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Apr
25
Fri
Halacha Class – Jewish Law
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Come start your day off right at Rutgers with a little Torah! Join our daily morning class immediately following prayers for a short half hour or so studying the “Aruch HaShulchan,” the famous work of acclaimed 19th century halachic decisor Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, as we explore some wonderfully insightful and practical elements of Jewish daily living. We begin this week (Siman 46) with “Birchos HaShachar” – the blessing one recites when they arise in the morning, their sources and meaning and why we say (or shouldn’t say) the ones we say. From there we will continue with “Birchos HaTorah” (Siman 47) – the blessings said prior to reciting or learning Torah and whether that blessing is biblical or rabbinic in origin (big debate!) and whether women are required to make that blessing or not before learning Torah.Breakfast bagels and cereals are available for those who attend. 

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky
Email: *protected email*

Israel Coffee Break
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

come meet the Center for Israel Engagement staff at Au Bon Pain for free coffee during the Israel Coffee Hour!  Bring friends, hang out, and relax before the weekend.  we look forward to seeing you there! 

Contact: Diana Diner
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 732 545 2407

Reform Weekly Hangout
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Reform Community for a hangout every week either at ABP on College Ave or Dunkin’ Donuts on Livingston!

Contact: Kelsey Maxwell
Email: *protected email*

Shabbat Services
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm

Mesorah/Orthodox: 2nd floor Multipurpose Room @ Hillel Reform: Red Lion Cafe (basement of Rutgers Student Center on College Ave) Koach/Conservative: Beit Midrash/Library @ Hillel

Free “Luau” Shabbat Dinner
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm

Wear your Hawaiian shirt and get “lei-ed”!

Contact: Seth Deneroff
Email: *protected email*

Apr
26
Sat
Mincha/Seudat shlishit/maariv
Apr 26 all-day
Orthodox Services
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am
Rabbi Weiss’s Parsha Class
Apr 26 @ 11:45 am
Shabbat lunch at the Weisses (sponsored by OU-JLIC)
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm

Bring your friends and enjoy a homemade Shabbat meal at the Weisses home – 76 Jefferson Ave every week starting at 1pm! There will be a waking group from Hillel each week after the Rabbi’s class leaving at 12:30pm. 

Contact: Nataly
Email: *protected email*

Malava Malka
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Spring-themed hangout with tie-die main attraction.

Shabbat Ends
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm
SNL
Apr 26 @ 8:30 pm

Saturday Night Learning (SNL) will happen every Saturday night! FREE Pizza and learning – you DON’T want to miss it!

Contact: Nataly
Email: *protected email*

Apr
27
Sun
Blood Drive!
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Yes, that’s right! Hillel is hosting another blood drive…and this time we’re doing it at the Catholic Student Center! If you’re eligible to donate then we definitely hope to see you there, but even if you’re not we’ll need tons of help tabling and attracting attention outside the house (since the weather should be nice). We’ll also need help getting people set up as they come in and with distributing snacks post donation. 

Contact: Shira Rosenblum
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 862 216 3889

