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Shalom all!

Our Hillel Seder is quickly drawing near. This mean we will be grocery shopping. Given our limited budget, we cannot prepare food for a “Maybe” RSVP. We need either a yes or a no by 9:00am Thursday morning. (That’s tomorrow morning!) If you are a “Maybe” RSVP, feel free to attend, but please understand that although we will welcome you to enjoy the ritual, we cannot guarantee food.

If you have questions about what to bring for the potluck, or are wondering whether your dish is Kosher for Passover, please contact me with your concern. I am available via Facebook, and email at

This is not a first night, or a second night Seder, so traditional guidelines are looser regarding the ceremony. We’ve decided to take this opportunity to explore the theme of freedom from a nontraditional perspective. This Seder, we will be using a modified version of “A Survivor’s Haggadah – Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse”. For those who have been abused themselves, whether early or later in life, the Seder may be triggering. For those who have never had to deal with these experiences, may this Seder open your eyes to those who are not free.

A PDF is available at for those who wish to get a preview. Of course, there will be enough print copies for everyone on Friday night.

An important note on Seder behavior:

In the past, people have attended Hillel events under the influence of various substances. The Passover Seder is one of Judaism’s most sacred occasions. As such, all are asked to attend our events sober. Wine will be provided at the event; people arriving inebriated will be turned away at the door. We will hold to this rule no matter the substance. As such, if you become disruptively inebriated during the Seder, we reserve the right to ask you to leave.

We only have enough wine for 4 glasses each (per the Seder guidelines).

Joshua Levine

  • We're having a Passover Seder Shabbat this Friday in the Longhouse Cedar Room! RSVP by tomorrow, 9am at the latest! #
  • Mmm, vegetarian matzoh ball soup… M…. and for you non-vegetarians/vegans, there'll be beef brisquet! (Even some vegetarians eat it!) #
  • Sweet! There's a lot of information on kosher products, what it all means, and possible derivations of ingredients!! #

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Come to Hillel’s Shabbat Seder this Friday the 2nd of April 2010!

We will be starting promptly at 7:30pm, but feel free to arrive earlier.

Hillel will provide beef brisquet and vegetarian matzoh ball soup as main dishes, so everyone can eat.

This is a potluck, so please bring something that is a kosher for passover meat or pareve dish. We will explain what these things mean below.

If the dish you bring needs warming up, we will have the Longhouse Cedar Room kitchen to do so. The kitchen will be available by 6:30pm, so arrive between then and 7:30pm.

Please RSVP by Thursday, 9am, at the latest to reserve your spot at our Seder table. You can RSVP on Facebook at, or by email to

We look forward to reliving the Exodus from Egypt with you. :)

As far as food goes:
“Kosher for passover” means that it will have no “chametz”. What does this mean? Chametz is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen). As dictated by the Torah, if a food contains even a trace of chametz, we don’t eat it, we don’t derive benefit from it, and we make sure not to have any of it in our possession for all the days of Passover. If something was processed or made on the same equipment as chametz products, those also cannot be eaten.

Foods that are neither meat nor dairy are called “pareve”, “parve”, or “paravine” in Judaism. This means that they contain absolutely no meat or dairy derivatives, and have not been cooked or mixed with any meat or dairy foods. The reason behind needing to know if foods are pareve or not is that Jewish law prohibits mixing meat and milk. Pareve foods can be eaten together with either meat or dairy foods.

Common pareve foods are eggs, fish, fruit, vegetables, grains and juices in their natural, unprocessed state. Processed pareve foods typically include pasta, soft drinks, coffee and tea, and many types of candy and snacks. Processed products, however, must have reliable kashruth supervision. Dark chocolate might be pareve; milk chocolate definitely is not.



  • Bike Riders: Join Hazon for their 1st Annual Ride through California & enjoy delicious kosher food! #
  • Are there any Greeners, Hillel members, Olympians who want to volunteer at the Sacred Music Festival this year? #
  • Hillel is going to the #Holocaust Conference at #Pacific Lutheran University. It starts TONIGHT! We are very excited. Any one else going? #
  • Religious Action Center – Social Justice Haggadot and Seder Supplements: via @addthis #
  • Pesach: A Season for Social Justice – Reform Judaism: via @addthis #

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Shalom all,

I hope you all come to our meeting at the S and A Conference room on the 3rd floor of Sem1. We will be discussing topics that include but are not limited to: Passover plans, recap our budget, Jewish comic book artists, raw food workshops and start work on our calendar for next academic year.

Jonathan Levy-Wolins
Evergreen Hillel Co-Coordinator

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Shalom y’all,

Going on RIGHT NOW in Seattle, with one event in Tacoma, is the 15th Annual Jewish Film Festival! Check out the website for it @ To see the entire film program, click here. Get your tickets fast, some films are selling out! The Film Fest runs through March 21st.

“AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival:
“The World Through a Vibrant Lens”

The annual AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an 10-day international cinematic exploration and celebration of Jewish life, culture, identity and history. Jewish film festivals are one of the most popular expressions of Jewish culture today, providing unparalleled opportunities for moviegoers to plumb every aspect of the Jewish psyche and experience.

SJFF uses the magical medium of film to both entertain and educate the Jewish and general communities about complex issues facing Jewish people and world communities alike, while challenging conventional perspectives. SJFF also strives to build bridges of mutual understanding between diverse groups by creating forums for engaging in respectful dialogue about timely subjects and concerns. By viewing “The World Through a Vibrant Lens,” SJFF audiences also gain profound insight into the universal human experience.

Founded in 1995, SJFF has grown dramatically in size and reputation into the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish cultural and arts event in the Pacific Northwest. From humble beginnings in Seattle’s 100-seat Grand Illusion Theatre to the 800-seat Cinerama Theatre today,SJFF welcomes some 8,000 attendees from across the Greater Seattle area. The Seattle Weekly praises SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region, with a breadth and quality second only to the Seattle International Film Festival. Screenings are supplemented by guest speakers, providing a dynamic forum for dialogue with actors, filmmakers, academics and expert panelists from near and far. In recent years, SJFF offerings have included musical and comedy performances, curated exhibits and thematic educational opportunities and special events.

Moviegoers cast their ballots for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film, with winners receiving the SJFF Audience Choice Award on Closing Night.”

In Pesach news, Temple Beth Hatfiloh has graciously invited us to their Community Seder on the 2nd Night of Passover, Tuesday March 30th. For Non-Members of the congregation, tickets are $25/adult, $15/child, with additional children being $10 each. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. This is a potluck, so please bring a dish per guidelines below.  If you would like to sit with Hillel at the Seder, please RSVP to Anneke no later than Noon on March 17th (next Wednesday) to ensure a space.  She will be in the Hillel office from 11 AM to 1 PM on Wednesday.

TBH Seder Info and RSVP Form

TBH Seder Info and RSVP Form

TBH Community Seder Guidelines

TBH Community Seder Guidelines

Hello all,

I want to invite all of you to attend PLU’s Holocaust Conference Thursday evening, March 18th, through Saturday March 20th. This is free to attend, entirely open to the public, and completely relevant to Hillel and everyone else in the community. If anyone would like to attend, I encourage you to sign up soon. There is a registration link on the page. If there are a few of us going, we can see about arranging a carpool of some kind up to Tacoma for this. Please let me know if you will be attending, and pass this information on to anyone else you know.

Pacific Lutheran University will host the Third Annual Powell and Heller Family Holocaust Conference, March 18-20, 2010, on the PLU campus. Professor Christopher Browning, internationally recognized author of “Ordinary Men” and a former professor at PLU, will deliver the opening Raphael Lemkin Lecture at 7 p.m. on March 18. His topic is, “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: Challenges, Limitations, and Opportunities.”

Other conference highlights include Professor Sara Horowitz and her ground-breaking research on “gender, genocide and Jewish memory”; Carl Wilkens, an eye-witness to the Rwandan genocide, testimony from Holocaust survivors; an exploration of the psychology of evil; and a special presentation of music from the Holocaust. For a complete conference schedule, click here.

This conference is free and all sessions are open to the public. Registration is requested. The program on Saturday, March 20, is designed with educators in mind, and is focused on lessons of diversity and tolerance that can be learned through the Holocaust. Educator clock hours are available. For further information, please contact Brenda Murray at 253-535-7595 or the PLU Kurt Mayer Professor of Holocaust Studies, Robert Ericksen, at

If you are attending and are interested in carpooling up, please email me ( or message me over Facebook. You can find our Facebook event page at:

Evergreen Hillel Coordinator

Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of the critically acclaimed graphic novels Maus and Maus II, will discuss the evolution of comics and their value as artistic and cultural mediums at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Liberty Theater in Puyallup.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for Pierce College students. Tickets are available at the Office of Student Life, College Center building, Room 210, Pierce College Puyallup, 1601 39th Ave. SE, by calling 253-840-8415 or online at Ticketmaster. Early ticket purchase is recommended, as this event is expected to sell out quickly.

Speigelman is best known for his Holocaust narrative, Maus, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. The comic portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. He followed it up with Maus II, in which he chronicled his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their later life in America.

Spiegelman’s incredibly diverse career includes a decade of writing and illustrating for The New Yorker magazine. He also founded, with his wife, RAW, the avant-garde comics magazine. He has written and illustrated In the Shadow of No Towers, which was selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.

Spiegelman’s lecture, What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?, is presented by the Pierce College Puyallup Office of Student Life as part of the 2009-10 Artists and Speakers Series.