Holocaust Survivor Speaks on Campus

Dallas-area Holocaust survivor Max Glauben, grandfather of current students Alec Becker and Delaney Becker, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday, April 9. Hillel’s Jewish Student Life Coordinator Veronica Beskin invited Glauben to speak and Hillel sponsored the event for the campus community. The event was well-covered by local media and garnered articles in The Battalion and The Eagle. The Battalion provided a preview of the event, which helped to increase the crowd. Unfortunately, more than thirty students had to be turned away from the event as the room capacity of 300 had been exceeded. This is the second in a series of Holocaust lectures sponsored by Hillel, in which we hope to bring a survivor to speak to campus each semester. For next fall, we will locate an even larger venue.

Daniel Rosenfield Elected New Student President

Mazal tov to Daniel Rosenfield of Plano on his election last night as our student board president for the 2014-2015 academic year! Dan (on the left in the above photo) is a rising sophomore and a member of the Corps of Cadets. He has served on our student board this year and was part of our delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference in March. Dan is in the midst of selecting the executive board, which will consist of a Vice President of Shabbat and Holidays, Vice President of Tzedakah, Vice President of Social, Vice President of Recruitment and Outreach, and Vice President of Israel Programming. Read more about Dan on the Student Board page. (In the above photo, Dan is on the far left, standing next to Student Body President Reid Joseph, outgoing Hillel Student President Riley Greenberg, and Rabbi Matt Rosenberg at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C. as part of our first contingent of Aggies at Policy Conference.)

Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben

Join us for Max Glauben’s life story of surviving the Holocaust on Wednesday, April 9 at from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at MSC 2406. Max is from Warsaw, Poland. He lost all of his family except for his father with whom Max was sent to forced labor camps and salt mines. His father did not survive, and Max came to the United States in 1946 as an orphan. Max is also the grandfather of Alec Becker and Delaney Becker, two current Texas A&M students. We have room for 300 in MSC 2406 so please invite your friends and your classes! Invite others or RSVP if you’d like on our Facebook event page.

Passover With Hillel

We’ll have two seders for Passover this year. On the first night (Monday, April 14), we’ll celebrate the Exodus from Egypt at Hillel beginning at 7 p.m. There is no cost for students but you must RSVP on Facebook or via email to Veronica at veronica@tamuhillel.org to attend. Jewish community members are invited to attend with a donation of $36 for adults and $18 for children under 13.

On the second night (Tuesday, April 15), students are invited to the seder at the home of our Corporate Board Co-Presidents, Paul and Tina Gardner beginning at 8 p.m. Space is extremely limited so please RSVP on Facebook or via email to Veronica.

Gender, Judaism, and The Limits of Forgiveness

Join us for a interactive and interdisciplinary symposium on Friday, February 21 from 3-5 p.m. on campus at Glasscock 311. The symposium will explore Emmanuel Levinas’ Talmudic essay “Toward The Other” and consider the following questions for their relevance today: Is everything forgivable? Is forgiveness, or the expectation of forgiveness, gendered? What role does forgiveness play in justice? Is revenge a form of justice? Rabbi Matt will join faculty from Texas A&M and other institutions in participating in this symposium.

Jews With Brews a Success

Our first monthly Jews with Brews event was very successful! All 14 of us met at Downtown Uncorked in Downtown Bryan. We schmoozed over some red wine, hummus, nachos and chocolate cheesecake. It was delicious to say the least!

Everyone mingled among each other, and met new friends. It was neat to see Jewish Aggies come together during the week to get to know one another better. We can’t wait for next month’s event already!

Thanks to Veronica for a fabulous first Jews with Brews event!

-Emily Schneider

Football, Friends, and Food

by Emily Schneider

Football, friends and food – these three things made for a great success of our community Super Bowl Party with Hillel, Chabad and Zeta Beta Sigma Sorority. We all gathered in the auditorium ready to watch the Broncos and Seahawks compete for the NFL championship title. But it was more than that. Friends were catching each other up on their weekend, others were multitasking between doing homework and watching the game. Either way, it brought a smile to Chabad’s Rabbi Yossi and Hillel’s Rabbi Matt to see everybody come together over something as simple as a football game.

Rabbi Matt drove to Houston the day of the big game to pickup sliced deli meat while Rabbi Yossi and Manya Lazaroff baked sandwich roles and cooked marinated chicken wings. The young women of Zeta Beta Sigma helped decorate the Hillel auditorium with Broncos and Seahawks banners. It was a wonderful get-together for the Jewish students at Texas A&M, and we hope to see you at our next get-together!

Israeli Soldiers’ Stories


On Tuesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. join us at Hillel for a very special event – Israeli Soldiers’ Stories. That evening, hear from two Israeli Defense Force soldiers about their lives and their experience in the IDF. This is an event not to be missed! For more information on StandWithUs’ Israeli Soldiers’ Stories program, visit their website.

Introducing Jews With Brews

For our Aggies who are 21 years old and up (and especially graduate students), we’re starting a new monthly social program called “Jews With Brews.” We’ll meet up at a local watering hole to schmooze among Jews. This Wednesday (Feb. 5) from 8 to 10 p.m. is the first Jews With Brews at Downtown Uncorked at 206 West 26th Street in Bryan. RSVP with Veronica Beskin at veronica@tamuhillel.org.