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Feb
15
Mon
Ben Azzai: Social Justice Through a Jewish Lens
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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.

Game Night
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

Join us for a night of board games, Chinese food, and FUN! Sponsored by the Reform Community.

Sweet Valentine
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a post-valentines and post-Greek recruitment evening. This event is OPEN TO EVERYONE and serves as an opportunity for you to meet and mingle with fellow Greek memebers from differnet sororities and fraternaties.
At the event:
*Dessert reception
*Performance by Jewish rapper, Kosha Dillz
*UBER giveaways
*Birthright Israel giveaways
*And more!

OU-JLIC Beit Midrash Night
Feb 15 @ 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!

A World in Conflict – an Israel Coffee Breaks Discussion
Feb 15 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Pro-Israel activists often argue that Israel receives inordinate attention. Pro-Palestinian activists counter that the situation between Israelis and Arabs is unique.

How unique is the conflict? How excessive the attention? We’ll examine some other regional conflicts around the world to find out:

1. Yemen, 2015-present
In early 2015, a Yemeni sect called the Houthis rebelled against the central government in Sana’a and seized the capital. Gripped by civil war, the country became the target of a foreign military intervention led by Saudi Arabia, which sees the Houthis as a tool of Iran. The war continues to this day and has produced disastrous humanitarian consequences.
Further reading:
http://www.cfr.org/yemen/yemen-crisis/p36488
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29319423

2. Nagorno-Karabakh, 1988-present
28 years ago, no one thought the Soviet Union would one day disappear from the map. What started as ethnic violence between two peoples in the same country turned into a full scale war between two independent countries – Armenia and Azerbaijan – in 1992 after the U.S.S.R. collapsed. Despite a 1994 ceasefire, violence still occurs along the border and hundreds of thousands of refugees were displaced. An international commission, the OSCE Minsk Group, has failed to conclusively settle the dispute. Armenia and Azerbaijan are wedged between Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and the conflict could impact energy issues too.
Further reading:
http://www.cfr.org/armenia/nagorno-karabakh-crisis-caucasus/p9148
http://www.cfr.org/global/global-conflict-tracker/p32137#!/conflict/nagorno-karabakh-conflict
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/america-must-stop-ignoring-the-south-caucuses-13093

3. Northern Mali, 2012-15
Mali is a West African country. In 2012, an ethnic conflict broke out between the central government and Taureg rebels. Radical Islamic forces eventually entered the fray. In 2013, France deployed its armed forces to the country, which was once a French colony. Mali and a coalition of Taureg groups eventually reached a ceasefire agreement, but terrorist attacks in the capital may have been an attempt by extremists to squander chances for a solution.
http://www.cfr.org/global/global-conflict-tracker/p32137#!/conflict/destabilization-of-mali
http://www.cfr.org/mali/mali-conflict-three-things-know/p29824

4. Belgium, 2007-11
In 2010, Belgians took more than a year to form a government, breaking a record previously set by Iraq.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/01/589-days-with-no-elected-government-what-happened-in-belgium/

Feb
16
Tue
Koach Speaker on Healthy Relationships
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join Koach for an educational speaker, Jaclyn’s mom! Pizza will be included

Contact: Jaclyn Platt
Email: [email protected]

Feb
17
Wed
Space Israel comes to Rutgers
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The time has come for an Israeli spacecraft to land on the moon!

Hear from Yonatan Winetraub, co-founder of SpaceIL, a leading contender in the International Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition

Presented by Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement and Honors College – Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Please RSVP to Barbara Cohen at [email protected]

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/558703704299196/

OU-JLIC Chinese Food Men’s Shiur
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feb
18
Thu
Jews Your Own Adventure
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 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]

Mesorah TGIT-2x the Learning
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Let’s Thank God Its Thursday and learn in two different ways

At 8PM Come and hear a shiur from a speaker
At 9PM Come to an Open Beit Midrash and learn with a buddy whatever you want in the Hillel Beit Midrash.

Once a month the speaker will be a student.
There WILL be snacks!

Sponsored by Rutgers Mesorah, the Orthodox Community at Rutgers Hillel.

Feb
19
Fri
Hospital Visits to St. Peters!!!
Feb 19 @ 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 GSL
Feb 19 @ 5:20 pm – 5:20 pm
Reform & Conservative Shabbat Services
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Free Shabbat Dinner w/ Sharsheret
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm

Contact: Evan Finkelstein
Email: [email protected]

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm

Come celebrate Shabbat Dinner with Graduate Hillel. We’ll have our own table reserved so that we can eat and celebrate together.
If you would like to participate in Shabbat services please feel free to join Reform/Conservative at 5:30pm or Orthodox at 5:00pm.

Shabbat Snacks and Discussion!
Feb 19 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Come get together and have an amazing discussion on different meanings and observances of Shabbat! Hear the perspectives of your peers in an open and nonjudgmental environment! Snacks will be provided!

Co-sponsored by Hillel Education and Shabbat committees.

Feb
20
Sat
Mesorah/Orthodox Shabbat Morning Services
Feb 20 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

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

Koach/Conservative Saturday Morning Services & lunch!
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am

Contact: Jaclyn Platt
Email: [email protected]

Rabbi Frieberg’s Class
Feb 20 @ 11:30 am – 11:30 am

Contact: Rabbi Adam Frieberg
Email: [email protected]

Shabbat lunch at the Friebergs (sponsored by OU-JLIC)
Feb 20 @ 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 20 @ 5:10 pm – 5:10 pm
Freshmen and Sophomore Trivia and Dinner with Mesorah!
Feb 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come one, Come All Freshmen!
Do you think you know a lot? Think you have what it takes to compete in an epic Trivia Competition?

Come and battle it out while eating dinner!
Who knows you might even win the ability to pie someone in the face!

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

Feb
21
Sun
Masquerade Prom! with Mesorah
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the Holiday of Purim Katan!

Come decked out in your finest to a Masquerade Ball/Prom!

Sponsored By Rutgers Mesorah, the Orthodox Community at Rutgers Hillel.

Feb
22
Mon
Ben Azzai: Social Justice Through a Jewish Lens
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 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.

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come to Hillel to make chicken soup for hospice patients at the Stein Hospice.