Giving Tuesday is a global movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season which takes places on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For the last two years, Texas Hillel and Texas A&M Hillel have competed to see which Hillel can raise the most money on Giving Tuesday. Thank you to all who donated!
Divided by Tradition. United in Giving.
What is #GivingTuesday?#GivingTuesday is a global movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season. On Tuesday, November 29, you can make a big impact on Jewish Life in Aggieland with a donation to Hillel.
What We’re DoingFor the second year in a row, Hillel at Texas A&M is going head-to-head with t.u. Hillel in the second #HillelShowdown, a 24-hour giving challenge to kick off the giving season. We are competing for total number of donations and total dollars to see which Hillel is most spirited in giving back. We have to keep our 1-0 record against the Longhorns, Ags!
Ways to Get Involved
- Show your support with other Jewish Aggies by making an online donation to Hillel at Texas A&M on November 29, #GivingTuesday.
- Thanks to a generous donor, donations will be matched to double the impact of your donation!
- Share why you are giving to Hillel at Texas A&M on Facebook or Twitter, using #GivingTuesday and #HillelShowdown to show your support for Hillel at Texas A&M.
- Let friends and family know too so they can get involved!
Tuesday night, we had the honor of hosting Holocaust survivor and Aggie Grandfather, Max Galuben. The 88-year-old survivor shared his story and spoke out against genocide to a standing room only crowd in the Memorial Student Center. Glauben has endured many horrors including the Warsaw Ghetto, the Maidanek, Budzyn, Mielec, Wieliczka, and Flossenburg Concentration Camps, and the “Death March to Dachau”.
- 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 at 7:33 p.m.
A 13′ tall flag that read “Shalom Y’all” that once stood proudly outside of Texas A&M Hillel and was stolen on August 24 and was quickly returned, thanks to the power of social media.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!