Faces of Israel Movie

Join Hillel and Congregation Beth Shalom on Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. to meet director Amy Beth Oppenheimer and to watch and discuss her fascinating documentary, Faces of Israel.

Faces of Israel is an exciting educational program that explores the nature of Israel as a Jewish state today. The program specifically focuses on questions of Jewish identity, religious pluralism and civil liberties in Israel. Faces of Israel is highly interactive and comprises presentation, news updates, questions, stories, discussion and film-viewing. Faces of Israel director Amy Beth Oppenheimer frequently travels to Jewish communities to present the program, facilitate conversation and spark dialogue about religion and state issues in Israel today.

No RSVP is needed and all members of the community with an interest in modern Israel are welcome to attend. The movie and discussion will take place in Hillel’s auditorium/theater on the first floor.

Texas A&M to Open a Branch in Israel

Hillel at Texas A&M is proud to be part of the announcement today that Texas A&M University has signed an agreement with Israel to open a branch campus in Nazareth. Rabbi Peter Tarlow, former executive director of Hillel and currently director of the new Center for Hispanic-Jewish Relations, was instrumental in the development of the agreement signed today at the residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Rabbi Tarlow made multiple trips to Israel to negotiate between Texas A&M and the state of Israel. Governor Rick Perry and Chancellor John Sharp were in Israel for the signing of this historic agreement, which will make Texas A&M the first American university with a branch campus in Israel. Hillel at Texas A&M looks forward to Rabbi Tarlow’s return and for information about how this exciting new opportunity will impact Texas A&M and Hillel!


In the photo, Rabbi Peter Tarlow presents a Texas A&M kippah to Governor Rick Perry as Rabbi Tarlow’s son Nathaniel Tarlow looks on.

Here is a news release from the Texas A&M University System regarding the new campus.

Israel Lunch and Learn Monday

jnfCome to Hillel on Monday, October 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a free pizza lunch and a special conversation with Tali Tzour, the Israeli Emissary to the Jewish National Fund in New York and New Jersey.  In this conversation, open to students, staff, faculty, and community members, Tali will provide a general update on Israel and will answer questions about the state.  Born and raised in Jerusalem, Tali spent her army years as a member of the Nachal Brigade and during the course of her service helped found a new community in the Galil, one that still stands today.

Mocha Mondays

Every Monday at 6 p.m., join your Hillel friends for some coffee at Sweet Eugene’s House of Java, located at 1702 George Bush Drive East, near the intersection of Harvey and Texas. The first ten Hillel students who arrive get a free beverage, on Hillel. Come and schmooze, stay and study in the comfortable and relaxing environment of Sweet Eugene’s.

Kol Nidre Sermon

Kol Nidre Sermon 5774

Ben Deutsch, Vice-Prime Minister of Hillel at Texas A&M

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The day we ask for forgiveness from G-d for sinning against him. We pray and we fast so that G-d would forgive us for committing the sins against him. But only some of the sins that we have committed have been against G-d. We also sin against people, when we lie, cheat, and break rules that people have set for us.

Sukkot Events

Please join us throughout Sukkot for fun and educational opportunities at Hillel!


Wednesday, Sept. 18 – 7 p.m. – Pizza in the Hut – Quick evening services for the holiday in the sukkah followed by make-your-own pizzas. Enjoy eating outside with all your Hillel friends!

Friday, Sept. 20 – 6 p.m. – Shabbat in the Sukkah – Schmoozing at 6 p.m., services at 6:30, and dinner at 7:30 in the Hillel sukkah.

Sunday, Sept. 22 – 1:30 p.m. – Dessert in the Sukkah – After lunch, come enjoy dessert in the Sukkah with families from Congregation Beth Shalom.

Monday, Sept. 23 – 8 p.m. Hukkah in the Sukkah – BYOH or enjoy a friend’s.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – 7 p.m. – Dinner and History Through Maps – Israel history program with StandWithUs, an Israel advocacy organization! Did we mention dinner too?

Thursday, Sept. 26 – 8 p.m. Simchat Torah Dance Party with Chabad – At Chabad (201 Live Oak St.)

See our complete calendar for details, updates, or changes (better yet, download the calendar to your phone or computer to know exactly what’s going on at Hillel all the time)!

An Evening With Ernest Wertheim

The entire community is invited to a conversation with world-renowned landscape architect and Holocaust survivor Ernest Wertheim at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 at Hillel. Please RSVP to Jonathan Rahmani if you would like to attend – jon.rahmani@gmail.com.


Hillel is extremely grateful to the Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences for sponsoring Mr. Wertheim’s visit to College Station and to Hillel.

Introduction to Judaism

As Rabbi Matt mentioned in his Yom Kippur sermon, continual adult Jewish learning is incumbent upon all of us. With that in mind, please join Rabbi Matt for an introductory course about Judaism (almost) every Tuesday night from 8-9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, October 8. Classes are free for students and a $10 per class donation is requested of non-students. Everyone is welcome to attend each class or individual topics of interest. Here is the tentative schedule for the remainder of the fall semester…


October 8 – The Jewish Calendar

October 15 – The Torah & Commentaries

No Class October 22

October 29 – Shabbat

November 5 – Keeping Kosher (No Class Due to Special Hillel Student Board Meeting)

November 12 – Synagogue & Prayer

November 19 – The Siddur

November 26 – Hanukkah (No Class Due to Thanksgiving Break)

December 3 – Hanukkah


Following winter break the course will resume on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 and delve into Jewish history, the High Holy Days, Passover, Sukkot, Shavuot, fast days, and so much more! No textbook is required; students seeking to learn more will be provided with reading suggestions and can meet with Rabbi Matt for one-on-one learning.


Comedy Night at Hillel

We’re going to be hosting comedian Benji Lovitt on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. Benji is a Texan who made aliyah to Israel a few years ago. His hilarious routine about Israel, Texas, and more will truly make your night. The comedy night is free to all Texas A&M students with identification. Non-students are welcome to attend by paying a $10 donation at the door. RSVPs are required to jon.rahmani@gmail.com.