m. – Pizza in the Hut
- Tuesday, Sept. 29 – 9 p.m. – Hukkah in the Sukkah
- Thursday, Oct. 1 – TBD – Sukkah Hop Dinner
- Friday, Oct. 2 – 6:30 p.m. – Shabbat Services and Dinner in the Sukkah
- Monday, Oct. 5 – 8 p.m. – Simchat Torah Dance Party
Sunday, August 23 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Hillel Open House – stop by to get out of the heat of moving day and enjoy a shaved ice at Hillel.
Tuesday, August 25 – 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Gig ‘em Week Brunch at Hillel – join other Jewish Aggies for this welcome back brunch.
Wednesday, August 26 – 3-5 p.m. – Open House – Our public open house offers tours and popsicles.
Thursday, August 27 – 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Gefilte Fish Camp – Open to incoming new students, Gefilte Fish Camp is your opportunity to get to know Jewish students while kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding. RSVP by August 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org, cost is $20 including t-shirt, transportation, lunch, snacks, and all equipment.
Friday, August 28 – 6:30 p.m. – Gig ‘Em Week Shabbat – Join us for spirited and musical Shabbat services followed by a free delicious Shabbat dinner with challah, grape juice, and everything wonderful.
Tuesday, September 1 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Sweet Treats at Sweet Eugene’s – Get your Hillel social live started by hanging out and enjoying coffee, pastries, and other awesome beverages at our favorite hangout, Sweet Eugene’s.
Thursday, September 3 – 9-10 a.m. – Torah Thursdays at Torchy’s Tacos With Rabbi Matt – Join Rabbi Matt for breakfast tacos and a discussion of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holidays at Torchy’s on Texas.
Friday, September 4 – 6:30 p.m. – Welcome Back Shabbat – Unwind with friends and relax after the first week of classes at Shabbat services and dinner at Hillel. Start your weekend off right at Hillel!
“What better way to introduce Jewish students to our campus community than through an adaptation of a favorite Aggie tradition,” said Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, executive director of Hillel. “We look forward to meeting our future student leaders and helping them form friendships to last throughout their college careers.”
During her free time Danielle enjoys being active – playing golf and hanging out with friends. Danielle is excited to start her journey with Texas A&M Hillel and can’t wait to meet all the students! To set up your own coffee date with Danielle, she can be reached at email@example.com or on Facebook.
Danielle succeeds Veronica Beskin, our first Jewish Student Life Coordinator, who has relocated to Atlanta to become the Campus Director of Georgia Tech Hillel and Georgia State Hillel.
In March, the Texas A&M Hillel Board of Directors approved new bylaws for the nearly 100-year-old organization. This approval marked the first major revision of the organization’s bylaws in decades and ushered in a new structure for the Board of Directors, which now includes an executive committee and 26 members.
The following post was written by Houston ADL staff and distributed via email following the passage of the pro-Israel resolution at Texas A&M:
When student senators at Texas A&M University in College Station passed a resolution the evening of April 22 in the 67th session of A&M’s student legislature, on the 67th birthday of the state of Israel, A&M became only the second U.S. university to pass a pro-Israel resolution and the fourth to do so in the school year. I heard about what happened, and having recently met some of the active, engaged and committed students at Texas A&M Hillel, I sought the backstory.
Gefilte Fish Camp!Incoming freshmen are invited to join us for a full day of fun and getting to know other Jewish Aggies along with Hillel and Chabad student leadership. Gefilte Fish Camp will take place all day on Thursday, August 27. Contact Rabbi Matt (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register or to tell him the name of an incoming freshman!
Welcome Back to SchoolGet ready for our welcome-back activities during Gig ‘em Week and beyond!
Welcome Back Brunch – Monday, August 24 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hillel Open House & Popsicles – Wednesday, August 26 – 3-5 p.m.
Gefilte Fish Camp – Thursday, August 27 – morning to evening, TBD
Gig ‘em Week Shabbat – Friday, August 28 – 6:30 p.m.
Sweet Treats & Meet & Greet at Sweet Eugene’s – Tuesday, September 1 – 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Welcome Back Shabbat – Friday, September 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Hanging in College Station This Summer? Tell Rabbi Matt
Even though Hillel takes a break during the summer, Rabbi Matt is here for most of the summer with food money burning a hole in his pocket! Call him or message him and he’ll take you to lunch and/or to Bahama Buck’s (his favorite summer locale)!
Summer Services at Hillel
Shavuot Services, Dessert, and Nighttime Learning – Saturday, May 23 – 8-11 p.m.
Shabbat Services & Dinner – Friday, June 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Services & Dinner – Friday, July 24 – 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Services & Dinner – Friday, August 14 – 6:30 p.m.