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- Shabbat Services and Dinner: Fridays, March 1 and April 5, 2013. Contact Julie Benioff for more information.
- Birthright trip registration for spring, summer and winter trips opens Wednesday, February 13, for new registrants and Monday, February 11, for people who pre-registered.
- First-Year Student Course/Spring Preview Trip: Jerusalem: Major Religions in a Divided Land. The City of Jerusalem is considered the birthplace of the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of differences among the 3 monotheistic religions throughout the centuries. This course is highlighted by a “dual narrative” week in Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank of the Palestinian Territory with each day being led by two guides – one Israeli and one Palestinian.
- Arcadia University's second annual Global Faculty Advancement Program will take place in Jerusalem from May 31-June 8, 2013. A multi-disciplinary group of faculty from Arcadia and other colleges and universities will explore the city and the surrounding area, including important West Banks sites, as part of a “dual narrative” experience developed in conjunction with MEJDI Tours that highlights both Israeli and Palestinian voices.
- Latte and Learn. Latte and Learn is a monthly program where we get together, have some coffee or tea (at no cost to students), and talk about interesting topics in life and how they relate to Judaism.
- Beginning Hebrew Learning Group. As a result of expressed interest, we are beginning a Hebrew Learning Group. This group will meet in a relaxed environment to gain familiarity with the Hebrew alphabet, vowel system and pronunciation, gaining increased fluency in reading, and eventually comprehension, of Hebrew prayer.
- The Siddur Project. An opportunity to get together and talk about the Friday night service, what needs to be included in the siddur, and how to contribute to its content, to make it a more personal and meaningful book from which to pray.
This will also be a time to learn a little bit more about the prayers that are said each week on Friday night (in English and Hebrew) and to explore our personal relationship to and meaning taken from them. No prior experience with prayer, shabbat, or Hebrew is necessary!
Alumna’s Gift Helps Expand New Campus Tradition (December 20, 2012). After learning about the efforts to reinvigorate Arcadia’s Jewish community, Lyanne Lindo Wassermann ’61 was compelled to contribute in her own way. Wassermann contributed items for the Shabbat services, including a Shabbat set and Havdallah set. In addition to the items, which are now used for the Shabbat dinners, Wassermann has also made an inaugural financial gift to support the renewal of Jewish life on campus. More.
A Life Re-imagined: Rabbinic Intern Finds Strength through Faith (December 7, 2012). Arcadia University’s new Rabbinic Intern, Julie Benioff, didn’t grow up attending synagogue regularly. She didn’t go to Hebrew school. In fact, she remembers asking her parents if she could enroll, but neither had had a positive experience from which to draw on; the idea was not encouraged. But when she struck out on her own at the University of Massachusetts, she began to make a deeper connection to Judaism. More.
Hillel Observes Shabbat, Establishes a New Campus Tradition (November 20, 2012). As the sun began to set on Oct. 26, approximately 40 members of the Arcadia community gathered in the Dining Complex Lecture Room 107 to recognize Shabbat. That gathering was partially the result of a panel formed to explore how to promote and expand Jewish life on campus and the fund that was established by President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm to facilitate the endeavor. More.