Among other topics, students and faculty asked president Young about increased study abroad opportunities in Israel, about the expansion of Hebrew as a foreign language, and about next fall’s impending campus carry policy. Young told the assembled group of over 100 that he was quite interested in hearing what the Jewish community had to say.
President Young’s visit to Hillel is the third university president to visit Hillel in the last decade. Robert Gates and Elsa A. Murano each visited Hillel during their terms in office. Michael Young started his tenure as president of Texas A&M on May 1, 2015.
It’s not too late to help though! Donations through January 15, 2016 will be matched (up to $50,000) so if you weren’t able to donate on Giving Tuesday, please consider a year-end gift to Hillel to support Jewish life in Aggieland! Donations can be made security online or please send a check to Hillel, 800 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Thanks and Gig ’em!
Cadets experience Shabbat services at the chapel, enjoy a Shabbat dinner, and attend a football game. The Jewish Warrior Weekend program was designed to give Jewish cadets a chance to build relationships with their future comrades-in-arms who are also “Members of the Tribe.” Cadets and midshipmen from West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), The Air Force Academy, The Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets attended the 2015 Jewish Warrior Weekend. The participation of A&M cadets was generously sponsored by the Corps of Cadets.
As Chief of Staff, I have really enjoyed helping guide the Student Board in planning social events, religious events, and Friday night services. On a personal note, just a few weeks ago I received my Aggie Ring. Rabbi Matt Rosenberg and Danielle Freedman accompanied me to collect my “little ring made of gold,” and helped me celebrate one of the most exciting experiences of my Aggie life. Both Rabbi Matt and Danielle have helped me grow as a leader at Hillel and in my studies, so their attendance was valued tremendously. As I finish up my last year at A&M, and even in the future, I expect that Hillel will continue to be an essential part of my life and I look forward to all of the experiences this organization has to offer. -Rebecca Waronoff ’16
This is the second pro-Israel resolution passed by the Student Senate in two years but while last year’s resolution was the fourth in the nation, Aggie student senators wanted to be among the first this year.
Student senators Joseph Hood and Kasey Khoobiar sponsored the resolution, which was introduced by five members of the group Aggie Students Supporting Israel (ASSI). ASSI member Jacob Arnett was instrumental in the crafting and adoption of the resolution. Arnett stated, “Texas A&M continues to show its support for Israel. In this time of challenge for the state of Israel, it’s gratifying that my university supports the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Rabbi Matt Rosenberg, executive director of Hillel at Texas A&M stated, “Texas A&M continues to be a campus community that is very supportive of Israel. Along with that support of Israel comes a very welcoming environment for Jewish students.”
Our four students attended engagement institute, which provides training to our cadre of engagement interns to meet Jewish students over coffee and talk to them about their Jewish journey. Our Aggie interns-to-be and Rabbi Matt joined with students and staff from Miami University of Ohio and Mizzou for three days of training that culminated in a massive Hillel Shabbaton.
New Hillel staffers Danielle Freedman and Lena Lieb participated in new professionals training, designed to connect new professionals to the Hillel International mission, goals, and network. Rabbi Matt also participated in Israel Action Program training to learn more about supporting Israel on campus. Overall it was a incredibly successful Hillel Institute that helped the entire Aggie Hillel team get ready for the upcoming semester!