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Hillel Happenings, 3/10

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Friday night, services at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, FIC Jewish Center.

Holi-Purim dinner:

March 17th, 5:30-7PM, Atwater Dining.  RSVP to Ellen McKay at emckay@middlebury.edu for a spot.

Hillel Academic Forum:

Professor Schine, “Is Jewish Philosophy Possible?”, March 15th, 7:30, Location TBA.

Purim Party:

Saturday night, March 19th, Pearsons Lounge.  Be there.

Middlebury and Brandeis establish program in Israel!

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Friday, March 18th, 12:30 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall 219, Lecture by Professor Michael Brenner, Universität München

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Lecture by Professor Michael Brenner, Universität München
“The Politics of Jewish Historiography: How to Construct a Usable Past.”
RSVP is essential (a sandwich lunch will be served), by NOON on Monday, March 14th to Charlene Barrett, Tel. 443-5289 or email cmbarret@middlebury.edu.
Michael Brenner is Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich (Germany).  He taught previously at Indiana University and Brandeis University and was visiting professor at the universities of Stanford, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Budapest, Haifa, Paris, and Lucerne.  He is the International Vice-President of the Leo Baeck Institute and a member of the Bavarian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Among his book publications are A Short History of The Jews (Princeton UP 2010, German 2008, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish translations), Prophets of the Past: Interpreters of Jewish History (Princeton UP 2010, German 2006), Zionism: A Brief History (2003, German 2002, Italian and Korean translations), The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany (1996, German and Hebrew translations), and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany (1997, German 1995). He is co-author of the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times (1996-98).
Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, the Religion Department and the History Department, with support from the Aquinnah Fund for Jewish Studies

Middlebury College Hillel 2011-02-10 20:39:48

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1. Friday services start at 5:30.

Dinner will be served following services (6:30ish)

Services and dinner are in the Jewish center.  The Jewish center is in Freeman on the side facing campus (South).

2. There will be new febs!


1. do you wanna apply!?

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.

2. contact
alex geller for more info.

SUNDAY MOVIE: Praying With Lior

From IMBd: “Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a spiritual genius”


1. is anyone interested in learning how to bake warm, crusty, soft-in-the-middle, raisony, chocolate chip, deliiicious challah, FOR OTHER PEOPLE!? then challah for hunger
is for you! contact brenna kearns.

Debbie Friedman Memorial Service
This coming Friday with be the shloshim (30 days) since Debbie Friedman passed away.
As a way to honor her and her music, Ohavi Zedek (OZ) Synagogue in Burlington will have a Friday night service using Debbie’s music almost exclusively.

Since so many of you grew up on this music you might want to join us.

It will be nice to have a Middlebury College group present.

Services begin at 6 pm and the address is 188 N. Prospect st.

Hope to see you there,

Timi Mayer

1. there’s gonna be a hebrew house

2. anyone is welcome to apply!

Cool Relay for Life type volunteer opportunity
It is called Hope on the Slopes and is basically a Relay help on a downhill ski slope.  Teams ski and snowboard all day to show the strength and endurance you need to beat cancer.  We electronically track their vertical and total distances and intersperse the skiing with theme hours, games, entertainment and speakers.  The event will be held March 12 from 9am-8pm at Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Bolton, about a 1.25 hour drive from lovely Middlebury (hotel deals are available if you want).  For more information see: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/CommunityFundraisingPages/CFPFY10NewEngland?pg=entry&fr_id=34535

If you’re interested in spearheading a Middlebury Hillel team for this year, or next email me

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.