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Hillel eNewsletter - Volume 4, Issue 1

From the President

F&M Students, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,

We at F&M are gearing up for a great fall semester full of Hillel excitement.  At the end of last semester, the board and I began planning many new event ideas for the upcoming weeks. Some of these themes include a tie-dye café to kick off the semester, during which we will be tie dying this year’s Hillel shirts! We’re looking forward to continuing traditions, such as Chinese Food Shabbat, as well as trying new things, like “Hillel Through the Ages”, a Shabbat theme scheduled for Family and Homecoming weekend. The feelings of community and dedication to Jewish life have been two of the foremost commitments, which have led to more and more students applying for programs such as Birthright this past year.  Hillel has been committed to enriching students’ lives as Diplomats and as Jews, and this will most certainly continue through this fall, my last semester as president, and beyond.

Please check the F&M Hillel website and Facebook account for pictures of these wonderful events to come!


-Natali Naveh ‘13

   President of Hillel ’11-‘12 

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A New Year!

                Here at F&M Hillel, we are excited for the arrival of a new academic year and the return of our students.   There is much to look forward to and we are confident that this will be another terrific year.   We are blessed to be working with our talented, experienced Hillel Board, our new Jewish Engagement Fellows and our other wonderful students.   Please look at this issue and future newsletters for updates and stories about and from our students and community.  Please feel free to contact us with your suggestions and questions. We wish you all a healthy and joyful New Year!

Ralph and Jordan

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F&M Hillel goes to St. Louis

                 This year, F&M Hillel has hired four Engagement Interns, or JEFS (Jewish Engagement Fellows) to help reach out to our student population.  Our interns helps F&M students build relationships with other Jewish students on campus, connect to their Jewish life, and experience meaningful Jewish opportunities.  From August 8-12, our four JEFS were at Washington University in St. Louis for training.  Throughout the four days, the interns learned how to network, engage their peers, create successful programs, and much more at F&M.

   The following is what Molly Sulds ’14, recalls from Hillel Institute:

   On our first night, we visited the City Museum. The City Museum is basically an indoor playground for adults and was a great opportunity to connect with students from other campuses.   On our second night, we had a session called “Breaking Boundaries”.  This late night conversation required openness and helped us to develop closer bonds within our campus as well as with our peers from Dickinson College (whom we were paired with for most of the conference).

    Shabbat was incredible at Institute.  There was a wide variety of options available for Shabbat and they were all amazing. Both the Friday night service I chose and the Kabbalah discussion I attended on Saturday broadened my perception of Shabbat and different ways of practicing Judaism.  The main focus of Institute for interns is being able to connect with students and faculty members from Hillel’s across North America. Although much of our time was spent in campus groups, the free time and Shabbat choices allowed for bonding with faculty members and students from other schools. Not only did it allow us to create friendships, it also helped us to understand the wide impact of Hillel and the multiple ways in which a Hillel can function.

     On our final day in St. Louis, we visited the Arch.  Although it is a rather touristy thing to do, it was fun to ride up in tiny elevators. On a more serious note, it also allowed us to reflect upon our time at St. Louis and the ways in which we could bring lessons back to our roles as student leaders.  Overall, the four of us had truly meaningful experiences and it really helped us to get ready for this year at F&M Hillel.

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Molly Sulds ’14, Bryce Loebel ’15, Eric Mellis ’13, Chelsea Berg ‘15

Alumni wins Development Volunteer Award

            The Klehr Center for Jewish Life and F&M Hillel would like to congratulate Morris “Maury” Garten ’89 for receiving the Alumni Development Volunteer Award presented by Franklin and Marshall College.  Maury Garten, has been recognized for his remarkable efforts in support of the College.

       According to the citation, Maury was a former Chair of the Klehr Center for Jewish Life Board and now an active Board member.  Over the years, Maury has successfully helped Dean Ralph Taber and the Klehr Center staff to raise operating funds each year since the Klehr Center was built. He works annually with the Klehr Center for Jewish Life Board to develop a solicitation strategy and then helps to ensure that the strategy is successfully implemented. Now, Mr. Garten is spearheading the effort to raise money to support larger initiatives for the Center, including a Student Activities Fund in honor of retiring Dean David Stameshkin.

      The Alumni Development Volunteer Award is presented by the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board of Directors to recognize the efforts of a dedicated alumna or alumnus on behalf of the College’s fundraising efforts.

Mazel Tov Maury!

Dean Taber to serve on Hillel Board of Directors

   Dr. Ralph Taber wears many hats at F&M, be it as an Associate Dean of the College or Hillel Director.  Now, Dean Taber has one more hat to wear.  F&M Hillel is pleased to announce that Hillel International has approved the three-year appointment of Dean Taber to serve as one of the 5 professional members of the International Board of Directors.

     Rob Goldberg, Vice President of Hillel said, “Ralph as you know has been a valued leader for our  “Small and Mighty” Hillel community and we are delighted that he will now lend his voice and share his wisdom with our Board during the next three years.”

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