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Tickets are still available for the Beta Eskesta Dance Troupe, who are performing just one night in Seattle on their international tour! You won’t want to miss this group’s amazing energy and beautiful artistry.

The dance troupe, which is based in Haifa, is made up exclusively of Israelis of Ethiopian descent. This is an incredible opportunity to experience Ethiopian-Jewish culture. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at Benaroya Hall on October 18 at 7pm.

Tickets are just $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students.

Click here to purchase tickets to this exciting event!

The Beta Dance Troupe has appeared in both in Israel and abroad to enthusiastic reviews. To learn more, please

From Talcott Broadhead, OSAP Coordinator:

“Free Self Defense Course


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,


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

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

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,

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 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, 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 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,


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.

Gut yom tov,
Your amazed Hillel coordinators

Rally for Dialogue


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:

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:

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



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 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, which donates 100% of its net profits to Israeli charities
• Visit to invest in an Israeli business

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


Richard Fruchter
President and CEO
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle