Last week Texas A&M Hillel had to pleasure of hosting Professor Shelley Wachsmann for our first Israel Coffee Talk in our monthly series. Dr. Wachsmann grew up in an Orthodox family with a father as a rabbi. At the young age of fourteen Professor Wachsmann was sent to seminary school in Chicago, which he was promptly kicked out of after one year. However, he finished his Jewish education at a Jewish high school.
Upcoming events to look forward to include…
- EVERY Tuesday 1-3pm: Chilling with D. Free. Meet up with Danielle at the MSC Starbucks for free coffee.
- Wednesday, February 3, 8-10:30 pm: Cookies and Keeping the Faith. Come decorate cookies and watch a romantic comedy in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
- EVERY Thursday 9-10am: Torah Thursday with Rabbi Matt at Blue Baker. This Thursday and every Thursday meet Rabbi Matt at Blue Baker on Dominik for a bagel and Torah study.
- Thursday, February 4, 7-8pm: Israel Coffee talk at Hillel Our first in a series of Israel Coffee talks, you don’t want to miss this with Dr. Shelley Waschmann to talk about Biblical archaeology in Israel.
- Friday, February 5, 6:30pm: Chinese New Year Shabbat
- Friday, February 12-14: Aggie Jewish Open House. Events include Shabbat at Hillel, Dinner at Chabad, Aggieland Saturday, and Havdalah at Hillel.
- Saturday, February 27: Habitat for Humanity. Contact Danielle if you are interested or for more information.
by Hope Beitchman, Hillel Marketing and Communications Intern
“Forty Americans. Eight Israelis. One family.” Over winter break more than two-dozen Jewish aggies traveled to Israel on birthright! A joint trip between Texas A&M Hillel and Rohr Chabad at Texas A&M, this trip marks our largest, and first joint trip containing of Aggies.
However, aside from the thirteen-hour plane ride, upon landing in Israel I didn’t notice anything immediately different besides Hebrew writing on the signs. It wasn’t until the next day when we had our first Shabbat that I felt like I was out of the United States. We had our first Shabbat in the basement of a hotel. Although we didn’t have services in a fancy temple or at Hillel, it was still special. The next afternoon we had Havdallah services in the lobby. In America, if you were to do this someone would complain and likely ask you to leave. However in Israel, the opposite happened. People joined us! This was when I really felt like I was in Israel. It was so nice not to be part of the minority, if only for two weeks.
by Riley Greenberg ’14
I heard about Hillel the same way that every incoming Jewish freshman does- my grandmother, of course! Not wanting to disappoint my bubbe, right after moving into my dorm I marched myself across George Bush Drive and peered into the dark windows of the oddest looking building I’d ever seen. To use one word, it was ~brown~. To use another word, it was ~triangular~. There were weird windows and the steep sloping roof of the main area basically touched the ground. Despite all of this character, the building was empty. No cars were in the gravel parking lot, no bikes were on the racks, and no humans were wandering the halls (in retrospect, there might’ve been vermin of the non-human variety roaming). Curious, but unfazed, I chocked this up to it being two weeks before school actually started… I would have to make my return with the masses. You mark my words, silly looking Hillel building. I will be back.