What’s New This Week? (JEWS NEWS!)

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Hi kids,

We’re trying a new type of technology today – the photobooth! Our Apple Store macher (that’s what we call him at least) taught us some new techniques on the internet email. We will learn about the facebook soon enough, but for now, please enjoy our video (is it a record? a television? cassette?)

Here’s the movie: 


In case you did not understand, or are hard of hearing, here are the events:
  • Shabbat

    • 5:30 PM Services
    • 6:30 PM Dinner – we have some nice Jewish boys preparing the meal this week! 
  • Saturday Schmooze

    • Topic: Social Justice in Israel, led by former and current Israel chairs Shelby Friedman and Andrew Holtz!
  • Mendel, Inc

    • This is a play about my mother’s shtetl (Jewish village of Eastern Europe) and her journey across the Atlantic into Ellis Island
    • 7:30 PM, Wright Theater, from Thursday, October 30-Saturday, November 1
    • Tickets at the Box Office
  • Lecture: “Why is There No Palestinian Flag in the Stadium? Soccer and Identity Among Arab Citizens of Israel.”

    • Friday, October 31, 12:15 PM at RAJ
  • Lecture: “How Western is Israel: Jews and Arabs in the State of Israel.”

    • Tuesday, November 4, 4:30 PM at RAJ
  • AIPAC Winter Saban Leadership Seminar
    • All expenses paid trip to DC, December 21-24. They are looking for Israel advocates from top colleges, especially Middlebury and other small liberal arts colleges.
    • Please email Sarah Cohen (srcohen@middlebury.edu) ASAP if you are interested
  • Interfaith Hike on the Spirit and Nature Trails!
    • Read and enjoy quotes from various scripture along the way, as well as beautiful nature and good company
    • Saturday, November 8, 11 AM-2 PM
    • Food included (obviously)
    • Please email Casey Watters (cwatters@middlebury.edu) if interested
  • Hebrew Offerings J-Term
    • If you are interested in anything Hebrew, please email Timi Mayer (mayer@middlebury.edu)
    • Courses:
    • HEBM 0103 Introductory Modern Hebrew III (Spring 2015)
      • This course is a continuation of Modern Hebrew 0102 which will be offered during winter term. Students will further develop their skills in written and oral communication, and will expand their knowledge of the cultures of modern Israel through both audio and visual media. (HEBM 0102 or equivalent) 5 hrs. lect. LNG (O. Zakai)
    • HEBM 0236 Israel from the Margins
      • How does Israeli culture negotiate the diversity of Israeli society? How does it represent the internal tensions complicating this society? And how do marginal subjects claim their place in Israeli culture? In this course we will explore the literary and cinematic production of Israeli women, LGBT people, Mizrahim, and Palestinians. Course materials (in translation) will range from the provocative poetry of Yona Volach to the work of Palestinian Hebrew authors Anton Shammas and Sayed Kashua and Mizrahi authors Ronit Matalon, Amira Hess, and Albert Swissa. We will also watch several Israeli and Palestinian films that foreground questions of nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Seminar. Orian Zakai.
Ok, well that’s all we have for today. We hope you have wonderful weeks, full of mitzvahs.
Blessings on your heads and mazels in your hearts,
Myrtle and Bessie

Hello! First, mazal tov to our very own Nathan Weil on becoming a Bar Mitzvah this past weekend! Tears and love and pride were abounding at the event. Speaking of events…

1. Screening TOMORROW 10/31 at 7:30PM in Twilight Auditorium: An incredible film on marriage among ultra-orthodox Jewish communities. Check it out on the new Jewish Studies webpage!  http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/jewish/events

2. Shabbat! 11/1:  This Friday, at FIC Jewish Center* for Student-led services at 5:30PM and a home-cooked dinner at 6:30PM. Come to both or either!

*FIC is the grey building next to BiHall. Look for the Hillel banner. Enter via ramp walkway into the kitchen!

3. Snake Mountain Sunset Hike! 11/2 This Saturday we will be hiking to view the sunset atop Snake Mountain, only a 20 minute drive from campus. Mountain top Havdalah to bring in the new week?! I think so. Please RSVP tojlessing@middlebury.edu if you are coming! We need to work out cars.

-Are you interested in a learning to lead services? Or what services mean at all? Emaildyedid@middlebury.edu . We are trying to organize a few informal “how to” Jewish educational events.

Until Shabbat,

Your Hillel Board :)



Shalom shalom,

It’s your friendly neighborhood Yente once again with the Jews News. Lots of stuff. Here we go.
As ever, Shabbat services at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 on Friday (that’s tomorrow).
Our very own Nathan Weil is getting BAR MITZVAHED this Saturday morning! Be at the FIC at 9:30 AM to celebrate this simcha with him. I’m already kvelling!
Tomer Levi will be giving a LECTURE on “Jewish Education in Ottoman Beirut” on Monday, October 28th at 4:30 in Bi Hall 219. Don’t miss it. Very informative.
There will also be a lecture by Ali Abunimah on “Palestinians, Israeli-Jews, and the One-State Solution” at 4:30 on Tuesday at the RAJ
So many lectures! So much knowledge! Here’s one more: Alan Gould will be giving an “illustrated slide talk” on “Four Generations of the Gould Family and the Jewish Communities of Vermont” at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 28
Ohavi Zedek, the conservative synagogue in Burlington, will be having a Shabbaton the weekend of November 2nd. Email rdicker@middlebury.edu if you’re interested in attending!
Okay. That’s all for now. Sorry for the late-ish nooz. Needed to see the girls, catch up on some gossip, go to the doctor, you know, it’s always a thing.
Yente and Middlebury Hillel
Hello Friends!

This week we have a very short Jews News, because of Fall Break.
Challah for Hunger TODAY 12-2PM in McCullough Mail Center! $4 per loaf. All profits go to hunger non-profits! See attached flyer. 
Shabbat: We will be having services this Friday, October 18th at the FIC Jewish Center, and from there people will walk to Proctor for a dinner.
Questions About Hillel? Please e-mail us at hillel@middlebury.edu, go/hillel, or come to openboard meetings every Tuesday, 5-6PM in LaForce Board Room.
Events to look forward to: “Unpacking Birthright” Oct 24th, the Saturday Schmooze Oct 26th, Snake Mountain Sunset Hike, and more!
Your Hillel Board :)
Hey all,

