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Gefilte Fish Camp Introduces New Students to Texas A&M Jewish Life

Texas A&M is known for its tradition and spirit, and so is its Jewish community. To help introduce new students to all things Jewish and Aggie, Texas A&M Hillel and the Rohr Chabad Jewish Center will host the first-annual Gefilte Fish Camp. Modeled after the university’s Fish Camp, an orientation program that allows students to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Texas A&M, Gefilte Fish Camp will be hosted on Thursday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m.

“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.”

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Welcome Danielle Freedman

We’d like to offer a huge Texas A&M “Howdy” to our brand-new Jewish Student Life Coordinator Danielle Freedman!  A native of Auburn, Alabama, Danielle joins our Hillel team in July 2015. Danielle earned a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama in May 2015. During her time at Alabama Danielle spent three years as an engagement intern at the Bloom Hillel at the University of Alabama. At Hillel Danielle enjoyed being with Jewish friends to celebrate Shabbat and holidays together and she looks forward to helping students make the most of their Hillel experience.

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 danielle@tamuhillel.org 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.

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Texas A&M Student Senate Unanimously Passes Pro-Israel Resolution

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.

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Gefilte Fish Camp & Back to School

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 (rabbimatt@tamuhillel.org) to register or to tell him the name of an incoming freshman!

Welcome Back to School

Get 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.

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Summer at Hillel

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.

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Aggie Israel Fair

On Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, which fell on Thursday, April 23, Texas A&M’s Aggie Students Supporting Israel group hosted our first-ever Aggie Israel Fair in Rudder Plaza. More than 300 students participated in the fair, visiting booths that focus on Israeli agricultural innovations, culture, politics, food, the IDF, Jewish life in Israel, and more.

Upon completion of their virtual learning tour through Israel, student participants received a Israel Fair t-shirt and tasted some delicious falafel and pita. Take a look at the fun in this extensive photo album.

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Texas A&M Student Senate Passes Pro-Israel Resolution

The Texas A&M Student Senate became the fourth university in the country this year and the first in Texas to pass a pro-Israel resolution. The resolution was the inspiration of the Aggie Students Supporting Israel group and was co-sponsored by four student senators. It was brought to the floor during the Wednesday, April 22 senate meeting and after a brief discussion, it was passed unanimously.
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Holocaust Memorial Day at Texas A&M

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Hillel sponsored two major events to raise awareness about the Holocaust. The first was a 24-hour reading of names of victims of the Holocaust from 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 through 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Throughout the night and into the day, dozens of students volunteered to read approximately one hundred thousand names of victims of the Holocaust, an unfortunately small percentage of the six million Jews who were killed in the Shoah.

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AIPAC Policy Conference Update: Rabbi Matt Wins National Award

At the 2015 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C., Hillel at Texas A&M’s executive director, Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, won the “Ally of the Year” award for his work supporting pro-Israel efforts at Texas A&M. Rabbi Matt is one of three campus professionals nationwide to be awarded the Ally of the Year award for 2015. Texas A&M brought seven students and Rabbi Matt to the country’s largest annual gathering of pro-Israel activists held at the Washington Convention Center from March 1-3, 2015.