From Sonya Levine ’17:
Tired of eight days of monotonous Passover food?
Help cook a FREE, vegetarian, kosher for Pesakh brunch from 11:00 am
onward, no prior cooking experience needed. We will also be cooking
one VEGAN recipe! When we’ve finished preparing a plethora of exciting
recipes, we’ll eat!
We’ll also read some humorous stories about Passover by Sholom
Aleichem, author of the “Tevye the Dairyman” short stories that were
the inspiration for “Fiddler on the Roof”, and listen to wonderful
Sponsored by the Wesleyan Jewish Community, The Bayit, and the Yiddish
Book Center with support from the Jack & Ruthe B. Cowl Center for
Date: Saturday, April 19 (tomorrow)
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Place: The Bayit (157 Church Street)
There will be a semi-traditional chill potluck Seder tomorrow night, April 15, in the Bayit lounge. All are welcome to attend! It would be great if you could bring something (kosher for Passover), so there will be enough for everyone. If you plan on coming, please email sblumenstock (at) wesleyan (dot) edu .
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: The Bayit
In recent months, colleges around the nation have started challenging Hillel International over their policy surrounding Israel discourse. The movement first started at Harvard, where the local Hillel was barred by the national organization from co-sponsoring a discussion with a Palestinian student group.
Swarthmore became the first “Open Hillel” in early December, declaring that they will no longer abide by the guidelines presented by Hillel national. In their official statement, Swarthmore’s Hillel declared that, “All are welcome to walk through our doors and speak with our name and under our roof, be they Zionist, anti-Zionist, post-Zionist, or non-Zionist.”
Hillel’s official guidelines specify that groups or speakers that deny the right of Israel to exist, support the BDS (boycott, divest and sanction) movement or, “delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel” will not be hosted by the organization.
The movement has been met with backlash, especially from the national Hillel organization. As quoted in the New York Times, Eric Fingerhut, the president and chief executive of Hillel, responded to the movement by stating that, “ ‘anti-Zionists’ will not be permitted to speak using the Hillel name or under the Hillel roof, under any circumstances.”
Sonia Max ’17 wants you to act on the following:
A WORKSHOP LED BY AKIVA GERSH
Akiva Gersh is a Jewish History teacher coming to us from Jerusalem.
Come discover the inner soul of activism. On a spiritual level, what
is driving our desire to be activists and how can we prevent ourselves
from becoming overwhelmed, depressed or burned-out by the problems
we’re trying to solve
Date: February 13th, 2014
Time: 7:45 – 9:00 PM
Place: WestCo Lounge
Give Bubbe a kiss. There you go.
You poor thing, you’re starved. All skin and bones. College isn’t feeding you enough. C’mon, eat a little more. Here, I got some still in the oven— you like that matzah brei? I know you do. Plenty more where that came from.
Still have room for more? Rebecca Koppel ’14 wants you to have a proper Passover, just like at Bubbe’s:
Come to the Bayit this Saturday from 11-2 to help make (or just help eat) lotsa matzah brei. If you’ve never been to a Jewish event at Wesleyan before, this is a great time to start! If you’ve been to more Jewish events at Wesleyan than you can count, this is a great time to continue! If you don’t know what matzah brei is, come and try it! Come whenever you can and stay for 5 minutes or for all 3 hours!
If the front door isn’t open, come around to the back and knock on the kitchen door.
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Place: The Bayit
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Cost: As free as the Jews after they crossed the Red Sea!
“You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.”
Neither snow nor ice nor free speech restrictions could stop her: as planned, Judith Butler, famed Professor of Rhetoric and Literature at University of California Berkeley, spoke in Memorial Chapel yesterday to a full-capacity crowd about the writings of philosopher Martin Buber and the promise they may hold for reinstating open dialogue about peace in the Middle East.
Butler was introduced by President Roth, who pointed out that she embodied the Wesleyan mission statement to a tee as a practitioner of “courageous responsibility, which is difficult to carry out to the street and back to the academy.” Professor of Anthropology and American Studies Margot Weiss, who provided background on her for a few minutes afterward, was greeted by a enthusiastic wave of applause when she rose to the stage. Realizing what had happened due to her faintly resembling Butler, she shouted, “I am not Judith Butler, but thank you!” She went on to draw connections between Butler’s current work and the work on gender that she is best known for, saying that her most recent book, Parting Ways, sees Judaism as a kind of “anti-identitarian project.”
Butler’s approach to critiquing Israeli policies was so carefully measured and focused on separating the Jewish people from the idea of the Jewish state that she paused halfway through to assure people she wasn’t a robot. She also thanked the audience for their patient listening and respect for her views, saying, “You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.” Laughter ensued.
Britt Duncan ’15 invites you to check out the self-explanatory flier to the right, or to do the following:
Come warm up with some Chai and Chocolate in the WestCo lounge!
All kibitzing and kvetching welcome!
Sponsored by WestCo and the Jewish Community.
Date: Sunday, November 11t
Time: 8 pm to 9 pm
Place: WestCo Lounge
Why: Because free
Herzl Forest Poster for the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish National Fund, 1954
From Prof. Magda Teter:
Another academic year is about to end. Just a few classes are left. A crunch time for our students and faculty, but also a time to celebrate students’ achievements. Since 2010 students and faculty have celebrated students’ projects in Jewish and Israel Studies. And while some students will indeed graduate with the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate this year, others are still working on their courses, and still some are engaged in research and creative projects contributing to Jewish and Israel Studies without getting the certificate.
Topics of student presentations will include politics of trees in Israel/Palestine; folklore among Jews from Europe and Arab countries; Holocaust memory and family story; women and Jewish liturgical practices; rhetoric of otherness against Jews and Muslims in Europe; bioethics and Jewish law! And much more.
Come and get inspired to do creative work in Jewish and Israel Studies.
Reception will follow.
Date: Mon., May 7th
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Allbritton 103
Cost: Free (Reception to follow)
From Miriam Kudler-Flam ’15:
Tu’Beshvat is here! Tu’Beshvat is the Jewish birthday of the trees – celebrating the time when spring is just around the corner.
We will be having a Tu’Beshvat gathering at Earth House, 7 PM on Wednesday (2/8) to celebrate!
The gathering will be a mixture of traditional Tu’Beshvat rituals (making blessings over fruit, thinking about Kabbalist/mystical interpretations of the holiday, among other things), Hebrew and English songs and poems, seed planting, and discussion surrounding environmentalism, gratitude, and the human connection with the natural world.
Everyone is welcome!
If you would like to, please bring a tree/nature/spring/similarly related poem or song to share.
DATE: Wednesday, February 8th
TIME: 7 PM – 8 PM
PLACE: Earth House (159 High Street)
Questions? Suggestions? Contributions? Please contact Miriam at mkudlerflam(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Wesleyan’s chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity is selling t-shirts all week in Usdan.
Here are some reasons you should buy one:
- In Greek, the word means nothing, but it looks like English for “Wesleyan.”
- It’s not the average color for the Wesleyan t-shirt (and that makes it unique!).
- You will receive a genuine Jewish handshake with every purchase.
T-shirts are $8 a piece.
If you would like to reserve a shirt or if you have any questions, please contact Alex Pack ’14 at apack(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.