It’s your friendly neighborhood Yente again, welcoming you to another installment of Jews News! Here’s what’s on the docket for today:
Shabbat, as ever, is this Friday. 5:30 services, 6:30 dinner in the FIC Annex. Bring your parents – they’ll kvell! And – AND – there will be MANGO LASSI.
We will also be having Text Study and a Havdalah Service on Saturday starting at 6:00 in the FIC. It’s beautiful. It’s vundaful. Learn something from your ancestas.
This Sunday is our annual Bagel Brunch. Bagels and lox. That’s all I have to say, dahlings. 11:00 AM start. Come early so you can get a nice piece of fish.
This Thursday at 7:30 – 9 PM in the Atwater Kitchen we’ll be making Challah for Challah for Hunger. All this food! I love it! If you’re interested in helping out make this holy bread (and c’mon, who doesn’t wanna bake a holy bread every now and again, right?) email Shirel at slebovich@middlebury.edu.
Now for a couple of things down the pike. On October 24th, there will be two events. At 4:30 in the FIC Annex, we will be having an Unpacking Birthright Discussion. If you’ve been on Birthright and want to talk about your experience with others (and eat, because, well, it’s eating), come on down.
Then at 9:00 that same Thursday, Ross Commons will be holding a Yiddish-Themed Fireplace Cafe. There will be kugel and rugelach. Goodness, you’re going to make me fat as a house with all this delicious food! Oy. Well, anyway, I can’t pass up a good kugel, and neither should you. Make sure to stop by.
On November 7th, as part of a series of Yiddish events, we will also be having a Yiddish Night in the Chateau Grand Salon. We’ll learn Yiddish songs and learn about Yiddish culture and – of course – eat Yiddish food. Stay tuned for more details.
Mark your calendahs. Stay organized. Wear clean underwear. Call your mother. Okay. Good. You’re making us so proud.
Until next time,
Yente and Middlebury Hillel

Hello! Here are our events this week:

1. Screening TONIGHT 10/2 at 7:30PM in Sunderland 110: Learn about Vermont’s Jewish History through the award-winning film “Little Jerusalem: Burlington’s Jewish Community” It’ll be great!

p.s. Check it out on the new Jewish Studies webpage!


2. Shabbat! 10/4:  This Friday, at FIC Jewish Center* for Student-led services at 5:30PM and a home-cooked dinner (Challah, Salad, Frittata, Chocolate Chip Cookies!) at 6:30PM. Come to both or either!

*FIC is the grey building next to BiHall. Look for the Hillel banner. Enter via ramp walkway into the kitchen!

3. Apple Picking 10/5! We will be apple picking at Happy Valley Orchards this Saturday from 12-2PM. Meet at ADK at 12PM. Please RSVP to wgoodman@middlebury.edu if you are coming! We need to work out cars.

4. Havdalah 10/5: Come to the beautiful, five-minute service that brings us from Shabbat into the rest of the week, at 7:30PM in the FIC Jewish Center. We might even have a clove-mummified etrog for b’samim!

5. Fall Family Weekend Bagel Brunch 10/13: Invite your parents and siblings! The whole mishpachah will be there! Hillel is hosting our annual Bagel Brunch in the FIC Jewish Center for all Hillel Families on Sunday, October 13th at 11AM. It is also the 20th anniversary of the Jewish Center! Please RSVP to emckay@middlebury.edu with the number of people coming from your family. See attached flyer.

-Are you interested in a Hillel Spring Break trip? Want to go on a cultural tour of NYC? Engage in Jewish learning? Do service? Well, we are going to plan one if there is interest! E-mail rmdicker@middlebury.edu if interested.

-Are you interested in becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Are you newly identifying as Jewish? Did you decide not to have one nine years back? We are putting together a B’nai Mitzvah group for the coming spring. E-mailckahlenberg@middlebury.edu if interested.

Until Shabbat,

Your Hillel Board :)




I’m delighted to share with you this link to the “2013 Top Schools Jews Choose.”

The list is collaboratively published in Reform Judaism magazine’s “RJ Insider’s Guide to College Life,” in partnership with Hillel.

This is the first year they have included the Small & Mighty Hillels of Excellence category, in which Middlebury takes its place.

The category is described below:

Small & Mighty Hillels of Excellence
We have selected these 20 schools with smaller Jewish populations (listed below in alphabetical order) as “mighty” based on these criteria:

  • Innovative Jewish programming
  • Growing Jewish population
  • Dedicated professional leadership
  • Demonstrated university support
  • Commitment to serve Jews of all backgrounds
Hello there, and welcome to another stunning edition of JEWS NEWS! I’m your host, Yente McYentson, and boy have we got a line-up for you today.

As always, Shabbat is in the FIC Annex on Friday. 5:30 services, 6:30 dinner. The Annex is located down the ramp in the building next to Bi-Hall. Like if you’re going to the Bunker, go down the ramp instead of up the stairs. Trust me, you’ll have way more fun.
There will be a Cultural Harvest Festival:  Friday, Oct. 4th, 3 PM, at the Farm! We’ll have a potluck with food cooked by different groups on campus, featuring farm produce. Plus, music, poetry, and a bonfire! (See the poster attached)
Wanna be like Bubbe?? Then sign up to cook for Hillel!It’s like Hell’s Kitchen, except instead of Gordon Ramsey, you have verbissine Midd Kids yelling at you if it’s no good. Contact Aviva at ashwayder@midd or Lee at lschlenker@midd for more details.
We will be holding a Sukkah Sleepover at the Organic Garden this Thursday, September 26th. Hot cider, beautiful stars, and great company are provided! Seriously, this is THE BEST THING. THE BEST. BEST. Meet at the FIC at 5:00 that afternoon to grab gear, eat dinner, and head out. If you already have gear, feel free to meet us at the Garden. It won’t be as cold as you think and you’ll remember it forever.
Havurah will be having Saturday morning services at 10:00 AM at their headquarters at 56 North Pleasant St. I got a babysitting gig by going and playing with little Jewish children. It was awesome. The prayers were nice, too. Speaking of, if you would like to read Torah or Haftarah for Havurah, contact Ira at ischiffe@midd to get involved!
TOMORROW, there will be an informational meeting about theJewish Studies Major proposal that’s going to the curriculum committee, spearheaded by Professor Schine. Meet at 5:30 at Redfield Proctor to be a part of the conversation.
On that note, I leave you with a list of Jewish Studies events for this coming month. It follows after the sign-off.
Have a good veek, eat good food, do your laundry, get some sleep, be good. Good? Good.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Yente and Middlebury Hillel
Hello! Here are our events until next week: 
1. First Year Welcome Event TONIGHT 9/18! Are you a first year? Come meet the board and one another! TONIGHT, September 18th from 8-9PM. It will be an informal gathering with delicious snacks! 
2. Shabbat! 9/20 It’s our first Shabbat of the year! This Friday, September 20th at FIC Jewish Center*. Student-led services at 5:30PM and a home-cooked dinner (Salad, Pasta w/Pesto, Apple Crisp!) at 6:30PM. Come to both or either! 
*FIC is the grey building next to BiHall. Look for the Hillel banner. Enter via ramp walkway into the kitchen!
3. Sukkot Harvest Festival at the College Organic Farm! FOOD! We will be celebrating Sukkot in our own Sukkah at the Organic Farm! Sunday, September 22nd from 4:30-6PM. We will be harvesting grapes, tomatoes, lettuces and more from the farm and doing a short text study on Sukkot.
4. Discussion on potential Jewish Studies Major: Next Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5:30PM in Redfield Proctor, there will be a discussion on the Jewish Studies Major. Professor Schine will be there to give an update and answer any questions, but really this is for ANYONE to come and discuss any interest in Jewish Studies courses, and what they would like to see in the future–from classes to speakers. Questions? e-mailckahlenberg@middlebury.edu
5. Are you a Hebrew speaker? We have both Modern and Classical Hebrew departments as well as a language house! E-mail dyedid@middlebury.edu if you speak Hebrew! Even “ktzat”! 
As always, come to open board meetings every Tuesday, 5-6PM in LaForce Board Room.
Until Shabbat,
Your Hillel Board :)
Dear Jews News Readers,
This week we have a very short Jews News. Events are listed in chronological order. The High Holidays schedule is attached. 

