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Hillel, week of 5/6

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

Rav Shmuly

חזק ואמץ- Live with Courage!

Hillel, week of 4/22

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:, 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

Hillel Happenings, 3/10


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 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.

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

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
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


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:

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

Birthright Israel Registration

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
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.
**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
Hope to see you’re name on the registration list!
Middlebury Hillel