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Eight Crazy Nights: Chanukah with the Wesleyan Jewish Community

An invitation from Isabel Fattal ’17:

The Wesleyan Jewish Community invites you to celebrate Chanukah! There will be a variety of ways to celebrate throughout the week. We encourage people of all backgrounds to join us for as many activities as they’d like!

Dates: Monday, December 7th through Sunday, December 13th
Various times, places, and activities. For details, check out the Facebook event page HERE.

Read on after the jump for a schedule of events:

‘Crossing Lines’ Reflection Activity

From Emma Golub ’16:

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is celebrated this year beginning on the evening of September 22. Following the traditional evening service, I will be leading an exercise in mindfulness called ‘Crossing Lines’. Talia Baurer ’15 brought this to our community at Wes; you may have participated in variations of it with her throughout the past 3 years(!) or elsewhere.

One side of the room will be designated ‘Agree’, the other ‘Disagree’. I will read aloud statements and we will shuffle about the room according to our levels of agreement. If you are uncertain about a statement or don’t wish to share, you’re welcome to stand in the middle, or step outside of the activity. The space we create is judgment-free and confidential. The idea is to practice a consciousness, to be a support system, to learn. You certainly do not need to be Jewish to participate. The statements range from small-talk/sillier to quite personal, and we will have a discussion afterwards!

Contact me with questions–egolub[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Today, September 22
Time: 9-10pm
Place: The Bayit, 157 Church St.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

yom-hashoah-candlesStephanie Blumenstock ’16:

Come join the Jewish Community as we observe Holocaust Remembrance
Day. There will be an exhibit with artwork, prose, and poetry set up
in the Exley lobby all day on Sunday, with a short commemoration and
poetry reading beginning at 5:30 with members of the Wesleyan
community and members of Middletown’s synagogue, Adath Israel. All are

Date: Sunday, April 27

Time: 5:30-6:00 PM

Place: Exley Lobby

Nature Reflection Walk

From Talia Baurer ’15:3338431271_JumpingInLeaves_xlarge

Enjoying the changing colors outside? Feeling reflective? Want a
little bit of exercise to work off all that midterm stress-eating?
Come on a reflective nature walk this Friday evening with the Jewish
community to start off autumn right! The walk will begin and end at
the Bayit, where Shabbat dinner will follow as usual. See you there!

Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 6-7 P.M.
Place: the Bayit, 157 Church St. (rain or shine!)

Music, Dancing, and Food for Simchat Torah


Courtesy of Matthew Stein ’16:

Join the Jewish community for a night of music from Wesleyan’s klezmer band Veeblefetzer, dancing led by world-renowned Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub (WHAT A MENSCH!), and free food (IT’S FREE!) Shabbat services will begin at 5:30, the festivities will start immediately afterwards at approximately 6:15, and a home-cooked Shabbat dinner will follow as usual.

Sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center with support from the Jack & Ruthe B. Cowl Center for Jewish Culture.

Date: Friday, September 27
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: The Bayit (157 Church St)
Facebook: Here!

Jewish Community Havurah Meeting

From Rebecca Koppel ’14:

Are you interested in getting involved in the Jewish community? Come to the first Havurah meeting of the year and find out how you can get involved. This meeting is open to everyone regardless of previous engagement in the Jewish community on or off campus. We will be discussing upcoming events, celebrations for the forthcoming holidays, and anything else you wish to bring to the table!

You can find us on Tuesday evenings at 6PM on the right/non-conveyor belt/Coke side of Usdan. If you can’t make the meeting and wish to be involved or have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail rekoppel[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: TODAY Sept 9
Time: 6PM to 7PM
Place: Mink Dining Hall (Usdan right side)

Hanukkah Celebration with Rabbi David

Want to celebrate Hanukkah or enjoy music? From Sydney Lewis ’14:

Come light candles and sing songs to celebrate Hanukkah with Rabbi David and the Wesleyan Jewish community!

Date: December 9, 2012
Time: 5 pm-6 pm
Place: Olin Lobby

Tashlikh: a Jewish Eco-Nature Ritual

The Wesleyan Jewish Community is extending a special open invite for a Rosh Hashanah event with wider appeal:

The Wesleyan Jewish Community invites you to join in Tashlikh, a
Jewish eco-nature ritual during the second day of Rosh Hashanah. The
ritual involves casting away our “excess baggage” from last year as we
throw breadcrumbs into the CT river as a symbol of the parts of us we
want change in the year ahead.

People of all backgrounds are welcome.

D8: Tuesday, Sep. 18
HR: 4 PM
ZONE: The Bayit (157 Church St.)
$: N/A

Jews in the Woods: March 2–4

If you are interested in spending a weekend recharging your Jewish spiritual batteries come to Jews in the Woods!  The Wesleyan Jewish community has been invited to join college students from near and far for a weekend filled with peer learning opportunities, lots of time outside (weather permitting), some of the most spirited praying you’ve ever seen, and just about every other form of participatory Judaism you can think of. The retreat will be held at Camp Aldersgate in Scituate, RI.

For more information about this awesome opportunity, contact mkudlerflam(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or rschisler(at)wesleyan(dot)edu. To register, click here.

Day of Unplugging Makes Triumphant Return

Day of Unplugging, an annual opportunity for students to put down their YouTubes and iPager gadgets and connect with friends by not answering their texts, is back. This time there are a whole series of events by the Wesleyan Jewish community—and free freaking t-shirts. What’s not to like (except not on Facebook)? Sydney Lewis ’14 has more:

Disconnect to reconnect: join the Wesleyan Jewish community as we turn off our technology (phones, iPods, TVs, computers) for a day of reflection and quality time with real people.

  • Day of Unplugging Shabbat, Friday 6 pm
  • Challah for Hunger baking, Saturday 1 pm
  • Yoga with Shira Engel ’14, Saturday 2 pm
  • Meditation with Becky Schisler ’14, Saturday 3 pm
  • Music with Alex Ginsberg ’14 and friends, Saturday 4 pm
  • Havdalah and discussion, Saturday 5 pm


Here’s last year’s video pitch.