1. Yom Kippur: We will be having a dinner on Friday, September 13th at 5PM at the FIC Jewish Center….and it will be catered by Baba! Think hummus and other delicious Middle Eastern food. Kol Nidre services follow dinner at 6:30PM in Mead Chapel. 
2. Break the Fast! RSVP REQUIRED! The break-the-fast meal will be served in Atwater Dining hall at 7:30PM on Saturday, September 14th. Please e-mail Ellen McKay emckay@middlebury.edu if you plan to attend. 
3. First Year Welcome Event! Are you a first year? Come meet the board, and one another! Next Wednesday, September 18th from 7:30-9PM. It will be an informal gathering, with delicious snacks! 
4. Questions About Hillel? Please e-mail us at hillel@middlebury.edu, go/hillel, or come to open board meetings every Tuesday, 5-6PM in LaForce Board Room.
Events to look forward to: Harvest festival at the Middlebury College Organic Farm, Simchat Torah, Challah for Hunger, Jewish Film Screenings, and more! 
Gemar Hatimah Tovah,
Your Hillel Board :)
Dear Jews News Readers,

This is my final Jews News to you all.  What a four years it has been, nu? I’ve seen many changes in my time here: from the “kippah boys” to the Jewish Disaster Response Team…it’s been a good ride.  I thank you all for reading and/or skipping the top of my emails and going straight to the list.

1. Hillel Academic Forum, featuring Professor Larry Yarbrough who will be talking about how Judaism has informed his career.  BiHall 219, 7:30-9:30PM, this Wednesday, May 8.

2.  Senior Shabbat! Come celebrate seniors! Services at 5:30PMdinner at 6:30PMFriday at the Jewish Center in FIC.
Yes, a surprisingly short list this week (nu, it is almost finals, after all).  I guess I will leave you with one last short video to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZADKo8HYATk  It combines a bit of Jewish humor with a healthy dose of narcissism on my part. Enjoy.
With my deep and everlasting love and affection,Zayt gezint,David


Mazal Tov to community members Joseph Heller and Rebecca Rose on the completion of their B’nai Mitzvah last Shabbat! It was very moving and beautiful.

Elections: 5PM in FIC Jewish Center- come and vote!
Please come vote on who your board will be for the next year. If you are running in the elections, please send a letter of intent to dyedid@middlebury.edu anddimber@middlebury.edu by tomorrow evening, May 1st. It doesn’t need to be longer than two paragraphs…imagine a 30-60 second speech, in text.

We will be praying outside this week! It will be so beautiful. Just come to FIC at 5:30 sharp and we will migrate together to pray with a mountain view! Dinner will be at 6:30 as usual. Rumor has it kosher meat will be served!

Eric Nelson Lecture “The Lord Alone Shall be Kind of America: Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776″
Thursday, May 2nd. 4:30-6PM in Dana Auditorium.
Shabbat Morning Services at Havurah
There will be services at Havurah House this Saturday at 10AM. Havurah is located at 56 North Pleasant St. There will be a Bar Mitzvah!
Hillel Academic Forum: Professor of Religion- Larry Yarbrough
Professor Larry Yarbrough will be giving a lecture on how Judaism has informed his careeer. Professor Yarbrough is a professor of Religion, focusing on biblical history and Jewish and Chrisitian Theology. It will be next Wednesday at 7:30PM, place is TBA.
-Hillel Board :)

To My Fellow Hebrews and Shebrews,

Hello! Wow, what work everyone has these days, nu?
1. Shabbat services this week are happening at 5PM at the Scott Center for Religious Life (the house to the right of Admissions!).  We will then head down to…
2. Relay for Life (l’chaim)!!! Expect to find our team there around 6PM.  We will have some snacks and stuff and there will be munchies at Relay, but if you want a proper dinner eat before or after.  Here is the registration link if you haven’t yet signed up:  http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Middhillel13
3.  Saturday morning Bat/Bar Mitzvah service at Hillel!! Yay! Join us at 10AM at the Jewish Center in FICto celebrate the B’nai-Mitzvah of Joseph and Rebecca! It will be followed by a bagel brunch! Check out the attached invitation!
4. Also, check out this cool article from Middlebury Magazine about the Quint Lecture Symposium that happened recently: http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/2013/04/18/the-conundrum-of-jewish-identity/ Also, check out the cool exhibit in the library display area: “The Jews at Middlebury: Past and Present” – it’ll be up till May 3.
Have a good night,
David and Dave
Link of the Week : This organization gives grants to new, social action based innovative Jewish organizations. Check out the awesome new ones this year! 
Here are the events until next week! Listed chronologically. 
Spirituality and Vocation Dinner
As part of the talk series on spirituality, there will be a pizza dinner tomorrow, Wednesday April 17th in Carr Hall from 5:30-6:30PM. We will talk about how our religious identity impacts our future and career path.
Prospective Student Welcome Event!
Let’s welcome our prospective Jewish community members. Thursday,  April 18th 8-9PM in FIC. Snacks will be there!

Yom Ha’atzmaut!!/Shabbat:
Come to FIC at 4PM Friday April 19th after the symposium to celebrate Israel Independence Day! There will be Israeli dancing! And snacks, followed by services at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 with DELICIOUS Middle Eastern food, catered by Baba. 

Research Symposium
Friday, head to Bi Hall for the research symposium. Topics on Judaism/Israel/Jews include: 
-Pornoprophetics: Ezekiel and Pornographics- Hannah Elkin ’13, BIH 104 1:30PM
-“Those Who Will Bless You”- Christian Zionism, America, and the Middle East- Hannah Stork ’13, BIH 220 2:30PM
We will be having elections for next year’s board! Positions include:  First Year Liasion, Academic Chair, Meals Chair, Tzedek Chair, Webmaster, Israel Chair, and more! We hope you will consider being on board! 
Please e-mail dyedid@middlebury.edu and dimber@middlebury.edu with intent to run before May 1st. Remember, we have open board meetings in LaForce Conference Room, 5-6 on Tuesdays. Come anytime, and bring your dinner!
Things to look forward to next week: Relay for Life, Lesléa Newman, Trembling before G-d, B’nai Mitzvah, and more!
-Hillel Board :)
April 2nd, 2013


Link of the Week: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2008-04-26/news/36811659_1_passover-seders-freedom-seder-seder-plate  an article on social justice and oppressed/enslaved people today, inspired by the content of the Passover Seder. 

This Week’s Events: 

Midd Hillel Presents: Blazing Saddles
Thursday,  April 4th  at 7:45PM in Sunderland 110. With a short speech on Jewish Comedy to precede!

MOQA-Hillel Shabbat!:
In honor of Gaypril, and Hillel’s commitment to LGBTQ inclusion, we will be having a MOQA-Hillel joint Shabbat this week. It will be the normal schedule, with an optional post-dinner conversation on Queering the Torah + Jewish Ritual.

