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From Talcott Broadhead, OSAP Coordinator:

“Free Self Defense Course

Tonight!!!

October 14th, 8-9 PM, HCC

This free self-defense class is open to all students, staff and faculty.
The class teaches both physical self-defense moves as well as fear and intuition acknowledgment. ”

In safety,

Anneke

Come join the Evergreen Hillel as we discuss what urged Abraham to journey to a new land leaving his family behind. We will be drawing parallels to our own lives, and with what brought each of us to Olympia. Please come and share your story with us! Feel free to bring food, either for yourself or to share.

Sem II E2105, 2:30-3:30pm
Wednesday, October 13

For questions, please email Josh@evergreenhillel.org

This Fall, the Evergreen Hillel is offering a chance for interested students to learn to read Hebrew for free. This five week course will take place Friday evenings, beginning 4pm this Friday,  in Sem II E2105. A vegetarian Shabbat potluck (Also free) will follow each lesson. The potlucks begin at about 5:30.

Come this Friday evening, and see if this learning opportunity is for you!
For more information, please email Josh@evergreenhillel.org

Welcome back, returning students! And welcome to Evergreen for our new freshman and transfers!  We’ve got a lot in store for you this year, in addition to our Sukkot offerings.  Below, you’ll find a link to our newsletter which tells you all about upcoming events, including a chamber music concert in Tacoma, and the first 28 tickets are just $5 each!  If you’d like to attend, please email anneke@evergreenhillel.org immediately letting her know your interest, and confirmation.  The newsletter also includes information about some of our returning Board members, a registration form for you to fill out and give back to us, whether by printing it out, and giving it to Nikki in the Student Activities office, or emailing it to hillel@evergreenhillel.org, and information on other exciting activities we have in store for you!

The start date for Read Hebrew America has changed however, due to a leadership conference the Board has been invited to.  We will be starting October 15th, at 4pm, and it’ll likely be in Sem 2 E2105, followed by a shabbat potluck!  If you’d like to be involved in Read Hebrew America, or attend the concert, please let Anneke know immediately! RSVP by October 1st at the latest. Send mail to her at anneke@evergreenhillel.org and if you’re going to be involved in the Hebrew program, please include your full name and address, as our sponsors would like to verify that each of us truly exists. (Though I personally think that’s a relative statement, especially when you get Greeners involved.)

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Please be sure to thank the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center in Olympia for their generous donation of our Sukkah for the year, as well as Temple Beth Hatfiloh for our lulav and etrog sets.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year,

Anneke

Hey Hillelniks,

We’re in the middle of Sukkot now, and just a reminder that today is our Sukkah Hop.
Celebrate Sukkot with us as we nosh our way through the Olympia Jewish community. Meet us on campus at the Sukkah in Red Square at 11am if you plan on Hopping with us. From campus, if there are enough of us, we’ll bus downtown to Temple Beth Hatfiloh for their vegetarian potluck lunch beginning at noon. Please bring a dish to share.

From there, we walk to Chabad for Sushi in the Sukkah! We’ll learn to make sushi, in addition to having pre-prepared sushi available to eat. :)

We will conclude the day with a fabulous meal, and a roasting of the marshmallows at Sherri Shulman’s home.

Please bring bus fare, however, if there are five or less of us, I will drive.

Also remember, our Sukkot Potluck is this Tuesday evening at 8pm! We will meet at the Sukkah in Red Square, and then move to a nearby location for the potluck. Celebrate the Autumn Harvest with us as we gather together to share in a bountiful harvest of these fruits of the earth, while partaking in the tradition of giving back to the community! For the potluck, please bring a seasonally inspired vegetarian or vegan dish, and something to donate to the Student Food Bank on campus. Bring your friends! The more, the merrier!

Sukkah Hop 5771

Sukkot Potluck 5771

Please go to this link and watch as our President acknowledges the sanctity and sweetness of this day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2vNRJ2HZ3g

Gut yom tov,
Your amazed Hillel coordinators

Rally for Dialogue

WE LOVE THE CO-OP . WE ARE THE CO-OP .

Eastside Co-op, Friday, July 30 at 5 p.m.

The Co-op’s Board of Directors’ recent decision to boycott Israeli products has resulted in dividing our community. Why? The process didn’t include all of us, the process resulted in losing our sense of community, the process didn’t bring us closer together, the process didn’t remind us of who we are. The boycott addresses a limited view of a complex issue. We’re calling on the Co-op Board to rescind the boycott. We’re calling for community dialogue.

DETAILS: Unless you are disabled or have difficulty walking please don’t park your car in the Co-op parking lot or along Landsdale Road. If you can, please walk, bike or take the bus. The bus schedule can be found here:

http://www.intercitytransit.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/Route%2066.pdf

If you must drive, please carpool, and park where appropriate, but in a way that doesn’t block traffic or impact the Co-op or its neighbors. We encourage signs, but please help us maintain a positive message. This is about advocating for dialogue, NOT attacking the Co-op. Sign ideas: “WE CAN TALK” / “WE CAN LISTEN” / “WE CAN COME TOGETHER” / “NO ONE ASKED ME” / “I LOVE THE CO-OP” / “WE CAN DO BETTER.” If you have questions, please email us at: its.our.coop@gmail.com

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These posts on the boycott are to inform our community and members.

Regards,

Anneke

Dear Evergreen,

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is deeply troubled by the Olympia Food Co-op’s decision to boycott Israeli products. Additionally, we are disappointed that the co-op’s board chose to make this decision without a thoughtful and inclusive discussion with its members.

