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Feb
8
Mon
Ben Azzai: Social Justice Through a Jewish Lens
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm

“Ben Azzai*: Social Justice through a Jewish Lens” is a program that was formed in the Spring 2015 semester at Rutgers to help students explore the topics of current social justice issues & debates, while examining what Judaism has to say about these discussions. Each semester, we will choose a different issue on which to focus. For the first half of the semester we will be continuing with our topic from last semester of COMBATTING ISLAMAPHOBIA, and then in March we will be picking a new topic.

While this group will be investigating the Jewish perspective on many topics, we strongly encourage those from other religious/non-religious backgrounds to join us in our meetings and initiatives!

*WHY BEN AZZAI?
Simon Ben Azzai (or Simon, the son of Azzai) was a second century sage.

The Sifra (a collection of rabbinic commentary on the book of Leviticus) presents a debate between Rabbi Akiva and Ben Azzai about what is the most central principle of the Torah.

Rabbi Akiva said that “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) is the most important principle. During his time, however, Jews only lived in community with other Jews; they had no different neighbors.

Ben Azzai responds to say that an even more important principle is “This is the book of the generations of Adam” (Genesis 5:1). He reminds us that the story of the world is not the story of any one particular people, but of all people, everywhere, since we all descend from a common source. Social justice demands that we respond to all those in need, whether they are like us or not.

Inspired by his empathy and wisdom, we are Ben Azzai.

Israel Coffee Break- Diplomatic Distress
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*FREE FOOD*
*OPEN DISCUSSION*

Come join your peers for an exciting discussion on Israeli politics! This is an open discussion and an opportunity to share your opinion on this controversial topic and hear from others.

Israel and Europe seem to be engaged in a political battle of wills. In November, the European Union announced that it would label products from Israeli companies in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights as “Made in the West Bank – Israeli Settlement,” “Made in the Golan Heights – Israeli Settlement” – as opposed to “Made in Israel.” Settlement products account for just 2 percent of Israel’s exports to EU countries, but the move has attracted Jerusalem’s ire. The Israeli government claims a double standard by the EU, citing a lack of similar policy related to military occupations in Western Sahara, Northern Cyprus, and claims the move will advance anti-Israel boycotts while hurting Palestinians employed by Israeli businesses operating beyond the 1967 borders. Israel also suspended political contacts with the EU related to the Israeli-Palestinian process. The EU, for its part, has never recognized Israeli sovereignty beyond Israel’s 1967 borders. The policy has garnered the support of major EU governments, includng Germany, typically Israel’s closest ally in the bloc. The U.S. government also offered tacit support for the policy.

Another diplomatic episode is now unfolding between Israel and France. Paris aims to set up an international peace conference to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be attended by representatives of the United States, as well as European and Arab countries. However, if the conference fails and negotiations do not advance, France has threatened to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Israel rejected the French ultimatum, and said it would support direct negotiations, but not the multinational conference pushed by France.

OU-JLIC Beit Midrash Night
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join Rabbi and Sara Frieberg and Rabbi Scott and Sara Hoberman for a weekly beit midrash night! Multiple small learning groups will be offered. And great food!

Feb
9
Tue
Rosh Hodesh with Koach
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – Feb 9 @ 11:00 pm

Come join Koach and Masorti on Campus for a festive Rosh Chodesh service including a spirited Hallel and a delicious breakfast!

Contact: Michal Karlin
Email: [email protected]

Mesorah Mishmar on a NEW night with R’ Kahn from Gush!
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Come and learn with R’ Kahn from Gush!

To Be Accompanied by Food!

Sponsored by Rutgers Mesorah, the Orthodox community at Rutgers Hillel!

Feb
10
Wed
Ladies’ Rosh Chodesh Paint Night with OU-JLIC
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Let’s Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar I with an awesome Girls’ Night Out!!!! Join OU-JLIC for a Paint Night taught by our very own Helene Brenenson!!!

Here’s the deal….We have 20 spots at an awesome subsidized rate of $10! That includes all materials (and yummy snacks of course!).
IMPORTANT: In order to secure your spot you must give your $10 to Sara or Rabbi Frieberg before hand. An RSVP on facebook does not secure your spot. Be in touch with us to get the money to us, or stop by Hillel!

We will work out plans for rides closer to the date, but if you have a car and are coming please let Sara Frieberg know!

OU-JLIC Chinese Food Men’s Shiur
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
11
Thu
Jews Your Own Adventure
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm

This class offers a different kind of Jewish education centered around on weekly discussion-based learning. You will be introduced to a variety of different Jewish topics including Torah, kashrut, prayer, and history.