Yom Hashoah Commemoration:
Hillel, Havurah, Scott Center and Middlebury Clergy will be commemorating the Holocaust this Sunday, April 7th at 4PM in Mead Chapel. It is a beautiful service with student speakers, outside speakers, and relevant songs from the College Choir. 
Lecture: “The Diary of Anne Frank: From Page to Stage” 
Monday, April 8th at 7:30PM in Hillcrest Orchard. Professor Edna Nachshon from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York will be presenting on intersections between Judaism and Theater, focusing on The Diary fo Anne Frank. 
MCOF- Jewish Culture Garden:
Middlebury College Organic Farm has given Hillel the beautiful gift of land. We will be planning a Jewish garden plot, and we will be having a harvest festival during Sukkot this September. If you are interested in maintaining the plot during the first two months of the fall semester, e-maildyedid@middlebury.edu
-Hillel Board :)
March 11th, 2013
Jews News:
Hello To Everybody,Oh my, what a CRAZY Jewish week we have on our hands.  Here we go:1. Ambassador Dennis Ross speaks at Midd tomorrow on: “Israel, the Peace Process, and the Implications of the Arab Awakening.” Tuesday, March 12, 20138PM, March 12, 2013, Mead Chapel. Yeah, this is BIG.

2. Professor Schine LectureSpinoza in Germany: The Jewish Question. Wednesday, March 13, 4:30PM-6PM, Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103.3. Yiddish Film – Green Fields – in Sunderland 110 – Thursday, March 14 – Flatbread Pizza at 6:45PMfollowed by a 7PM screening of the film (the screening is NOT in Axinn but is in the Sunderland screening room).  Basically, this is a Yiddish film from 1937 that I think of as an emotional cross between Up!, Love Actually, and Bend It Like Beckham.  If you’re, like, a “film” person, you’ll appreciate this movie, too.  It’s a pastoral tale of a young man who ventures into the Jewish countryside and finds true shtetl love (a.k.a. my dream). There are English subtitles, of course.  Nu, how could I be more convincing??4. Shabbat! This week is faculty/staff Shabbat! Ya! This is a great opportunity to shmuz with all your favorite Hillel affiliated profs on campus.  Services 5:30, Dinner 6:30PM at the Jewish Center in FIC.5. Passover/Easter interfaith dinner! March 18, 6PM Atwater Dining Hall. RSVP toEMcaky@middlebury.edu if you can go!6. Birthright registration is still open until March 22! www.freeisraeltrip.org to register. Please contact ischiffe@middlebury.edu with any questions. 7. Passover! If you are going to be staying at Midd over Spring break and are interested in having kosher for pesah food/a seder, contact Rabbi Ira at ischiffe@middlebury.edu.And here’s your weekly video.  I can’t say the level or artistic craft is high, but what an attempt! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLsAsiSWExkWith everlasting love,David and Dave
May 17, 2012

TOMORROW. Services 5:30, Dinner and a tribute to our graduating seniors at 6:30. Hope to see you there!
May 9, 2012



Schedule this week is a bit different because of Midd Mayhem. Shabbat services this week will start at 5:00 (half an hour early!) so that we are not praying with music in the background. Because there will be an all-campus picknic, we won’t be cooking, but we will have SNACKS!

Senior Shabbat
SENIOR SHABBAT is next Friday May 18th. We’ll have a grand ole time honoring our graduating seniors! We hope everyone can join us.

Best of luck with final projects, exams, papers, presentations, extracurricular crunches, email catch-up sessions, summer planning, meetings, and whatever else you may have going on this week!


May 2, 2012
1. Shabbat & Relay L’Chaim
Services this week at5:30pm in the Scott Center (across the street from Axinn and near the CFA).  After services, we will head over to Relay for Life for apicnic dinner–think pizza, cookies, & snacks. Haven’t signed up for the team yet? Register forRelay L’Chaim right now at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1166173&pg=team&fr_id=41339or go/relay.

2. Last Challah Sale of the semester this Friday!
Challah baking will take place from 7:30 to 9pm in Atwater Dining Hall this Thursday, May 3rd.E-mail dyedid@middlebury.eduif you are interested in baking! Then, come by theMcCullough mail room on Friday, May 4th between noon and 2pmto pick up your challah for $3,or get a Midd Yid t-shirt and challah for the special price of $10!

3. Head’s up–SENIOR SHABBAT isMay 18th. Mark your calendars and get ready for some lovin’. Charlie, we have high expectations for some sort of spectacle.

4. Havurah Shabbat services in town this Saturday starting at 10am to celebrate Eli Miller’s Bar Mitzvah! 56 North Pleasant Street.
April 25, 2012


Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
Please join us THIS THURSDAY APRIL 26 from 4:30-6 outside the FIC Jewish Center (or inside, depending on weather) for a fun celebration of ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE DAY! We’ll have some some delish, catered Middle Eastern food, and a good time will be had by all!

Standard situation: Services at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 in FIC Jewish Center—all are welcome for one or both! This week, we’re having a special VEGAN SHABBAT!
In addition, we’ll be
electing next year’s Hillel board at 5:00 before services start. Democracy!

Relay L’Chaim!
Register to be a part of Hillel’s Relay for Life team, RELAY L’CHAIM, at go/relay. Our team name is super clever. Just think about it.
Relay is Friday night, May 4 this year.

Birthright Event
Calling all Birthright alums, plus those planning to go on Birthright this summer! After a festive Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration, we’ll be meeting at the Jewish Center from 6-7 to discuss all things Birthright.

April 17, 2012
Ambassador Kurtzer
Former US Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer will speak on Israel’s Strategic Position in a Volatile Middle East this Tuesday, April 17th (TODAY) at 4:30pm in the RAJ conference room. Come one come all!

Hillel Hangout: Preview Days edition
In need of a study break? Want to meet some eager young Jews and woo them into coming to Middlebury? Drop by the Jewish Center in FIC between 7pm and 9pm this Thursday night to say hi and grab a snack (we promise it won’t involve matzoh…).

You know what to do–come to the Jewish Center at FIC for Shabbat services at 5:30pm and/or a delicious homecooked meal at 6:30pm on Friday. All are welcome!

Community Supper
Our friendly local Jews at Havurah will be hosting Community Supper this Saturday, April 21st at the Middlebury Congregational Church (right off the town green). They would love Hillel’s help in cooking, setting up, or serving dinner to members of the community, anytime between 4:30 and 7:30pm. Email Jake at jlessing@middlebury.edu if you want to help out!

Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
Please join us for a Yom HaShoah memorial service this Sunday, April 22nd at 4pm in Mead Chapel. This brief and meaningful service will feature music, selected speakers, and other tributes.

Relay for Life—Relay L’Chaim
Join Hillel’s Relay for Life team at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1166173&pg=team&fr_id=41339 or go/relay and look for Relay L’Chaim. Email Hannah athstonebraker@middlebury.edu if you need help signing up. Relay is Friday-Saturday May 4th-5th this year.

Yom Haatzmaut
Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with couscous, hummus, & other yummy Israeli food next Thursday, April 26th at 4:30pm outside the Jewish Center. There will be Israeli dancing too!

