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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 student leadership. Gefilte Fish Camp will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, followed by our Gig ‘em Week Shabbat and first Shabbat of the semester at 6:30 p.m.! 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.
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, June 26 – 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat Services & Dinner – Friday, July 24 – 6:30 p.m.
9th of Av Services – Saturday, July 25 – 9 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.  

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Passover at Hillel

Passover is rapidly approaching! Please join your Aggie Hillel family for two Passover s’darim (seders) on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. Our Hillel Passover s’darim are free for Jewish students and their immediate families. Members of the Jewish community are asked to pay $36 for those 13 and up, $18 for children.  

The first night seder on Friday, April 3 will take place at Hillel beginning with abbreviated Friday night and Shabbat holiday services at 6:30 p.m. followed by a fun sing-along active Passover seder at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Please RSVP on our Facebook event so we know how much maztah ball soup and brisket to prepare!  

On Saturday, April 4 our seder will begin at 8 p.m. at a very special to-be-revealed location not far from Hillel. Don’t miss this very different Passover seder by RSVP-ing on our Facebook event.  

For the non-Jewish community, we will also be hosting a model Passover seder at Hillel on Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. RSVPs are required (please email hillel@tamuhillel.org to RSVP) and the cost is $10 for students and $20 for non-students, payable at the door. Space is limited and available on a first-RSVP, first-served basis.