The flag, designed to welcome back Jewish Aggies as the new year approached, was discovered missing on the morning of Wednesday, August 24. A police report was filed over the phone but no one expected the flag to be returned. On Thursday the 25th, Rabbi Matt posted a photo of the flag with a request that it be returned:
The Aggie honor code reads: An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.
Our welcome back banner was stolen from Hillel and we want it back to welcome the community as they return to College Station. We’ll take it back no questions asked, just put it back on its stand. Thanks and Gig ’em!
That Facebook post was shared over 160 times on Facebook and word got out quickly about the flag. One local television station even wanted to broadcast a story about the flag. There was an outpouring of support from individuals and organizations willing to replace the flag. C.C. Creations called Rabbi Matt early Friday with a very generous offer to fully replace the flag.
Then, on Friday the 26th, just a day after the social media post went viral locally, the flag returned, dropped off at the corner of George Bush Drive and Dexter Drive. We are very grateful for the incredible outpouring of community support! Thanks for the love Aggieland!
Coby Moscowitz, a freshman from Michigan, reflected on the experience, “I really enjoyed getting to know other freshmen here at the lake. It was a fun afternoon and the dinner was outstanding!”
Thirteen new Jewish Aggies, from across Texas and around the country, participated in the second annual Gefilte Fish Camp. New freshmen, student leaders, and Chabad and Hillel staff enjoyed an afternoon of getting to know each other by canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding at the tranquil lake.
Move-In Day BBQBeat the heat of move-in day as we welcome incoming students and their families on move-in day with kosher hamburgers, hotdogs, and ice cold drinks on Sunday, August 21 from noon to 3 p.m. Drop by anytime!
Hillel Open HouseOur signature Gig ‘Em Week event, this public open house on Monday, August 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. will include tours of Hillel and frozen treats!
Gefilte Fish CampOur annual welcoming event for all new Jewish Aggies is Gefilte Fish Camp, which takes place on Wednesday, August 24 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Lake Bryan. It includes kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and dinner. You must RSVP to Danielle to attend, email@example.com. Carpooling from Hillel will be provided.
Nosh and Schmooze ReceptionJoin your Hillel family for appetizers while we all get to know each other during our own version of “happy hour” on Thursday, August 25 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Gig ‘Em Week ShabbatWe start the school year off with our weekly signature event – fun and musical Shabbat services followed by a delicious free dinner on Friday, August 26! Join us every Friday night of the school year at 6:30 p.m. for lively Shabbat services upstairs in the sanctuary followed by dinner at 7:30. If services aren’t your thing, that’s fine; just join us for dinner!
Coffee Talk at Sweet Euguene’sWe head to everyone’s favorite local coffee shop for some schmoozing and great beverages from teas to smoothies (and of course coffee) on Hillel on Monday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Torah Thursdays With Rabbi MattGet your Jewish learning on with Rabbi Matt’s weekly informal lunches at Einstein’s Bagels at Sbisa starting on Thursday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. Join us weekly or whenever you feel like it. No previous Jewish learning is required or expected!
Welcome Back ShabbatOur Welcome Back Shabbat on the eve of the UCLA game will be legendary! Services on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6:30, dinner at 7:30 and then hang around and walk over to the first Midnight Yell of the year with your Hillel friends!
- Sunday, October 2 – 6:30 p.m. – Erev Rosh HaShannah – services followed by dinner
- Monday, October 3 – 10 a.m. – Rosh HaShannah First Day – services followed by lunch
- Tuesday, October 4 – 10 a.m. – Rosh HaShannah Second Day – services followed by lunch
- Sunday, October 9 – 3 p.m. – Community Tashlich Service at Wolf Pen Creek Park Amphitheater Pond
- Tuesday, October 11 – 5:30 p.m. – Pre-Fast Yom Kippur Dinner
- Tuesday, October 11 – 6:30 p.m. – Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur Services
- Wednesday, October 12 – 10 a.m. – Yom Kippur Morning Services
- Wednesday, October 12 – 6 p.m. – Yom Kippur Concluding Services followed by Yom Kippur Break-Fast Meal
On April 5, Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director of the Givat Haviva National Education Campus, the Center for Shared Society and Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, joined Hillel students and staff for brunch prior to meetings with campus officials to further expand the Texas A&M and Israel relationship.
On April 13th Texas A&M Hillel and Aggie Students Supporting Israel hosted our second annual Israel Fair in Rudder Plaza! With hundreds students in attendance, the event was a huge success!
The event served as a tour through Israeli life, starting by getting a “passport” at the welcome table that would be stamped at each table you attended. When completed you could turn in your stamped passport for giveaways such as t-shirts, phone cases, wristbands, candy and more! The event also featured authentic live music and a photo wall in front of a mock Western Wall. Tables included…