Hillel Board Elections!
Can’t get enough of those Woody Allen movie nights? Loved the Murray Dry academic forum? Want to perfect your challah baking skills? Then YOU should think about serving on the Hillel board for next semester! Elections will be held at 5pm before services on Friday, April 27th. Come and make your voice heard in our Hillel democracy! If you’re interested in running for something, please email your quick paragraph of intent to me at bkearns@middlebury.edu or Charlie at carnowitz@middlebury.edu by next Tuesday, April 24th at noon, and feel free to hit us up with any questions. The following positions are open for next semester:

Secretary: The secretary takes minutes at the board meetings and writes thank you notes to our kind Hillel benefactors. S/he is also responsible for updating and maintaining the Hillel bulletin board in McCullough.

Academic Chair: The academic chair engages the college community by planning wildly interesting Academic Forums on Jewish topics as well as bringing other speakers to campus.

Treasurer: The treasurer manages the finances of Hillel. S/he serves as the liaison to the SGA Finance Committee and assists in event programming.

Tzedek/Social Justice Co-Chair (1): The Tzedek co-chairs organize events that embody Judaism’s commitment to social justice. They also serve as Hillel’s liaison to Havurah.

Social Chair: The social chair’s primary responsibility is to expand Hillel’s outreach through programming related to bringing Jews together in a social environment–including but not limited to our two annual parties.

MEALS Chairs (2): The meals chairs make or arrange for others to make our delicious weekly Shabbat dinners. They also coordinate with Dining Services to plan food for other Hillel events such as Break the Fast, Passover, and the Bagel Brunch.

Co-President (1): Mandatory one year position, previous board experience required. The co-presidents’ duties include leading weekly board meetings, maintaining a current membership list, assisting the Chaplain’s Office in Jewish programming, and serving as liaisons between the Hillel board and the various offices of the college affecting Jewish life.
April 11, 2012


Services at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 this Friday at FIC Jewish Center. Come for a meaningful service or a homemade, Kosher-for-Passover dinner! All are welcome.

Ambassador Kurtzer
Join us for a talk with former US Ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer, entitled Israel’s Strategic Position in a Volatile Middle East. Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30 in the Robert A. Jones’ 59 House conference room. Should be a great talk!
NOTE: CORRECTION FROM LAST WEEK’S JEWS NEWS. The talk will be held on Tuesday, April 17.

Woody Allen Movie Night
Join us for another Woody Allen Movie Night! We’ll be screening Manhattan, an old favorite. This Thursday April 12, 7:30 PM, Axinn 232.

Mid-Passover Hillel Hangout
Stop by anytime tomorrow night from 7:00-9:00 PM in the FIC Jewish center to hang out and eat many, many Kosher-for-Passover goodies (including matzah brei, lots of macaroons, and other goodies).

Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Day)
Please join us for our Holocaust Day memorial service on Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 in Mead Chapel. This brief and meaningful service will feature music, selected speakers, and other tributes.

Community Supper
Help Hillel and Havurah out—and serve at Community Supper, Saturday April 21. More details to follow in next week’s edition of Jews News.

Hillel Board Elections!
As Uncle Sam says: “I want you” to serve on Hillel’s board. We’ll be holding elections before services on April 27. All should come—exercise your democratic right to the franchise! Also, think about running and getting more involved in Hillel! Open positions likely to include (full position descriptions in next week’s Jews News): Co-president (must have served at least one semester on Hillel’s board), treasurer, secretary, Tzedek (social justice) Chair, Social Chair, Rituals Chair… And, most importantly, Meals Chair! Give it some thought.

Film Screening: A Film Unfinished
The documentary “A Film Unfinished” will be aired as a part of the Hirschfield series on Saturday, 3:00 and 8:00, in Dana.

Relay for Life—Relay L’Chaim!
Join Hillel’s Relay for Life team… Relay L’Chaim! (get it?). Go to relayforlife.org and find our team! Relay is May 4 this year.

Handy Passover Dining Hall Tips
1. ASK. If there’s something that you want specially prepared, or can’t find in the dining hall, the dining staff is there to help.
2. BE CREATIVE. Matzah goes with many things. Maple cream cheese. Tomato and mozzarella. Matzah pizza. Matzah and avocados go great. Matzah natchos=matchos. Have fun!

3. Come to the Jewish Center in FIC! We are stocked with Kosher for Pesach goodies. While you do need a key to get in, come around mealtime, when people tend to congregate–or get in touch with a Hillel board member (you can email me at

March 27, 2012
Friday: 6pm SEDER in atwater. no shabbat in fic. Email Ellen McKay to sign up.

April 12th: WOODY ALLEN SCREENING, “manhattan” at 7:30pm in axinn 232 
April 19th: ISRAEL LECTURE WITH DANIEL KURTZER at 4:30pm in RAJ with the rather obvious title of “Israel’s Strategic Position in the Volatile Middle East”
May 4th-5th: RELAY FOR LIFE (email hstonebraker@middlebury.edu with questions… sign up for Hillel’s Relay L’Chaim with the link below:  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?team_id=1166173&pg=team&fr_id=41339.)


March 20, 2012


There will be services this Friday (5:30 in the Jewish Center) for those still on campus. A trek to Proctor will follow in place of the regular Hillel dinner.


Samuel Heilman Lecture TOMORROW Lubavitch, Messianism, The Rebbe and the Denial of Death

Lubavitch, Messianism, The Rebbe and the Denial of Death by Samuel Heilman, Howard Proshansky Chair of Jewish Studies, Department of Sociology, Queens College. He is co-author, with Menachem Friedman, of The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, which won the 2010 National Jewish Book Award.

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.



Still not too late to register for a Passover Seder in Atwater Dining Hall on Friday April 6. Please reply today with your name and ID number to Ellen McKay at emckay@middlebury.edu if you are planning on attending.


March 13, 2012


The Irish word for Shabbat is Sabóid. Who knew? Anywho, services, as per usual, this Friday evening at 5:30 in FIC, dinner to follow around 6:30ish.

But why is this Shabbat different from all other Shabbats?

Why, it’s QUEER SHABBAT! In addition to our regularly scheduled programming, we will be sharing Friday evening with MOQA (Middlebury Open Queer Alliance) and the Queer Studies House. It will be very informal—regular Hillel-ers as well as those interested in/involved with Midd’s Queer community should all comeALL ARE WELCOME!


Pesach is coming up fast–first night Seder is the first Friday we get back from break, April 6th. Hillel and the Chaplain’s Office will be hosting First Night Seder on Friday,  April 6, at  6:00 pm,  in Atwater Dining Hall.


Please reply today with your name and ID number to Ellen McKay at emckay@middlebury.edu <mailto:emckay@middlebury.edu> if you are planning on attending.


Next week… Samuel Heilman: Lubavitch, Messianism, The Rebbe and the Denial of Death

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Religion, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

March 6, 2012


Join us for a special Purim-themed Shabbat this Friday at 5:30 in the Jewish Center in FIC, yummy dinner to follow at 6:30. Definitely dress up in Purim/Halloween garb–there will be faculty kids to play with! And hamantaschen!

