Divided by Tradition; United in Giving

This year, Hillel at Texas A&M is going head-to-head with t.u. Hillel in the first #HillelShowdown to prove which Hillel is most spirited in giving back. #GivingTueday is a global movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season. On Tuesday, December 1, you can make a big impact on Jewish Life in Aggieland by making a donation to Hillel at Texas A&M. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the #HillelShowdown and help us BTHO t.u. Hillel!

Meet Danielle Freedman, Our New Jewish Student Life Coordinator

Why is Hillel important to you? To me, Hillel is far more than just a Jewish Center. As an undergraduate, it was my “home away from home.” The Bloom Hillel Center at the University of Alabama will always have a special place in my heart. It was a place where I met Jewish friends for the first time, a place where we gathered every Friday night for Shabbat and a place where I grew closer to my Jewish identity. I fell in love with Hillel at Alabama, which is why I am so happy to start my professional career by joining the Hillel team and the Aggie family. I’m excited to see what the future holds and to work with students to make their experience with Hillel here at Texas A&M as wonderful and as memorable as mine.

Student Spotlight: Rebecca Waronoff

Howdy! I am a senior psychology student at Texas A&M University. The moment that I joined Hillel my sophomore year, I knew that it was going to be a big part of my life. Of course, I could never imagine the extent to which I was correct. It only took one semester for me to decide to join the Student Board and in my junior year I was appointed Vice President of Shabbat and Holidays, working alongside some of the nicest and most inventive people that I could ever hope to work with. At the end of my junior year, I was elected Hillel’s Student Board Chief of Staff and I happily accepted, thrilled to play a greater role in such a great organization.

As Chief of Staff, I have really enjoyed helping guide the Student Board in planning social events, religious events, and Friday night services. On a personal note, just a few weeks ago I received my Aggie Ring. Rabbi Matt Rosenberg and Danielle Freedman accompanied me to collect my “little ring made of gold,” and helped me celebrate one of the most exciting experiences of my Aggie life. Both Rabbi Matt and Danielle have helped me grow as a leader at Hillel and in my studies, so their attendance was valued tremendously. As I finish up my last year at A&M, and even in the future, I expect that Hillel will continue to be an essential part of my life and I look forward to all of the experiences this organization has to offer. -Rebecca Waronoff ’16


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

The Student Senate of Texas A&M University unanimously passed the country’s first pro-Israel student government resolution on Wednesday, October 7. The resolution, “A resolution supporting the nation of Israel from the Student Senate of Texas A&M University,” called upon the university to invest in Israel and to expand study-abroad opportunities for A&M students in Israel.

This is the second pro-Israel resolution passed by the Student Senate in two years but while last year’s resolution was the fourth in the nation, Aggie student senators wanted to be among the first this year.

Student senators Joseph Hood and Kasey Khoobiar sponsored the resolution, which was introduced by five members of the group Aggie Students Supporting Israel (ASSI). ASSI member Jacob Arnett was instrumental in the crafting and adoption of the resolution. Arnett stated, “Texas A&M continues to show its support for Israel. In this time of challenge for the state of Israel, it’s gratifying that my university supports the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, executive director of Hillel at Texas A&M stated, “Texas A&M continues to be a campus community that is very supportive of Israel. Along with that support of Israel comes a very welcoming environment for Jewish students.”


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!

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 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 –


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.)

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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


  • 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

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, 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 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.