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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

Hey everyone,
Just a check-in with everyone, who all is planning on attending Shabbat in the City, the Second City Chamber series Israeli/Jewish music concert this coming Friday, the 8th of October? Remember, tickets are just $5 each for the first 28 students, and after that it goes up to $10 per student, and we need our counts soon. Keep telling your friends, acquaintances, random people that seem interesting know about the concert and our shabbat/small kiddush planned before the concert at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma.
RSVP to by Monday evening.
Best regards,

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

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

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.

Hey all,

This month’s shabbat dinner with Chabad of Olympia ( will be happening tomorrow! (Friday!) If you want to go, you should RSVP immediately and let Chava know any dietary restrictions you may have. :) Feel free to join, whether you’re non-Jewish but curious, Jewish only by blood or culture, or you’re observant! Just remember to RSVP immediately. :)

Dinner will start at 6:30 pm.

Evergreen Hillel Co-Coordinator

There is a Channukah party down at Temple Beth Hatfiloh and Hillel has volunteered to cook latkes and we need volunteers to help cook them. The party is on the 12th of December and we would start prepping at 3PM. If you are interested, please respond ASAP. Meet in front of the temple at 3.Jonathan Levy-Wolins and Anneke Moffitt
Coordinators of Evergreen Hillel

Josh Levine
Community Advisor to Hillel

Join Evergreen Hillel’s Facebook page at

Feel free to contact the coordinators or community advisor with any questions or if you have any ideas for events that you’d like to see via email or Facebook message.

Hey, everyone! Evergreen Hillel would love to see you at our event planning meeting Nov 14! We meet in front of the library at 3 o’clock.

We want to talk about bringing music of all sorts, from Eprhyme to Weird Al! Movie showings and maybe a film festival, future holiday seders, lecture(s)! Workshops on food of the holidays, a weekly baking group, and (bi)weekly shabbat potluck dinners. Hiking trips, bowling, roller skating, bike trips, and more. There are lots of ideas and we want YOU to help us determine what Hillel should be doing and more importantly, what you want to do with us!

Other ideas for future events include:
- Attendance at services in the area, and possible transportation to/from those services (including anywhere from Temple Beth Hatfiloh downtown, to the conservative shul out near Yelm, or Temple Beth El in Tacoma)
- A weekly/monthly movie night
- A Yom Hashoah event, possibly including a series of workshops and other events surrounding the Holocaust and remembrances thereof.

- Kristallnacht Anniversary events for next year
- Israeli Dancing workshops, including an event sometime over the President’s Day weekend
- Camping
- The organization of / additions to the library currently residing in the S&A office library
- Activities in concert with other groups
- Interfaith dialogues on campus amongst student groups and the community
- and more!
Remember, kids: Hillel events only happen with your interest and support, and we want to be able to keep putting on movie nights, seders, shabbat potlucks, and other activities for you!

Check out our event page at

Sherri Shulman (your friendly Hillel faculty advisor) is happy to invite you to our home for a Shabbat dinner in the Sukkah, Oct 9 7:30 pm.

Space is a little limited so please RSVP by Oct 2, before Shabbat to

Shanah Tovah! and have a wonderful start to your year.