ALSO, there will be Saturday services at 10am in town with Havurah at 56 North Pleasant Street. Community Jews are lovely people, go meet them!

Holi-Purim Interfaith Dinner
If you signed up, don’t forget to go to Atwater on Wednesday, March 7th (tomorrow!) at 5:45pm for a brief talk and delicious meal, co-sponsored with the Hindu Students Association. Those on the list will be emailed tonight.

Megillah Reading
This Thursday, March 8th, we’ll be reading the Megillah in Hebrew and English at 4:30pm in the Jewish Center. Grogers provided!

Murray Dry Academic Forum
“One of the best professors I’ve ever had.” “Where else can you have a professor start laughing because he thinks Spinoza’s so hilarious?” He was a teddy bear underneath it all.”
Come experience the magic when esteemed Professor of Political Science Murray Dryspeaks to us in a talk entitled “What I learned from Leo Strauss about Being Jewish and About the Study of Philosophy and Revealed Religion.” Next week, Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 in the Hillcrest Orchard.

Pesach is coming up–first night Seder is the first Friday we get back from break, April 6th. Stay tuned for a separate email soon with more details.

Jewish world opportunity you might be interested in: Into organic farming? Jewish environmental education? Check out summer & fall fellowships in Berkeley, CA at http://urbanadamah.org/


February 29, 2012


This Friday, services at 5:30 in FIC Jewish Center, home-cooked grub at 6:30.


Holi-Purim Interfaith Dinner

Holi/Purim Dinner on Wednesday, March 7th, 6-7:30pm in Atwater, co-sponsored with the Hindu Students Association. Not many spots left… Sign up NOW by following this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE0tbkJ2cUlUbUVTX0FvMGwzbGw1Rmc6MQ. Come learn from Rabbi Ira Schiffer and Professor Cynthia Packert about the celebrations of Holi and Purim and enjoy delicious food from both traditions!



Return of the Challah Sale! Friday, March 2nd from 12-2pm in the McCullough Mail Room. $3 per loaf, all proceeds split between the Addison County Food Shelf and Mazon (national Jewish hunger non-profit). Email Dave at dyedid@middlebury.edu <mailto:dyedid@middlebury.edu> if you’re interested in helping bake the night before–beginners encouraged! (Thursday, March 1st, 7:30-9pm in Atwater dining hall).



In case our many Purim-related events didn’t tip you off… Next Thursday, March 8 is Purim! We’ll be reading the Megillah in Hebrew and English on March 8 at 4:30 in the Jewish Center. Grogers provided!

Plus, next Friday (March 9) is Purim Costume Shabbat! Come dressed to impress.


February 23, 2012

All are welcome to come by for Friday Shabbat services at 5:30pm and/or a delicious homecooked dinner afterward (6:30ish). At the Jewish Center in FIC.

Return of the Challah Sale! Next Friday, March 2nd from 12-2pm in theMcCullough Mail Room$3 per loaf, all proceeds split between the Addison County Food Shelf and Mazon (national Jewish hunger non-profit). Email Dave at dyedid@middlebury.edu if you’re interested in helping bake the night before–beginners encouraged! (Thursday, March 1st, 7:30-9pm in Atwater dining hall).

Holi/Purim Dinner on Wednesday, March 7th, 6-7:30pm in Atwater, co-sponsored with the Hindu Students Association. Sign up NOW by following this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE0tbkJ2cUlUbUVTX0FvMGwzbGw1Rmc6MQ. Come learn from Rabbi Ira Schiffer and Professor Cynthia Packert about the celebrations of Holi and Purim and enjoy delicious food from both traditions!

Stay tuned for more Purim-related events next week…


February 14, 2012

Welcome back! Hillel is excited to kick off another excellent semester of Jewish programming, community-building, and good, old-fashioned, Kosher fun.

Leading off this week… Our first WOODY ALLEN MOVIE NIGHT! On Thursday February 16th, at 7:30 in Axinn 232. Join us for a screening of the timeless classic, ANNIE HALL.

Even MORE EXCITING… is the invasion of NEW FEBS here at Middlebury. Welcome to Midd—we’re excited to have you! Hillel is hosting its FRESHMAN WELCOME EVENT next Wednesday, February 22, in the FIC Jewish Center. All NEW FEBS, FRESHMEN, and enthusiastic upper-classmen are welcome!

This Friday night… Our weekly SHABBAT SERVICES and HOME-COOKED DINNER! At 5:30 in the FIC Jewish Center. ALL ARE WELCOME, for services or dinner or both!

But Charlie, how do you get to the FIC Jewish Center? Well, it’s easy! Go towards Bihall—you’ll notice a rather undistinguished-looking building just to its right. That’s Freeman International Center. Facing Freeman, you’ll notice a ramp leading slightly downhill. Follow that ramp and you’re at the FIC Jewish Center, in the basement of Freeman. A good hint is the large and imposing Hillel banner next to our door.

On the radar screen… PURIM is coming soon! This very merry holiday is Hillel’s favorite. Keep an eye out for exciting Purim-related events in the next couple of weeks.

Another reminder… Registration for BIRTHRIGHT opens tomorrow. Go to BirthrightIsrael.com for more!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! (@middhillel)


February 1, 2012

Shabbat at Home
No services this week.  Happy Feb break!

Taglit-Birthright Israel
Registration opens February 15th for your summer 2012 free trip to Israel!!! Email Sarah Cohen at:srcohen@middlebury.edu if you have any questions.  More details to come!


Spring Break Trip to Kayam Farms in Maryland
 Sample Itinerary: Bike from Glenn Falls to Baltimore Harbor. Lunch at “Liquid Earth,” a famous vegetarian restaurant with a rich history in subsistence farming. Sail across Chesapeake Bay, then farm at sunset in preparation for a “farm to table” dinner. 
Biking. Hiking. Sailing. Yoga. Jewish Learning. Organic Farming. What could be better? Please email me at bkearns@middlebury.edu if you’re interested. Deposits are due ASAP, and there are only a couple more spots!
Post-break Woody Allen movie night? Yes.


January 25, 2012


Services at 5:30pm, dinner to follow at 6:30. Come to one or both! Especially all you Super Senior Febs out there!

Challah for Hunger

Want to bake delicious challah, then sell your loaves to raise money for the fight against hunger?

This Thursday, January 26th in Atwater Dining Hall, 7:30-9pm, Hillel will be hosting a workshop and baking extravaganza* (you’ll get to take home a small loaf yourself, no worries). Then, on Friday, January 27th from 12-2pm in the McCullough Mail Room, we’ll be selling challot (chocolate chip and original) for $3 a loaf. All proceeds will be split between Addison County Food Shelf and Mazon, a national Jewish non-profit that battles hunger.

*Email Dave at dyedid@middlebury.edu right away if you want to help bake Thursday night!

Scott Center J-term Film Series

Arranged really is a gem of a film; I highly recommend it! A funny, touching, soul-searching, interfaith feel-good movie. Showing today (Wednesday) at 7pm in Axinn 232 is Arranged: “Centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common–not least of which is that they both are going through the process of arranged marriages.” http://arrangedthemovie.com/

Spring Break Trip to Kayam Farms in Maryland

Biking. Hiking. Sailing. Yoga. Jewish Learning. Organic Farming. What could be better? Please email me at bkearns@middlebury.edu to say you’re interested. Deposits are due by the end of this month, and there are only a few more spots!