Yom Hashoah Program
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This year’s Yom Hashoa program is taking a unique approach by integrating several perspectives and approaches to attempt to create a more rounded understanding of the Holocaust and the factors leading up to its implementation.The program will include:A performance of Lida Stein and the Righteous GentileGuest speaker David Tuck, a Holocaust survivorMemorial ServiceLight refreshments will be servedPlay: Lida Stein and the Righteous Gentile, is a 55 minute play that follows “ordinary” people from “ordinary” families caught up in the extraordinary political and social upheaval of the Nazi era. It focuses on the relationship between Lida Stein, a Jewish teenage girl, and her best friend Dora Krause, a German teenage girl. Lida’s parents are forced (by Nazi decrees which are announced throughout the play by a Nazi officer) to give up their daughter to the Krause family who have agreed to hide them. Lida continues to learn her school lessons from Dora’s mother. Gradually Dora becomes a staunch Hitler supporter and becomes extremely racist and anti-Semitic against her once-best friend.The play probes these issues from the perspective of teenagers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who are swept up in life-altering decisions about friendship, politics and family loyalty in difficult times.The audience discussion that follows addresses two key aspects of the Holocaust era: the gradual intimidation and eventual segregation of the Jewish community from the larger society, and the characters, motivations and consequences of the decisions of friendly and non-friendly German adults and youth. The audience discussion focuses on peer pressure and its impact on decision-making, family loyalty, and personal responsibility and personal safety versus moral strength and commitment.Speaker: David Tuck was born in Poland. His mother passed away six weeks after his birth, so his Orthodox Jewish grandparents took him in and insisted that he receive both a public and Hebrew education.Life drastically changed on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. He was 10 years old. Radio broadcasts changed from Polish music to “Deutschland Über Alles,” “Germany Overall.” By December he was forced to wear an armband and then a yellow Star of David and he had to step off the sidewalk and into the street when German soldiers approached him. Within a few weeks David’s family was deported to the Lodz ghetto where he spoke German well enough that he was able to obtain a ration card for his family that provided them with coffee, bread, and soup. Then in the spring of 1941, David was deported to Posen, a labor camp.In 1943 the Nazis liquidated the Posen labor camp and sent David to another labor camp to construct an autobahn. Then David was deported, with other skilled workers to Auschwitz where he arrived on August 25, 1943. He worked in a sub-camp of Auschwitz called Eintrachthütte in a factory building anti-aircraft guns. In January 1945, David was deported on a train to Mauthausen in Austria, a brutal 370-mile trip over four days. To survive, he scooped snow from the ground using a tin cup tied to his belt. He was subsequently sent to Güsen II, an underground factory to build German aircraft.On May 5, 1945 the American’s liberated the camp; he weighed 78 pounds. David then spent the next several months recuperating in refugee camps and then immigrated to the United States in 1950.This program was made possible by The Fela and David Shapell Family Foundation and Hillel International.Affiliated groups:Alpha Epsilon Pi FraternityBildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life Cabaret TheatreCatholic Center at Rutgers Rutgers Canterbury HouseSigma Alpha Mu FraternityWesley Fellowship at Rutgers

Contact: Jeffrey Camras
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 847.650.1198

Apr
28
Mon
Halacha Class – Jewish Law
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Come start your day off right at Rutgers with a little Torah! Join our daily morning class immediately following prayers for a short half hour or so studying the “Aruch HaShulchan,” the famous work of acclaimed 19th century halachic decisor Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, as we explore some wonderfully insightful and practical elements of Jewish daily living. We begin this week (Siman 46) with “Birchos HaShachar” – the blessing one recites when they arise in the morning, their sources and meaning and why we say (or shouldn’t say) the ones we say. From there we will continue with “Birchos HaTorah” (Siman 47) – the blessings said prior to reciting or learning Torah and whether that blessing is biblical or rabbinic in origin (big debate!) and whether women are required to make that blessing or not before learning Torah.Breakfast bagels and cereals are available for those who attend. 

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky
Email: *protected email*

FREE Chinese Dinner and discussion on *God*Getting Beyond the God We Don’t Believe In
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 9:00 am

Rabbi Daniel Klein, Director of Admissions, Rabbinical School, Hebrew College of Boston, will be speaking on this topic while we all enjoy free Chinese food!Open the siddur (prayer book) or Torah and it is hard to escape the old God fellow in the sky with a long white beard. It is the God we grew up with that is hard to accept as adults. Are there ways beyond or into this Fellow that we can believe in and into these texts that makes sense to us? Come talk about God and how we can find ways into God in Jewish tradition.

Hillel Hangouts with SAM!!
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Need a break from studying for finals?! Then come to the last Hillel Hangouts of the year to hangout and play water pong with the brothers of SAM!!There will be delicious doughnuts and hot coffee so you can stay awake and study afterwards!

Open Beit Midrash Jewish Study Sessions
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come learn in our new Beit Midrash program that affords all Jewish students access to Jewish learning every night of the week at Rutgers between 9-11pm. A Hillel rabbi will be on hand each night to help answer questions or guide you in your own personal learning or to help get you set up charting your very own course in Jewish learning, either independently or with other students.

