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Holocaust Survivor Series on December 3

Join us for the third session of the Holocaust Survivor Lecture Series presented by Texas A&M Hillel on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in room 2300 of the Memorial Student Center. We will be joined by survivor Al Marks, who is originally from Rákoscsaba, Hungary.

Mr. Marks will be sharing his story of how he survived the Holocaust. After being sent to Auschwitz with his parents, he was quickly separated from his family, and never saw them again. Mr. Marks survived four separate concentration camps, until his liberation in May of 1945. Mr. Marks, who learned to play accordion by an elderly German woman at a displaced persons camp, partially credits music with his emotional recovery from the intense horrors he was forced to overcome. After arriving in New York in 1947, Mr. Marks moved to his current home in Houston, Texas.

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Student Leaders Support Israel

On Monday, November 10, dozens of student leaders from across Texas A&M were invited to a first-ever student leader dinner to learn about the importance of Israel. Congressman Bill Flores addressed the student leaders, which included the captain of the volleyball team to the president of College Republicans. The event was planned and hosted by the student board of Aggie Students Supporting Israel.

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Houston Ags Get Together

On Tuesday, November 11, several dozen Houston-area Jewish Ags, from the classes of the 1930s to the 2000s gathered at Kenny & Ziggy’s deli in Houston to hear Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, Veronica Beskin, and Paul and Tina Gardner give an update about recent activities at Aggie Hillel. Veronica, the Jewish Student Life Coordinator, discussed the plethora of recent programming being offered at Hillel and around Aggieland by Hillel, from themed Shabbat dinners to Jews With Brews at local restaurants for the 21+ crowd. Rabbi Matt discussed efforts to increase the Jewish student population at Texas A&M, Israel advocacy, and student leadership at Hillel. Mrs. Gardner followed up with some additional details about cooperation with Israeli academic institutions. Former students enjoyed tuna and egg salad sandwiches, potato latkes, and more. Recent graduates and Old Army Ags all enjoyed the evening of schmoozing and socializing and hearing the latest from Texas A&M Hillel. Stay tuned for future events like this by subscribing to our email newsletter and joining the Jewish Aggie Former Students group on Facebook.
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Challahween

On Friday, October 31, students at Hillel celebrated “Challahween,” a combination of Shabbat and Halloween with costumes and ghoulish dinner options. Dinner included meatloaf shaped like brains, “mummy dogs” (hot dogs cooked in a challah roll, the traditional spaghetti as guts, and more. Many students came in costume and celebrated the evening at Hillel. The Challahween celebration wasn’t just limited to the festive dinner, the closing hymn Adon Olam during Shabbat services was sung to the tune of the theme song to the Addams Family.
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Jonathan Rahmani, Member of the Hillel International Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Jonathan Rahmani, an exercise physiology major from Dallas, has been selected to serve on the Hillel International Board of Directors! More importantly, Jonathan is the loudest and proudest member of the fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2015.

In addition, Jonathan is the executive vice president of our Hillel student board, an active member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, a Hillel engagement intern, a member of the Texas A&M Interfraternity Council, and a student staff member at the Memorial Student Center on campus. Jonathan hopes to begin his career in Jewish communal service following graduation next May. As a member of the Hillel International Board of Directors, Jonathan will attend three board meetings held at Hillels around the country.

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Texas A&M at AIPAC National Summit

A group of more than a dozen Aggies were privileged to attend the AIPAC National Summit in Dallas on November 2-3 in Dallas, Texas. A&M was very-well represented by Jewish and non-Jewish student board members from our Israel advocacy group Aggie Students Supporting Israel along with the student body president, the student body vice president, the student government chief of staff, and the vice president of Texas A&M College Republicans.

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Challah for Hunger

We’re so excited to announce the launch of our chapter of Challah for Hunger under the leadership of Hillel student board member Hannah Humbert. Challah for Hunger is a nationwide organization affiliated with Hillels where students prepare, bake, and sell challah to support local charities.

Our first test sale was held in October but our November sale is ready for pre-orders! Regular and cranberry-flavored challah will be freshly baked and available for purchase and pickup on Sunday, November 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Hillel. Join our Challah for Hunger Facebook page to stay updated about future baking and purchasing opportunities.

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Sukkot at Hillel

Following the High Holy Days, Hillel students looked forward to celebrating Sukkot in Aggieland’s highest sukkah! The young men of Sigma Alpha Mu assisted in assembling the Hillel sukkah on the second floor patio of Hillel overlooking Kyle Field. A group of students then decorated the sukkah with paper chains, lights, and hanging plastic fruit and vegetables. We held several events in the sukkah, including first night of Sukkot services and dinner, Shabbat dinner, and Pizza in the Hut. While there were several days of rain in Aggieland, thankfully the weather was remarkable during our events and was nearly perfect for each evening’s celebration. Dozens of Aggie students were able to partake of the mitzvah of eating in the sukkah at some point during the holiday. Following Sukkot, Aggie Hillel looks forward to celebrating the end of the annual Torah reading cycle with the holiday of Simchat Torah, with a party to be held on Thursday, October 16.
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Summer Camp Jobs

Camp Young Judea

The rain is here, fall is upon us and next summer seems so far away, but at CYJ, we are already gearing up for summer 2015!  Work opportunities at CYJ allow you to meet and spend the summer with almost 150 staff from all over the world.  Positions range from counselor, lifeguard, photographer and unit head to office assistant, babysitter, medical assistant and logistics.  We offer all types of jobs for all types of people.  Please take a few minutes to check out our website and find out more about our program:  www.cyjtexas.org.  To chat and ask questions, you can contact Yael Twito, Assistant Camp Director at yael@cyjtexas.org.

 

Greene Family Camp

GFC will soon be accepting applications for a variety of camp positions.  Please visit their website for details. 

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Aggie Students Supporting Israel Launches

On Monday, September 15, Aggie Students Supporting Israel was officially launched with an evening event featuring three incredible speakers.  Student Body President Kyle Kelly gave a wonderful talk about his own love of Israel and his two trips to the country.  While our keynote speaker Congressman Bill Flores had to return to Washington D.C. a day earlier than expected, his deputy district director James Edge relayed Congressman Flores’ words of support for Aggie Students Supporting Israel.  Finally, we heard from Lisa LeBourgeois ’12, the social media coordinator and executive assistant for the Consul General of Israel in Houston about the need to advocate for Israel on social media and among students’ peers.  

We also got great press for the event, The Battalion covered our kickoff event with a front-page story on Monday! It was an amazing first event for Aggie Students Supporting Israel.  To stay up-to-date about Aggie Students Supporting Israel, join the Aggie Students Supporting Israel Facebook page.