Taglit-Birthright Israel

Registration opens February 15th  for your summer 2012 free trip to Israel!!! Email Sarah Cohen at  srcohen@middlebury.edu  if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more details.

Israel Center of Vermont Film Screening

Midd alum Danielle Levine has graciously offered to drive up to 3 students to the Burlington premiere of Unmasked: Judeophobia–The Threat to Civilization this Sunday, January 29th at 7pm. Email her at levine.danielle@yahoo.com to reserve your spot!

January 18, 2012

Friday services at 5:30pm in the Jewish Center in FIC, dinner at 6:30. You’re welcome to come to one or both! Afterward, we will be having a HILLEL SLEEPOVER in the Ross Townhouse lounge. Head on over en masse after dinner, or join us later on for Apples to Apples: Jewish Edition, text study, yummy snacks, and more! Bring your toothbrush.

Spring Break Trip to Kayam Farms in Maryland

Biking. Hiking. Sailing. Yoga. Jewish Learning. Organic Farming. What could be better? Please email me at bkearns@middlebury.edu to say you’re interested. Attached is the sample itinerary and whole spiel. Deposits are due by the end of this month, and there are only ten spots!

Winter Nature Hike with the awesome Rabbi Cohen

It’s happening, and it’s full already! This Sunday, January 22nd, outside. For those of you who signed up, you’ll be receiving an email soon with further details.

Hebrew Table

Professor Orna Goldman is hosting Hebrew language table every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 12pm in Ross this J-term. Hebrew speakers of all levels are welcome to come.

Challah Baking Workshop

Want to learn how to bake delicious challah? Already know how, but want to make more loaves with friends? Email Dave at dyedid@middlebury.edu if you’re interested. Location and date to be announced.

Scott Center J-term Film Series

Showing tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7pm in Axinn 232 is Father G and the Home Boys


January 11, 2012

Welcome back to another semester of Middlebury Hillel adventures! My name is Brenna Kearns, and this J-term and spring Charlie Arnowitz and I will be serving as your Hillel Co-Presidents. Here’s what’s in store for you:



Start the year off with some home cooking and friendly faces! Friday services at 5:30pm in the Jewish Center in FIC, dinner at 6:30. Feel free to come to one or both. If you’re interested in cooking, you can (and should) email Caroline at ckahlenberg@middlebury.edu, or come say hi in the kitchen sometime.


Scott Center J-term Film Series

Showing tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7pm in Axinn 232 is The Dhamma Brothers: “An overcrowded maximum-security prison — the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system — is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.” http://www.dhammabrothers.com/. Stay tuned for Father G and the Home Boys and Arranged later on this month.


Community Supper

The Religious Life Council is hosting Community Supper at the Congregational Church this Friday, January 13th. Please email Ellen McKay at emckay@middlebury.edu if you’re interested in helping out, anytime between 3pm and 7pm.


HILLEL SLEEPOVER! Friday Jan 20th after Shabbat. Wear your pajamas. Get excited.


Winter Nature Hike with the awesome Rabbi Cohen

Sunday, January 22nd, outside. 10am-1:30pm. Transcendentalism on snowshoes for Jews. First 8 people to sign up can go! Email Rachel at rmdicker@middlebury.edu to reserve your spot ASAP.


Spring Break Trip to Kayam Farms in Maryland

Biking and hiking and sailing and yoga and Jewish learning and organic farming. What could be better? Please email me at bkearns@middlebury.edu to say you’re interested. Deposits are due by the end of this month, and space is limited!


Cool post-Midd opportunity from lovely alum Gabi Friedman ’11: “Hello! I graduated from Middlebury last year, and miss Hillel services! I’m writing to let you know about the incredible year I am having learning about Jewish pluralism in Chicago, while engaging in socially just work. I’m currently a Corps member in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. I work at Apna Ghar, Inc. (a non-profit serving immigrant victims of domestic violence) as a legal advocate, and live with 13 other Avodahniks in Chicago. We are all working in full-time positions at anti-poverty non-profits, but as Americorps volunteers. We live in subsidized housing and create community through consensus decision-making. We also engage in experiential learning about Judaism and social justice through weekly educational programming. I would love to share more with you about my experience in AVODAH this year and help answer any questions you might have about the program! Please feel free to reach me at  friedman.gabrielle@gmail.com. The application deadline is coming up on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Please let me know if I can help you in any way in completing your application! I know that the deadline is close, but I also heard of AVODAH late in the process last year, and it is definitely possible to get it done when your heart is in it! Good luck!”

December 7, 2011



Same time, same place in FIC with services at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30.  It is the last official Shabbat of the semester, so come say goodbye before break, especially to those of us who will be abroad the rest of the year!



Elections will immediately precede services at 5 in FIC.  If you are running please make sure you are on time (if not a little early!).  If you are not running, still please be on time so we can get things moving.  Come support your friends/Jewish acquaintances!



The Bubble will be screened on this Thursday (tomorrow) at 7 pm in Axinn 232.  If you liked Walk on Water you will love this movie by the same director!


Next week, there will most likely be Shabbat services for people who are still on campus.  We will keep you updated!

November 30, 2011


Services starting at 5:30 at FIC with dinner following at 6:30 as usual.


Timi Mayer is speaking Wednesday night at 7:30 in BiHall 104 about her experience as an Israeli professor at a small, liberal arts college.


David Imber will be leading the third Yiddish event of the semester, a discussion about Yiddish poetry at 7 pm in FIC this Thursday night.  There will be Flatbread pizza!


This Saturday is the annual Bat Mitzvah Party with our very own Bat Mitzvah girls starting at 10 PM.


Elections for new board members will be next Friday, December 9th before services.  The positions that are available are:

Tzedek Chair- plans and organizes programming and events connected to community service and mitzvah work

Rituals Chair- coordinates and organizes religious programming, including leading Shabbat services and working with Rabbi Ira to plan High Holiday services

Israel Chair- plans and runs events about Israel and Israeli culture

Freshman Liaison- this position is for Freshmen only, who communicates with other Freshmen in Hillel and gain experience as a member of Hillel board

*these positions are open to everyone


If you want to run, please email me, helkin@middlebury.edu, a brief statement of intent detailing the position you are running for, your qualifications, and why you are interested in this position by Monday, December 5th.

