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Shalom and Chag Sameach Chaverim!

I want to invite you to our Passover Seder on Monday the 25th of April from 6PM to 11PM located at the Evergreen Longhouse! The theme for our Seder this year is a Joint Exodus from Slavery focusing on the African American and Jewish perspectives.
Please bring a vegan, kosher for passover dish to share, labeling if Kitniyot (corn, rice, peas, lentils, and beans) are added.
I cannot wait to celebrate with you all,

Jonathan Levy-Wolins
Acting Vice President, Fund Raising Chair, Treasurer, Student Co-coordinator
Evergreen Hillel

Shalom,
Recently, the Evergreen Hillel began promotion for Shir L’Shalom, an event which we have envisioned as a way to share our experience of the Hebrew language as a constructive and meaningful force in our lives with our fellow students. We regret that, in the promotion of this event, statements were published that implied a political agenda and a reproach towards some of our fellow students. These comments are in keeping with neither the letter nor the spirit of the Evergreen Hillel’s mission, which includes a commitment to the exploration and expression of all views held by its constituents. We would like to formally apologize for these comments, which wrongfully conflated the personal expression of individuals in our leadership with the official position of the organization.
As a group, the Evergreen Hillel values and encourages any and all personal expression and discourse, but distinguishes the discussion we wish to facilitate from the positions we hold as an organization. The offending comments eroded that distinction, and for that we sincerely apologize. We would like to assure all concerned students that the offending sentiments will not make their way into the event itself, and we hope that this incident will not prevent anyone from attending and enjoying our celebration of song, learning, and peace.
Finally, for those who still believe that the Evergreen Hillel does not represent their values and principles, we would like to invite you to help shape the organization in a way that resonates with you. We are a growing organization, still undergoing substantial development, and your participation can help create a Jewish voice on campus that meets your needs. We seek to provide a community for all, regardless of political or ideological affiliation, and for that we need your help. In hopes of advancing this goal through ongoing discussion, we will be holding a weekly open forum. Our first meeting will take place Friday, February 25th at 3 PM, in a location soon to be determined. The scope of our discussion will span the basics of Hillel’s organizational governance, global affairs, and Jewish events. Please join us in creating a Hillel that both represents and enhances Jewish life on campus.

Thank you,
Hillel Board

Hello,

I understand that words have been written (about Shir l’Shalom: Songs of Peace) that have left some people quite upset. I would value the chance to speak with any concerned members of the community about this face-to-face. To make this easier to achieve, I will be spending Tuesday, from 10am-3pm, in the Hillel cubicle located by the window in Student Activities. I would love to hear what you all have to say, and am sorry that events in my personal life have made getting ahold of me difficult.

I hope to see you Tuesday.

Thanks,

Joshua Levine
President, Evergreen Hillel

WELCOME everybody, to Evergreen Hillel’s Shir L’Shalom: Songs of Peace. Our goal here is simple: To share Hebrew as we’ve grown up experiencing it, from camp, religious school, and synagogue. This is the language some of us have grown up with in our homes, the language some sing in joyously whenever they gather with their peers. Others at the Hillel are just being introduced to the Hebrew language, and this may be the first time they hear it raised in song. The songs we grew up singing celebrate freedom and pray for peace to come to everyone. Some of these songs are ancient, and some are contemporary; I think all of them are beautiful.

Sadly, there are people whose only experience of Hebrew is negative, just as there are parts of the world where English speaking soldiers are present despite a peoples’ wishes otherwise. The actions of a few American soldiers cannot be taken to represent the American people as a whole, and actions of any military cannot be seen as representative of an entire people.

Although we sing in Hebrew, we do so knowing that not everyone experiences it as the language of peace we celebrate here today. We hope for the patience to listen to one another, and pray for the strength and courage to explore new ideas together. Thank you all for joining us today as we celebrate an ancient language that helps tie the Jewish people together, and give voice to it as a language of peace.

B’Shalom (In Peace),

Joshua Levine, President TESC Hillel

P.S. Here’s our song list!

Hinei Mah Tov
Oseh Shalom
Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah
Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem
Lo Yisa Goi
Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu
Shalom Rav
Yihiyeh Tov
Sim Shalom
Shir Chadash
Tree of Life
Gesher Tzar Meod
Yad B’Yad
T’filat HaDerech
Shalom Chaverim

Hello dear friends,

A Jewish student on our campus has put up an art exhibition that accuses Hebrew of being the language of abuse. This is one in a string of anti-Israel incidents on campus. The wording this student chose, though clearly stated in a political context, applies to far more than just Israel. Every Jew prays in Hebrew. Every Jew celebrates in Hebrew. Every Jew sings in Hebrew. Although any language can be abused and misused by some of those who speak it, no language can be called ‘the language of abuse.’ Please, join us as we counter this statement.