We have been in regular contact with key leaders in the Olympia Jewish community, including Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh, since this crisis became known to us on Tuesday. The Olympia Jewish community has begun to formulate its strategy for responding to this boycott. We will be working closely with Rabbi Goldstein to ensure that he has the support necessary to successfully address this boycott in his local community. Co-op members, Jews from Olympia and other concerned Olympia residents have chosen to picket the store. A petition is being circulated to urge the board to reconsider their position. Still others are preparing to express their concerns at a co-op members’ meeting on August 11. In Rabbi Goldstein’s “Weekly Words” letter to Temple Beth Hatfiloh members, he asks people concerned about the boycott to share their thoughts with him directly at rabbi@bethhatfiloh.org. If you have questions, ideas, or are willing to lend a helping hand, please communicate directly with Rabbi Goldstein.

Of course, what has happened in Olympia is only a small part of a growing number of BDS (boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) initiatives. Not too long ago, the Seattle community faced a proposed boycott by Madison Market. Local co-op members and community members successfully defeated that proposal. Just a couple of days ago, the Port Townsend Co-op announced that it too would be considering a boycott of Israeli products. In the coming weeks we will be calling our community together for the purpose of developing a strategy to combat local boycotts which is strategic, effective, and addresses the uniqueness of each community.

Boycotts against Israel, such as this one, fail in their aim to help Palestinians by damaging Israel’s economy. Approximately 20% of Israel’s labor force is made up of Israeli Arabs as well as Palestinians living in the West Bank; they and their families suffer as a result of BDS initiatives. We believe that businesses that care genuinely about a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should support both Israelis and Palestinians—for example, by carrying Israeli products and donating a portion of the proceeds to organizations that promote peaceful relations between the two peoples. We believe that change is achieved not by divisive boycotts and divestments, but rather by education and peaceful dialogue.

We are concerned about the message that this boycott may send to other businesses. We ask you to do your part to help stop the spread of boycotts and divestments throughout our community. Here are some ways that you can help:

• Shop specifically at stores that stock Israeli products
• Go out of your way to thank the management, in person or in writing, for carrying Israeli products
• Ask friends and family members to purchase Israeli products in their communities, and to be sure to thank the management for carrying these product
• Purchase products from www.IsraeliProducts.com, which donates 100% of its net profits to Israeli charities
• Visit www.investinisrael.gov.il to invest in an Israeli business

Thank you for doing all you can to support Israel and its people.

Sincerely,

Richard Fruchter
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Peace, everyone!

We’re less than a week away from the most awesome event of the year! THIS FRIDAY is our bagel breakfast (with kosher dairy/vegetarian and gluten-free options!) with unlimited laser tag, lots of bounce houses to satisfy our eternal inner-children and release the stress from the end of the quarter, and a 5-story climbing structure with slides, punching bags, obstacles, and more!! Get your tickets/RSVP SOON. Especially if you have dietary restrictions. We need RSVPs with food options chosen (unless you have no special needs dietarily) by Tuesday evening. Send those RSVPs, if you can’t purchase your tickets immediately, to hillel@evergreenhillel.org otherwise tickets are available at the door for $25.

For those of you who are worried about price, this is the best deal in the area for laser tag! And no other place offers bounce houses and crawly spaces or slides for adults! (Even if we don’t want to admit we are.) Not only is it the best deal in the area period, but for less than the price of an unlimited wristband purchased at regular price, you’re also getting breakfast out of the deal, AND we have the place to ourselves until Charlie’s opens its doors to the public at 11am!

If you’re unfamiliar with laser tag, there’s a link to explain how it plays. (Though Charlie’s doesn’t provide score cards, that’s the only real exception to the game play style, except for the 2-story towers in the Charlie’s Safari Laser Tag space!!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6aSR5zms3s

Laser tag is a LOT of fun whether you’re an absolute beginner, or a seasoned vet! Think the recent Zombies at Evergreen events, but take out the zombies, add laser guns (phasers), and make it all glow under blacklight! Personally, as a lover of things futuristic and science fiction, I think it’s grand we have a laser tag setup like THIS in the area!

If you want to see how gameplay actually happens, there are lots of youtube videos on that, or watch the old Laser Tag commercials from 1986. They’re a riot!

Signing off and hoping to see many of you bouncing, climbing, sliding, or in the laser tag arena,

Anneke
anneke@evergreenhillel.org
Coordinator, Evergreen Hillel

June 4, 2010 – Charlie’s Safari Playdate & Bagel Breakfast flyer

The Last Shabbatluck! May 28!

On May 28, 2010 join the Evergreen Hillel as we celebrate the day of rest with our Last Shabbatluck of the Year! Bring a vegan or vegetarian (fish is OK) dish to share, and your favorite game as we celebrate the end of a fabulous Hillel year, surrounding ourselves with friends. While you’re here, we can talk about everything we’re planning for next year!

When:   Friday, May 28th
7pm – Late
Where:  Sem 2 E2105

On June 4, Come play with Hillel! Party it up in the morning!

From 9am on the Evergreen Hillel storms the Charlie’s Safari fort! A land of fabulous bounce houses, a 5-story climbing structure, unlimited laser tag, and a delicious bagel breakfast. Breakfast options will be kosher, catered by Bagel Brothers, and non-kosher options provided by Charlie’s Safari. Bring money for the arcade!

Socks required! Wear sneakers for Laser Tag.

Tickets available at the TESC Bookstore for $20 between May 24th & 31st.
Tickets will be $25 at the door.

Find Charlie’s Safari on InterCity Transit bus lines 62A & 62B, next to Regal Cinemas Martin Village.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact hillel@evergreenhillel.org

June 4, 2010 – Charlie’s Safari Playdate & Bagel Breakfast flyer

May 28, 2010 – The Last Shabbatluck Flyer