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Students, Staff in St. Louis for Hillel Institute

Every summer, Hillel International sponsors Hillel Institute at Washington University in St. Louis. Hillel Institute is a organization-wide training opportunity for students and staff alike. This year, four students and three Hillel at Texas A&M staff attending trainings at Hillel Institute in early August.

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!
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Winter Break Birthright Israel Trip

Registration for our winter break Birthright Israel trip begins on Tuesday, September 8. Our free ten-day trip is scheduled to depart from a New York City airport on December 23, 2015 and will return on January 3, 2016. We’re partnering with Chabad to send as many Aggies as possible on their free trip together in a united Jewish Aggie trip to Israel!

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 – danielle@tamuhillel.org

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High Holy Days & Sukkot 5776

All High Holy Day services and meals are free for students.  A recommended donation of $100 per adult is suggested for non-students (members of the 12th Mensch Club are entitled to complimentary admission.)

Rosh HaShannah

  • 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

Yom Kippur

  • 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

Sukkot

  • 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
 
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Welcome Back Events at Hillel

We have a plethora of events planned to welcome and welcome back events during Gig ‘Em Week and the first week of school!

 

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 rabbimatt@tamuhillel.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!

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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.