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky

Midrash of the Week!
Apr 28 @ 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Come join us each week as we take an in depth and fascinating look at rabbinic Aggadic texts on the weekly parsha of the week and try to decipher their meaning and relevance. Sources and translations will be provided each night. (Taught by Hillel’s JLIC Rabbi, Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss)

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky

Apr
29
Tue
Halacha Class – Jewish Law
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Come start your day off right at Rutgers with a little Torah! Join our daily morning class immediately following prayers for a short half hour or so studying the “Aruch HaShulchan,” the famous work of acclaimed 19th century halachic decisor Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, as we explore some wonderfully insightful and practical elements of Jewish daily living. We begin this week (Siman 46) with “Birchos HaShachar” – the blessing one recites when they arise in the morning, their sources and meaning and why we say (or shouldn’t say) the ones we say. From there we will continue with “Birchos HaTorah” (Siman 47) – the blessings said prior to reciting or learning Torah and whether that blessing is biblical or rabbinic in origin (big debate!) and whether women are required to make that blessing or not before learning Torah.Breakfast bagels and cereals are available for those who attend. 

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky
Email: *protected email*

Hebrew Club
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

ן קישוטים לחדרלדלתותלמחברות חדשות וכו’. בנוסף לכך, תעדכנו על אחד הסמסטרים הכי גדולים של מועדון עברית!!!! ולאחר פגישה מדהימה, נאכל פיצה וקפ קייקס עם הילל! חברה, אל תפספסו את הפגישה הזו!!!! נתראה שם!We’re starting 2014 with one of the biggest and busiest semesters ever for the Hebrew Club!!! Start off by making some decorations for your rooms/doors/notebooks/books whatever you’d like. Additionally, come and here what is waiting for us this semester! While waiting for your lovely decorations to dry, come hang out with Hillel for some pizza and cupcakes!!!Guys, you don’t want to miss this meeting!!!

Open Beit Midrash Jewish Study Sessions
Apr 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Come learn in our new Beit Midrash program that affords all Jewish students access to Jewish learning every night of the week at Rutgers between 9-11pm. A Hillel rabbi will be on hand each night to help answer questions or guide you in your own personal learning or to help get you set up charting your very own course in Jewish learning, either independently or with other students.

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky

Apr
30
Wed
Hillel NORPAC Mission to Washington
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

NORPAC’s Mission to Washington is an annual event where we bring close to a thousand citizen activists to Washington, DC, in order to advocate for a stronger U.S.-Israel relationship with Members of Congress. Mission attendees are bused (or can use their own transportation) to Washington in the morning, and arrive at the Washington Convention Center where they attend a brief plenary session with presentations by Congressional leadership. Afterwards, individuals converge to their assigned groups – usually of 4 to 6 people – and meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss this year’s talking points regarding pressing legislation on U.S.-Israeli concerns. The event wraps up the same day in the early evening, and transportation is provided to get back home.

Contact: Diana Diner
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 732 545 2407

More Info: http://norpac.net/mission-to-washington

Halacha Class – Jewish Law
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Come start your day off right at Rutgers with a little Torah! Join our daily morning class immediately following prayers for a short half hour or so studying the “Aruch HaShulchan,” the famous work of acclaimed 19th century halachic decisor Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, as we explore some wonderfully insightful and practical elements of Jewish daily living. We begin this week (Siman 46) with “Birchos HaShachar” – the blessing one recites when they arise in the morning, their sources and meaning and why we say (or shouldn’t say) the ones we say. From there we will continue with “Birchos HaTorah” (Siman 47) – the blessings said prior to reciting or learning Torah and whether that blessing is biblical or rabbinic in origin (big debate!) and whether women are required to make that blessing or not before learning Torah.Breakfast bagels and cereals are available for those who attend. 

Contact: Joshua Blachorsky
Email: *protected email*

Why Meditate? An Introductory Workshop by Kell Julliard
Apr 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

In the modern world, we are surrounded by unparalleled levels of material wealth and comfort, yet our sophisticated exterior often masks feelings of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and depression. Ironically, it often seems that the more “progress” we see in the world around us, the less content we are with our lives.Meditation shows us that true happiness is found within and awakens us to the joy of the present moment. In this evening talk, Tergar facilitator Kell Julliard (bio – http://tergar.org/about/facilitators/) will introduce some of the benefits of meditation established by recent research, discuss the nature of meditation, and provide guidance in how to get started.Hosted by the Tergar Meditation Community (Buddhist-based), Canterbury House, & Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries.

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