Characterizing a language characterizes those who speak it. Hebrew is not a language spoken only by Jews at Evergreen. Jews at Evergreen were not the only people who hurt upon reading those words. Our response will be bigger than this campus. Already, we have people coming from as far away as Canada to sing in Red Square.

Already, there are people working on the East Coast to sing their own campus Shir l’Shalom. I know not all of you can make it to Olympia, or to Evergreen, but I ask that you help us show the world that Hebrew is a language of peace. If you want help to set up your own Shir l’Shalom event, please message one of the administrators of this event. We would love for you to help this become something bigger than ANY of us! Than ANY of our campuses! Than ANY of our political divisions!

Let us come together and sing.

On February 23rd, at 1pm, we gather at The Evergreen State College. We do not gather to debate politics. We do not gather to attack an artist. We do not gather to distribute literature. Instead, we come together to SING! We will be singing Hebrew songs about peace. Most of them, you probably know. Some of them, you may not. All we ask you to bring are your bodies, your voices, and maybe a few instruments, too! It doesn’t matter if you can read Hebrew, or not. We will have experienced song leaders on hand to teach, to sing, and to share. :)

If you are coming from out of town, you may not feel like driving all the way here, then back, on the same day. We will be providing lodging, with the generous support of the local synagogue, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, to those who wish to stay the night. Rabbi Cheski and Chava Edelman of Chabad Jewish Discovery Center have also generously offered to open their doors to out of town guests joining us for Shir L’Shalom. Let us know what you will need. Make sure you bring air mattresses and sleeping bags. :)

For those of you who are able to come, please try to arrange carpools. Feel free to use our wall to organize transportation. Our overnight out of town guests will join us for the most spectacular Jewriffic slumber party ever! … There may be a movie screening.

For those of you who cannot make it, feel free to link to your own Shir l’Shalom events on our Facebook event wall. Share it with your friends, on their walls! Share it on Twitter! If you don’t know what to sing, keep an eye on our YouTube channel! Songs will be posted during these upcoming weeks.

Please, join your voices in song with us. We at Evergreen are a part of your Jewish community. As you all know, what happens on campus rolls right into town. As we are only here to sing, please leave all signs and literature at home. We are striving to change the tone of dialogue surrounding these sensitive matters. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

If there are any further questions, please call our Hillel President, Joshua Levine, at 360.951.3299.

All our best,
Evergreen Hillel

Chanukah Party Flyer 5771

Evergreen Hillel’s Chanukah Party is on December 3rd! Check out the informational flyer on the link above. Bring your friends, homemade vegetarian food, and a small gift four our gift exchange! This is all going down at 5:30pm in Seminar 2 E2105. BE THERE!

Hillel will be lighting the Chanukah candles every night at 6pm in the HCC, except Friday December 3rd, when we will be lighting them at our Chanukah Party in Sem 2 E2105. Need a menorah or candles? Come on by, and ask us. They’re free! (Be sure to thank Rabbi Cheski Edelman of Chabad Jewish Discovery Center for the menorah and candle kits!)

Join us for our Chanukah Party and Shabbatluck! This Friday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm, located in SEM II E2105.

There will be latkes, dreidel games, lighting of candles (for Shabbat and Chanukah), geoduck gift exchange, a potluck, and lots of fun!

What’s a geoduck gift exchange?  It is like a white elephant gift exchange, where everyone brings a gift (small, funny, homemade, inexpensive, etc) but no one knows who will receive which gift. Sound fun? Good! Join us for a great time!
Who: Evergreen Hillel and you!
What: Chanukah/Shabbat Potluck Party
When: Dec. 3rd, 5:30 pm
Where: SEM II E2105
Why: Great food, fun games

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Come join us for a celebration of Shabbat! Please bring a vegetarian food or drink item to share if possible- but we will have plenty of food even if you can’t contribute anything. We’re holding it in SEM II E2105- don’t worry if you can’t show up exactly at 5:30, we’ll probably be going until 10:00.

Boker tov,

Hillel now has a calendar of events available online through Google Calendar, and in downloadable PDF format. We have also included some events of particular interest happening in the outside community.

PDF of November 2010 Calendar

Evergreen Hillel Events Calendar with GoogleCal

Please add us to your Google Calendar feeds, or use the PDF to keep track of what’s happening at Evergreen Hillel. We hope these will be useful to all our Hillelniks! If you have any questions or concerns, please email hillel@evergreenhillel.org

Looking forward,
Anneke