November 16, 2011


5:30 dinner and 6:30 services in FIC.
This Thursday night we will be hosting a discussion on food justice, led by Nadia Schreiber and Jacob Udell, who will be talking about their experiences working in food justice-related organizations.  Come at 8 pm to FIC to experience the magic/justice.
The screening of Walk on Water, a thrilling and exciting Israeli film about Israeli spies tracking down Nazis will be on this Sunday at 4:30 in Axinn 232.  It’s a seriously good movie, and you will sound so cultured when you tell your friends you went to see an Israeli film
The second academic forum of the year is on Wednesday, November 30th with noted Geography professor Timi Mayer, who will be speaking about her experience as an Israeli professor at a small liberal arts college
Things to look for in the future:
Hebrew House- the Hebrew House is rising again! If you are a speaker of Hebrew and will be on campus next year, please consider living in the House! It is a great opportunity to work on and/or maintain your language skills, as well as a great resource for the new and developing Hebrew program.  If you are interested/would like to commit to living in the House, please email Prof. Larry Yarbrough (yarbroug@middlebury.edu)
November 9, 2011


Services at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 in FIC.  This week is Localvore Shabbat, when we will celebrate locally grown foods!  Members of Weybridge will be present for this evening of what I’m sure will be filled with apples, maple syrup, cheese, and other Vermont-y things as well as helping out with the actual cooking!
go/dancemarathon to register with the Hillel team, or sign up at the door on Friday at 7:30 pm in McCullough!  Help out a great cause and dance the night and early morning away!!
Next Thursday, November 17th will be a discussion about food justice led by Nadia Schreiber and Jacob Udell in FIC at 8 pm
On Sunday, November 20th at 4:30 in Axinn 232 there will a screening of the Israeli film Walk on Water, co-sponsered by the Film Department and German Club.  Come see the exciting tale of love, friendship, and Israeli spies hunting down Nazis (reminder: this film is not The Debt)
Food for Thought
Elections for Hillel board are coming up in about a month, so if you are interested in running for a board position, now’s the time to start thinking about it!  There will be several positions opening up, and everyone is welcome to run!! If you have any questions, get in touch with any member of the board, and we would be more than happy to talk with you!
November 2, 2011
  • Come hear Ted Sasson speak about his research on Birthright Israel for ½ hour to 45 minutes (with power point!).  Questions/discussion to follow.
  • BiHall 216 at 7:30 Wednesday the 2nd


1. thursday at 6pm at hillel… there will be Flatbread


1. come partner w/ havurah to host community supper at the congregational church in town this friday!
2. they especially need volunteers from 4-5:30, email brenna kearns if you would like to do it (Bkearns@middlebury.edu)


1. come at 5:30 for services, 6:30 for dinner


October 26, 2011

Back to normal time this week- 5:30 in FIC for services, followed by dinner at 6:30.  Keep your eyes open for some of our favorite alums who will be in attendance!

Pumpkin Carving Hangout
Thursday night (i.e. tomorrow night) Hillel is participating in the VSO pumpkin carving event! Come by FIC at 8 pm to help carve pumpkins that will be donated to Porter Hospital.

Beth Berkowitz Lecture
Thursday/tomorrow at 4:30 in Hilcrest 103 (the Orchard) Beth Berkowitz, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, will be speaking about Orthodox responses to celebrating Thanksgiving.

Nature Trail Cleanup
This Sunday, Oct, 30th Hillel will be leading a nature trail cleanup trip.  If you are interested, email Leah Robinson (lrobinson@middlebury.edu) to set up a time to meet up!

Havurah Film Screening
Havurah is sponsoring a screening of Live and Become at 4:30 this Sunday at the Ilsley Public Library in town

Things in the near future
Academic Forum- will be returning with a bang next Wednesday, November 3rd with a great lecture by Ted Sasson in BiHall 216
Philosophy Hangout- will also be returning next Thursday, Nov. 4th in FIC.  Join us to take a break from studying for some relaxing, philosophical discourse!
Dance Marathon- sign up! Do it! Go/dancemarathon

Happy Halloween!


October 19, 2011

There will be Shabbat services this Friday! 5:30 at FIC! Please come! There will not be dinner afterwards at FIC.
Yiddish Film- The Dybbuk
In case some of you haven’t heard (which would be hard to do because of all of the amazing advertising) tomorrow is the screening of the classic Yiddish film, The Dybbuk.  Come to Axinn 232 at 7 pm Thursday night (or at 6:30 if you want to get some FLATBREAD) to watch the magic unfold!!

Dance Marathon
Please register! We want to dance the night away with you while raising money for charity! This is basically the last week to sign up, so do it! go/dancemarathon.  Any questions, just holler at Leah Robinson (lrobinson@middlebury.edu)

Things to look forward to in the near future:
Nature trail clean up October 30th
The return of Academic Forums on November 2nd
Fundraising event of a gaga (basically Israeli dodgeball) tournament…while listening to Lady Gaga…or in short GaGa-gaga


October 12, 2011

SUKKAH HANG OUT at 9pm in front of fic (if it rains in fic)
Friday: 6:00pm SERVICES, 7:00pm DINNER in fic
BAGEL BRUNCH at 11am in fic

Oct. 20th: YIDDISH FILM SCREENING, “the dibuyk” at 7pm in axinn
Oct. 30th: SPIRIT AND NATURE HIKE (more info to come)
Nov. 4th: COMMUNITY SUPPER, 5pm at the congregational church
Nov. 11th: DANCE MARATHON, 8pm in mccullough

and now, TO THE NEWS! 

SHABBAT:1. services at 6:00 (ish), dinner 7:00 (ish)

1. tonight at 9pm in the sukkah, if it rains in fic!

BAGEL BRUNCH:1. come to fic w/ your parents at 11am on sunday morning.


1. hillel celeb david imber will host the screening of “dibuyk” at 7pm in axinn on thursday oct. 20th


1. a fun clean-up themed hike in ripton on oct. 30th
2. email leah robinson if you’re interested (


1. come partner w/ havurah to host community supper at the congregational church in town on november 4th!

2. they especially need volunteers from 4-5:30, email brenna kearns if ya wanna do it (Bkearns@middlebury.edu)


1. sign up at go/dancemarathon


October 10, 2011:


Sukkot will be starting this Wednesday! More Jewish holidays! This year, the sukkah will be located outside of FIC, not at the organic garden, to better prepare for HILLEL SLEEPOVER!! On Wednesday, Oct 12 there will be a sleepover in the sukkah! More information will follow, but come hangout, relax, and celebrate Sukkot the biblical way! -If you want to get a sleeping bag, be sure to contact the Mountain Club to check one out.


Parents’ Weekend-

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost Parents’ Weekend! I don’t know about you all, but I know I’m excited to see my mom and dad!  We will be having Shabbat services as usual next week, as well as the Bagel Brunch on Sunday, Oct 16 at 11 a.m.  No reservation is necessary, but please let Rabbi Ira (ischiffe@middlebury.edu) know how many parents/grandparents/pets/imaginary friends you will be bringing so we’ll have a rough estimate


Hebrew Table-

Good news for all speakers of Hebrew! Hebrew table will be starting up again this week!  So if you feel like brushing up on your language skills, head on over Redfield Proctor on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons at 12:20, as well as Tuesday nights at 5:30.  Even if the only thing you know how to say is “shalom,” come and say that!


Dance Marathon-

Some of you may still be a little confused about what Dance Marathon is- think of Relay for Life, except dancing for 12 hours instead of walking.  To register with Hillel’s team, go to go/dancemarathon and sign up.  We’ll prove that Jews are as great dancers as we are daven-ers!


Community Supper-

Havurah will be hosting a Community Supper on November 4 and are looking for some helpers.  If you are interested, please email Brenna Kearns to find out more information (bkearns@middlebury.edu).