Howdy From the AJC Global Forum

A note from Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communication Intern: Howdy Aggies! Last week I had the opportunity to go to AJC (American Jewish Committee) Global Forum in Washington D.C. with Danielle, Hillel’s student life coordinator. AJC is widely known for their global Jewish advocacy and at the conference we were able to hear from many speakers that have made the world a better place for the next generation and taught us how to follow in their footsteps.

We heard from politicians, such as a group of mayors who have signed an agreement to make anti-Semitism a crime (an initiative started by AJC), from Vian Dakhill, a member of Iraqi Parliament who has successfully freed her citizens from the clutches of ISIS and was awarded AJC’s Moral Courage Award, and from Senator Ted Cruz, who told us about his plans to combat BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel’s economy) in both the academic and commercial worlds.

We also heard from journalists, such as Soledad Cedro, a Latina journalist who traveled to Israel with Project Interchange and produced an Emmy award-winning, five-part series entitled “Israel, Much More Than a War” to show people the side of Israel that is not portrayed in the media.

Additionally we heard from a panel of students who fought BDS on their own college campuses at San Diego, Barnard, and Northwestern. From them we learned that it should not be considered a crisis, and how to handle the issue if it should occur on our own campus.

From the Global Forum I learned how to become more of an advocate, how to combat anti-Semitism and BDS, and so much more! I look forward to the amazing year we have ahead of us at Hillel! Have a happy and safe rest of your summer!

Texas A&M Remembers The Holocaust

by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communication Intern

Texas A&M ended the 2015-2016 school year with a series of events on campus that remembered the Holocaust.

On April 18, Dallas-based Holocaust survivor Rosa Blum spoke to a standing- and sitting- room only audience in the Memorial Student Center. Blum’s visit was sponsored by Hillel and attended by nearly 300 students. Local television news covered Blum’s story of her experience as a young woman in Auschwitz. Blum was born in Romania in 1928 and was transported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war, she returned to Romania but received a visa for the United States in 1950. She moved to Dallas and worked for decades as a seamstress for Neiman-Marcus. This was Blum’s first visit to College Station.

A&M Sports Its Largest Delegation at AIPAC Policy Conference

Eleven Aggies, including four student government leaders, attended and participated in the AIPAC Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. March 20-22. The cohort of students and Hillel staff learned from top U.S. government and Israeli leaders about all aspect of the U.S.-Israel relationship, including top presidential candidates. On the last day of the conference, students spent time lobbying at Congressional and Senate offices. Student leader Dan Rosenfield participated in a panel discussion titled, “How We Will Win on Campus.” We expect to have an even larger contingent of students representing Texas A&M at AIPAC Policy Conference next March 26-28, 2017!

April is a Big Month for Israel at Texas A&M

Israel has been a major focus at Texas A&M this month, culminating in an Israel Fair on campus on Wednesday, April 13.

On April 5, Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director of the Givat Haviva National Education Campus, the Center for Shared Society and Jewish-Arab Center for Peace, joined Hillel students and staff for brunch prior to meetings with campus officials to further expand the Texas A&M and Israel relationship.

Aggie Israel Fair a Success

by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communications Intern

On April 13th Texas A&M Hillel and Aggie Students Supporting Israel hosted our second annual Israel Fair in Rudder Plaza! With hundreds students in attendance, the event was a huge success!

The event served as a tour through Israeli life, starting by getting a “passport” at the welcome table that would be stamped at each table you attended. When completed you could turn in your stamped passport for giveaways such as t-shirts, phone cases, wristbands, candy and more! The event also featured authentic live music and a photo wall in front of a mock Western Wall. Tables included…

Passover at Hillel

Hillel is excited to announce the times of our annual Passover Seders for students and for the community. Our first night seder will take place at Hillel on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 and the second night seder will take place at the home of the Vice President for Student Affairs on Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m. There is no cost for students but you must reserve your spot on our Facebook events (first night and second night) or via email to Rabbi Matt (rabbimatt@tamuhillel.org) to attend. Jewish community members are invited to attend with a contribution of no less than $36 for adults and $18 for children under 13.

Artists 4 Israel on Campus

by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communications Intern

On Tuesday, March 8, Texas A&M Hillel and Aggie Students Supporting Israel hosted Artists 4 Israel fon Simpson Drill Field at Texas A&M University. We invited a select group of artists that are internationally recognized for their graffiti work. Their goal was to come to campus to paint a giant pro-peace mural while instructing students in how to create their own spray painted message of support.

Israel Soldiers Tour Visits A&M

by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communications Intern

On Thursday February 18th, Hillel and Aggie Students Supporting Israel had the pleasure of hosting two Israeli soldiers as a part of Stand With Us and the Israel Soldiers Tour to tell their stories about their life and the reality of their time in the Israel Defense Force.

Aggie Jewish Open House a Success

by Hope Beitchman, Hillel Marketing and Communications Intern

Last weekend Texas A&M Hillel worked with Rohr Chabad, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority to kick off our fifth annual Aggie Jewish Open House. The weekend is designed to show high school and prospective students what college life at Texas A&M is really like, and specifically the Jewish life at Texas A&M.