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You Are Invited to the Dedication of Middlebury’s New Steinway Concert Grand Piano on March 1

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On Saturday, March 1, the campus community is invited to two special events celebrating the dedication of the College’s new Steinway concert grand piano, given by the Rothrock Family in honor of Jessica and Ron Liebowitz.  Many students, faculty, and staff have already taken an opportunity to get acquainted with this beautiful new instrument.

Polisi, Joseph W.

First, Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, will give a public lecture on “The Arts, Education, and the Human Experience” at 4:30 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Dr. Polisi is a leading college administrator; a writer in the fields of music, public policy, and the arts; and an accomplished bassoonist. Middlebury awarded Polisi an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2010.  Read more at http://www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/node/469626.


piano_aloneLater that night, at 8:00 p.m., the Concert Hall will host a festive evening of classical and jazz piano performances by members of the Middlebury College community: Cameron Toh ’17, Shannia Fu ’17, David Heschel Liebowitz, Gwendolyn Toth ’77, Felix Klos ’14 with Dick Forman, and Nathaniel Rothrock ’12.5 with Jeff Buettner. The event will also include the screening of the new video “Selecting a Steinway” by Stephen Diehl and Matt Lennon ’13. A reception will follow the performances.

It’s free, but tickets are required.  Get your tickets at http://go.middlebury.edu/boxoffice, xMIDD, or by stopping by either Box Office location in McCullough or the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Read more about the piano’s arrival at http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/524638/node/464247.

Mummies, Monsters, and Houses of the Dead: A Flashlight Tour of the Middlebury College Museum of Art

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With only a flashlight to guide you, take an after-hours tour of the creepy and fantastical arts of the tomb, in the Museum’s Antiquities and Asian galleries, followed by a walk to the Mummy’s grave in West Cemetery.  Cider, donuts, and flashlights will be provided.

Two separate tours are available:

  • Saturday, October 26, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – This tour is for children 8-12 years old with accompanying adult.
  • Thursday, October 31, 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – This tour is for college ID holders (students, faculty, staff)

To reserve your spot for either date, contact Mikki Lane:
mlane@middlebury.edu  or 802.443.2309

Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of November 12

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Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon. As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at middmag@middlebury.edu.

Hillel, week of 10/10/11

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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).

All about Winter Term Internships: Info Session on Tuesday

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Join me on Tuesday, September 27, at either 12:30 or 4:30 in Hillcrest 103 to learn all about what you can do for internships over Winter Term.

There are 30 plus opportunities in MOJO right now! If something there doesn’t strike your fancy, check out what students have done the last 3 Winter Terms. Did you know we have these reports here?

Are you wondering about how to get credit? Well first read this, or just come to the info session and I’ll tell you all about it.

See you there!
-Tim in EIA
Winter Term internships man with the plan

Hillel, week of 5/6

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Elections to the board will be held at 5:30 today (Friday). BE there to support the candidates and cast your vote!

Services at 6, dinner at 7.

Senior Shabbat

Every year, we take the Shabbat before finals to celebrate the seniors for everything they have done at Hillel and beyond! We’ll be reminiscing, tearing-up, and maybe poking a little fun too. Don’t miss the chance to toast (and roast) the seniors
Yom Ha’atzmaut
This Tuesday, we will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day. Yahooooo! (I mean Mazal Tov). We will be celebrating with food (falafel!) and Israel dance (Carllee James). Take a break from reading day to have some fun. The celebration will take place Tuesday, May 10th, at 1:30 pm outside of Hillel.

Here is a great Jewish social justice summer fellowship opportunity for passionate college students.

Have a great day, Shmuly

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you want to impact the world? Join Uri L’Tzedek Summer Fellowship, a 6-week program, from June 27th-August 5th, that provides fellows a unique opportunity to work with Uri L’Tzedek’s staff and board to experience firsthand how to create an effective non-profit organization, gain exposure to communal Jewish issues, effect change through service projects and learn Torah, social justice philosophy, and community organizing models. Only a few spots left! For more information and to apply please contact Raizel Druxman at raizel.druxman@utzedek.org.

Rav Shmuly

חזק ואמץ- Live with Courage!

Hillel, week of 4/22

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1. Shabbat
Services will begin this week at 6pm, but Hillel will open at 5:45.  Dinner will follow.
2. Academic Forum- On Wednesday April 20th (Today) at 7:30 in Bi-Hall 220, Professor Nathan Devir will be giving a lecture titled “Judaic Cultural Variables: Convergence or Divergence ” It should be a great lecture and we hope to see you all there.
2.5 Pesach- Hillel is open during select lunch and dinner hours with kosher for Passover food as well as a kitchen in which you can prepare kosher for Passover food. Please email Zach Fenster for more information
3. Elections- We are holding elections for board positions on Friday May 6th, before services (time to be announced). Serving on the board is a great way to get more involved with Hillel and a chance for you to organize our great events.  We have a lot of open spots this year (the full list is below).  If you are interested, please start putting together a statement of intent for your desired position explaining why you want to hold the associated position.  More information as well as more complete descriptions will follow.
The positions are as follow:
Social chair-Help to organize Hillel’s two major parties as well as Hillel Hangout.
Rituals chair- Organize weekly Shabbat services.  Work with Rabbi Ira to organize the religious aspects of other holidays (especially the high holidays).
Treasurer (You need to the full year to apply)- Organize and maintain Hillel’s Finances.  Email Steve for more information about what this entails.
Secretary- Help with organizing and publicity.  Part of the responsibilities Take notes at meetings,
Academic- You organize academic events.  Of note this year has been the academic forum speakers, and in the past have included bringing in outside speakers and films.
Meals chair- Organize Shabbat meals weekly.  Your are responsible for making sure that there are meals every
4. Jewish Speed Dating (and relay for life fundraiser). This Saturday from 9-11.
Is Yente not giving you enough action?
Are you tired of combing the panini machines for a Jewess who sets your heart aflutter?
Have you seen a cute Jew, but don’t know how to approach him?
Looking for a date to bring home to your grandmother’s seder?
Got a lover, but looking for a friend?
Did Jyoti not set you up with anyone you like?
Want to fight back against cancer?

Hillel is here to help! This Saturday night, April 23rd, we’re hosting the return of Speed Dating, Jew-style. For a ten dollar contribution to RELAY FOR LIFE (join the team here: https://secure3.convio.net/tacs/site/TRR/5135858), you will be matched with some other lovely people eager to get to know you. Not Jewish, you ask? No problem, as long as you’re open to cute boys in yarmulkas and not too into your pork chops.

Hillel speed dating is open to EVERYONE, regardless of sexual preference, relationship status, or Jewishness. More than anything, it’s a great chance to meet a new friend, and who knows? Yente might just have someone special in store for you…

There will be cheese & matzoh mmm. And maybe a little something else to wash it down with.

5. Relay L’Chaim- Looking for a Relay for Life team? Join Hillel’s (team name= Relay L’Chaim). The Relay itself is always really fun and helps to support a great cause.
(Registration is $10, but you can sign up and pay later).
Have more questions: Email Brenna