This class is open to Jews of all backgrounds who wish to explore their identity among a diverse group of Jewish students.

If you are interested in joining for a particular class, please contact Sarah Magida at [email protected]

Open Learning for Ezra Schwartz Tanakh Project
Feb 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you signed up for the Tanakh Project in Memory of Ezra Schwartz, but haven’t found time to learn yet? Have you been waiting to sign up because you don’t know where to begin? Are you looking for more time to continue your learning? If any of these apply to you, we’re offering an opportunity for open study. This event is not required to participate in the Tanakh Project.

To sign up, see:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sw91XygCd2tNMUJZStZy9yGVIl5pkS8hR00kcTM_no4/edit#gid=0

Social Event: Icy Hot Night
Feb 11 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
12
Fri
Limmud NY: Pluralistic Jewish Learning Festival!
Feb 12 all-day

Rutgers students will be attending Limmud NY, an annual conference celebrating Jewish learning, diversity and community! This event brings together hundreds of Jews from all denominations and backgrounds to learn together through music, art, text study, discussion, hands-on workshops, performances and more! Visit http://limmudny.org to learn more. Contact Gilana Levavi or Steve Gotlib or email [email protected] if you’d like to come!

Hospital Visits to St. Peters!!!
Feb 12 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Walking groups will be made to walk to the hospital and visit the Jewish patients before Shabbat. Meet at the corner of Senior St. and College Ave. at 1:45 pm to walk to St. Peters!
For more info or if you have any questions, text Jacob Holdowsky at 848-565-4058

Mesorah Shabbat Services in the Red Lion Cafe
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shabbat Services
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Free Outer Space-Themed Shabbat Dinner
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm

Come join Rutgers Hillel for a FREE* Shabbat dinner in the Brower Commons Faculty Dining Room! In preparation for Space Israel’s visit to Rutgers on 2/17, the theme will be OUTER SPACE!

**Shabbat dinner is free for current Rutgers undergraduates and Middlesex County College students. Guests should come to the Hillel building, 9 Bartlett Street, during weekday business hours to purchase a guest pass.

Contact: Evan Finkelstein
Email: [email protected]

OU-JLIC Tisch
Feb 12 @ 9:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
13
Sat
Limmud NY: Pluralistic Jewish Learning Festival!
Feb 13 all-day

Rutgers students will be attending Limmud NY, an annual conference celebrating Jewish learning, diversity and community! This event brings together hundreds of Jews from all denominations and backgrounds to learn together through music, art, text study, discussion, hands-on workshops, performances and more! Visit http://limmudny.org to learn more. Contact Gilana Levavi or Steve Gotlib or email [email protected] if you’d like to come!

Koach/Conservative services and lunch in Highland Park
Feb 13 @ 9:15 am – 9:15 am

Koach/Conservative community meets at 9:15am at Hillel to walk to Minyan Tiferet for services, and then lunch in Highland Park.

Contact: Rabbi Esther Reed
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 732-545-2407 x404

Mesorah/Orthodox Shabbat Morning Services
Feb 13 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

Join Mesorah for Shachrit and Mussaf every week, followed by Kiddush!

Rabbi Frieberg’s Class
Feb 13 @ 11:30 am – 11:30 am

Contact: Rabbi Adam Frieberg
Email: [email protected]

Shabbat lunch at the Friebergs (sponsored by OU-JLIC)
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Enjoy a free, delicious Shabbat lunch at the Frieberg home.

Contact: Sara Frieberg
Email: [email protected]

Mesorah/Orthodox Mincha followed by Seudah Shlisheet
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm
OU-JLIC Trip to the YU Sefarim Sale
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Contact Rabbi Adam or Sara Frieberg if you’d like to secure your spot in a car to come to the YU Sefarim sale and hang out with OU-JLIC students from multiple campuses with free pizza!

Post-Shabbat Pizza & Ice Cream Party/Melave Malka
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come to Hillel and extend the joy of Shabbat with free pizza and ice cream!

Contact: Evan Finkelstein
Email: [email protected]

Feb
14
Sun
Limmud NY: Pluralistic Jewish Learning Festival!
Feb 14 all-day

Rutgers students will be attending Limmud NY, an annual conference celebrating Jewish learning, diversity and community! This event brings together hundreds of Jews from all denominations and backgrounds to learn together through music, art, text study, discussion, hands-on workshops, performances and more! Visit http://limmudny.org to learn more. Contact Gilana Levavi or Steve Gotlib or email [email protected] if you’d like to come!