As Chief of Staff, I have really enjoyed helping guide the Student Board in planning social events, religious events, and Friday night services. On a personal note, just a few weeks ago I received my Aggie Ring. Rabbi Matt Rosenberg and Danielle Freedman accompanied me to collect my “little ring made of gold,” and helped me celebrate one of the most exciting experiences of my Aggie life. Both Rabbi Matt and Danielle have helped me grow as a leader at Hillel and in my studies, so their attendance was valued tremendously. As I finish up my last year at A&M, and even in the future, I expect that Hillel will continue to be an essential part of my life and I look forward to all of the experiences this organization has to offer. -Rebecca Waronoff ’16
This is the second pro-Israel resolution passed by the Student Senate in two years but while last year’s resolution was the fourth in the nation, Aggie student senators wanted to be among the first this year.
Student senators Joseph Hood and Kasey Khoobiar sponsored the resolution, which was introduced by five members of the group Aggie Students Supporting Israel (ASSI). ASSI member Jacob Arnett was instrumental in the crafting and adoption of the resolution. Arnett stated, “Texas A&M continues to show its support for Israel. In this time of challenge for the state of Israel, it’s gratifying that my university supports the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, executive director of Hillel at Texas A&M stated, “Texas A&M continues to be a campus community that is very supportive of Israel. Along with that support of Israel comes a very welcoming environment for Jewish students.”
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 1 p.m. – Rosh HaShannah First Day – services followed by lunch
- Monday, Sept. 14 – 2-4 p.m. – Campus Honey Bee Facility tour
- Monday, Sept. 14 – 6:30 p.m. – Aggieland Community Tashlich at the fountain at Blue Baker on University
- Tuesday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 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.