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Birthright Israel Registration

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Dear Middlbury Hillelites,
We hope you’re enjoying a wonderful February Break! We thought we could let you know of the fast approaching registration date for Birthright Israel trips this summer.
Are you interested in traveling to Israel with all of your friends… for FREE?? If you’re Jewish, between ages 18-26, and have never been on a peer-group trip to Israel, you qualify for a FREE 10 day trip to Israel with the Birthright program. Registration is easy, so grab your friends and check out what Birthright has to offer at www.freeisraeltrip.org.
The Campus Hillel Brithright program offers trips in May, June, and August of 2011, and registration is approaching quickly!
For previous applicants, registration opens at 12:00 noon eastern time on Monday, February 14.
For new applicants, registration opens at 10:00 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday, February 15.
THE REGISTRATION SITE IS: www.freeisraeltrip.org
**Note: A deposit fee is required at the time of registration
Get an idea of what to expect in the application process here: Birthright Application Outline
Past participants recall highlights such as:
Visiting the Western Wall
A jeep ride on the Golan Heights.
Floating in the Dead Sea.
Seeing the sunrise at Masada.
An archaeological dig, a night in a Bedouin tent.
A mifgash (encounter) with your Israeli peers.
Swimming in the Mediterranean at sunset.
If you’re confused, hesitant, or bursting with questions, feel free to contact Middlebury Hillel’s Israel Chair, Alex Geller, at ageller@middlebury.edu.
Hope to see you’re name on the registration list!
Middlebury Hillel

Miscellaneous Jews News, 1/23

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Alternative Spring Break
During Spring Break, Hillel will be hosting an alternative Spring Break Trip at the Kayam Farm. Kayam is a Jewish educational farm in Maryland, and we’ll spend a few days farming as well as hiking, canoeing, and biking in the Chesapeake Bay Area. If you haven’t yet made plans for Spring Break, these trips are always a blast and a meaningful way to spend a week off. Currently, there are a few spots remaining on the trip. For more information and to figure out how to secure your spot, email Sean Maye.
Hebrew House?
Students, faculty, and the Hebrew Department have submitted a proposal for a Hebrew Language House for next year!  We are looking for students interested in living there that have a background in Hebrew.  Please email Hannah Elkin (helkin@middlebury.edu) or Steven Dunmire (sdunmire@middlebury.edu) if you’re interested.  This an exciting development for Hebrew at Middlebury and we’d love to hear from you!
Have you been on Birthright? Want to go again?
The Birthright Israel Revisited Fellows program is a post birthright opportunity for 2-3 leaders on your campus created by Boston’s own Peter Bendetson( a wonderful friend of Hillel) with Taglit Birthright Israel and the Israeli government.  They are looking for freshman, sophomores or juniors who have had a birthright experience and who have the potential to serve in leadership positions on your campus. The program is heavily subsidized with a cost per participant of $500 (which may be waived if there are pressing circumstances). Interested? Email me for more information.

Hillel News, 1/14

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1. Shabbat
It’s a themed Shabbat!!!! This week’s theme: Prom.  Come fifteen minutes early (5:15) to drink punch and have your prom picture taken. You can even nominate prom king or queen (email Leah) Be sure to wear your favorite prom outfit!
As normal, services start at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30.
2. Community Supper
Friday in two weeks (the 21st), the Religious Life Council is hosting community supper – a restaurant style meal in town open to all residents of Addison County. As a member of the RLC, Hillel is responsible for one shift: 3:30-5:30 (the food preparation shift).Since we are responsible for bringing students, please RSVP if you are planning on attending (we need as many students as possible). It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet members of the greater Addison Country community.
3. Tu Bishvat is Wednesday the 19th. Be on the look out for information about a Seder or related text study next week.

Modern Hebrew Candidate Lecture this week – Wednesday at 12:30

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You are invited to the following lecture by
Bracha Azoulay
Brandeis University
“Israeli-Ethiopian Mothers:
Ethnic Identity, Hebrew Language
and Dealing with Disabilities”
Wednesday, January 12th
12:30 p.m.

Munroe Hall room 314
Dr. Azoulay is a candidate for the three year position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew.

Hillel News, 1/6

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Shabbat
Friday Night services at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Come for either or both, it’ll be great food and a lot of fun as always!
Community Supper
Havurah, the Jewish community in town, is running this week’s community supper – a restaurant style meal in town open to all residents of Addison County. It’s on Friday, and Hillel usually helps out by bringing students down to help with the setting up and serving. If you’re interested in going, we’ll be meeting at ADK circle at 4:15 on Friday to walk down together.  It’s a lot of fun and Community Suppers can always use extra hands, so if you have time make sure to come by!

Havdalah

Hillel will also be holding a Havdalah service at the Jewish Center on Saturday night at 5:30pm. Havdalah is a short service (10 minutes or so) that marks the end of Shabbat and the transition into the week. It’s quick and really enjoyable, and if you’ve never been to Havdalah before we’ll explain the steps.

Shabbat services December 10th

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Still on campus?  Not to worry!  Shabbas services are still happening at 5:30PM.

If you won’t be here, have a good break and safe travels!

Hanukkah

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Hanukkah begins tonight, Wednesday Dec. 1st. We’ll be lighting a menorah together at the Jewish Center tonight (Wed.) at 5:30pm, Thursday at 5:30, Friday right before Shabbat, and Saturday also at 5:30pm. It only takes a few minutes and will be a nice break from studying, so make sure to stop by, even if you can only make it the first night!