As Rabbi Matt mentioned in his Yom Kippur sermon, continual adult Jewish learning is incumbent upon all of us. With that in mind, please join Rabbi Matt for an introductory course about Judaism (almost) every Tuesday night from 8-9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, October 8. Classes are free for students and a $10 per class donation is requested of non-students. Everyone is welcome to attend each class or individual topics of interest. Here is the tentative schedule for the remainder of the fall semester…
October 8 – The Jewish Calendar
October 15 – The Torah & Commentaries
No Class October 22
October 29 – Shabbat
November 5 – Keeping Kosher (No Class Due to Special Hillel Student Board Meeting)
November 12 – Synagogue & Prayer
November 19 – The Siddur
November 26 – Hanukkah (No Class Due to Thanksgiving Break)
December 3 – Hanukkah
Following winter break the course will resume on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and delve into Jewish history, the High Holy Days, Passover, Sukkot, Shavuot, fast days, and so much more! No textbook is required; students seeking to learn more will be provided with reading suggestions and can meet with Rabbi Matt for one-on-one learning.
Join Chabad and Hillel for a movie night at Hillel on Monday, November 25 at 8 p.m. for a screening and discussion of “Fill The Void.”
Join Congregation Beth Shalom, Chabad and Hillel for an evening of Chanukah celebration at the Aggieland Chanukah Bash on Monday, December 2! Celebrations begins at 5pm at Rudder Plaza on campus, followed by a Chanukah Party at Hillel. Promptly at 6 p.m. the giant menorah lighting will take place in Rudder Plaza. Before the lighting of the giant menorah, there will be activities, donut-eating contests, music, and more. At 6:30 the community will walk or drive to Hillel for the Chanukah party with menorah crafts, latkes, cookie decorating, and an olive oil making workshop. This celebration is fun for the whole family and is the biggest Chanukah party in Aggieland yet!
Join Rabbi Matt and a panel of representatives from world religions in the annual Religion Panel at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 18th in the Robert Gates Ballroom of the MSC. Religion Panel is an event aimed towards bringing together a culturally-diverse community in an open and respectful setting as we learn about the numerous practicing religious groups and cultures throughout our world.
Religion Panel strives to rid the world of prejudice, malice, and turmoil, by dispelling the common misconceptions and labels that are often associated with various religious groups and cultures. Through education, Religion Panel works to replace these mistruths with factual evidence one can then use to build new, unbiased cultural understandings. By increasing our knowledge of the world around us, we can build a community in which we can all coexist in harmony, bolster our own individual faith, and work towards a common good. Religion Panel is sponsored by GENTS.
Consider taking PHIL 489.501/RELS 489.501 this Spring 2014, held MWF 9:10-10:00 and taught by Dr. Claire Katz, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies.
This course provides an overview to modern Jewish thought and philosophy, which roughly spans Jewish European thinkers from the 18th century to the present. In many ways, the Enlightenment defined modern Jewish philosophy and influenced the direction it took, the questions it asked, and the solutions it developed to those questions. This class is an introductory overview of modern Jewish thought and philosophy, which roughly spans Jewish European thinkers from the 18th century to the 20th century. No single semester course could cover every Jewish thinker from this time period, but this class will give the student a solid introduction to the field. Students can then pursue their own interests within it if they so desire. Major figures will include: Moses Mendelssohn, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas. This course will also consider the writings of the Russian philosopher, Lev Shestov, and the German political theorist and philosopher, Hannah Arendt.
Join the College of Liberal Arts and Hillel in a screening of the film Hannah Arendt on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in Harrington Education Center Classroom (HECC) 209. The event is free and open to the public; there will be a panel discussion following the move. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was a Jewish political philosopher who was forced to leave Germany for the United States in 1933. In 1961 she covered Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem for The New Yorker magazine and two years later published Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Join Hillel for a very special Camp Shabbat on Friday, November 22! That night, Greene Family Camp director and talented musician Loui Dobin will be leading our musical 6:30 p.m. Shabbat service. A friend of Hillel, Loui has been director at Greene Family Camp since 1978. Come reminisce about your camp experience and relive the best part of Jewish summer camp – Shabbat! Greene Family Camp assistant director Scott Braswell will also be in attendance to talk to interested students about summer employment opportunities at GFC, which is just 90 minutes away from Aggieland in Bruceville!
Faces of Israel is an exciting educational program that explores the nature of Israel as a Jewish state today. The program specifically focuses on questions of Jewish identity, religious pluralism and civil liberties in Israel. Faces of Israel is highly interactive and comprises presentation, news updates, questions, stories, discussion and film-viewing. Faces of Israel director Amy Beth Oppenheimer frequently travels to Jewish communities to present the program, facilitate conversation and spark dialogue about religion and state issues in Israel today.
No RSVP is needed and all members of the community with an interest in modern Israel are welcome to attend. The movie and discussion will take place in Hillel’s auditorium/theater on the first floor.
Hillel at Texas A&M is proud to be part of the announcement today that Texas A&M University has signed an agreement with Israel to open a branch campus in Nazareth. Rabbi Peter Tarlow, former executive director of Hillel and currently director of the new Center for Hispanic-Jewish Relations, was instrumental in the development of the agreement signed today at the residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Rabbi Tarlow made multiple trips to Israel to negotiate between Texas A&M and the state of Israel. Governor Rick Perry and Chancellor John Sharp were in Israel for the signing of this historic agreement, which will make Texas A&M the first American university with a branch campus in Israel. Hillel at Texas A&M looks forward to Rabbi Tarlow’s return and for information about how this exciting new opportunity will impact Texas A&M and Hillel!
In the photo, Rabbi Peter Tarlow presents a Texas A&M kippah to Governor Rick Perry as Rabbi Tarlow’s son Nathaniel Tarlow looks on.
Here is a news release from the Texas A&M University System regarding the new campus.
Come to Hillel on Monday, October 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a free pizza lunch and a special conversation with Tali Tzour, the Israeli Emissary to the Jewish National Fund in New York and New Jersey. In this conversation, open to students, staff, faculty, and community members, Tali will provide a general update on Israel and will answer questions about the state. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Tali spent her army years as a member of the Nachal Brigade and during the course of her service helped found a new community in the Galil, one that still stands today.