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"I decided to go on #BigRedBirthright completely on a whim-I was going to be interning in Israel, and I knew that it would have been my last chance to go on the trip if I didn't this past summer. The trip was amazing; visiting all of the historical sites and different areas made me feel a deeper connection with Israel, which I did not expect. 

Birthright made this past summer one of the best I have ever had, and I would 100% recommend it to anyone and everyone. Learning about Israel and making amazing friends are just a few things that this trip offers. I miss Birthright with all my heart, and I wish that I could relive it."

-Tal Moriah '20
Israel Engagement Intern
The Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. 

Our job is to help you explore the tradition in a safe space and find your own place, on your terms, in Judaism's Great Conversation.

Fall semester topics: Judaism From the Inside Out: Spiritual Practices for Real Life

This amazing new opportunity for Jewish learning on campus will begin on Monday, September 11. Session will be held weekly on Mondays from 5:45-7:30. Dinner will be served at every session!

If you would like to be considered for this semester, contact Jonah Rothstein, Reform Engagement Associate and Ezra Fellow. 
Hang with Hillel!
Get to know the Cornell Hillel programming staff all over campus!

Sundays: Join JLIC for brunch and an introductory Talmud class! Students of all levels and backgrounds are invited to participate and encouraged to bring a friend.

Mondays: Start off your week by meeting new friends over board games and food! Have a game you want to teach everyone? Bring it!

Tuesdays: This Week in Jewish History: Come take a dive into the timeline of Am Yisrael and explore various topics about where we were during years past.

Wednesdays: No nonsense; just some Jews talking 'bout the news.

Thursdays: An informal discussion over coffee for all those interested in American and Israeli politics!

Fridays: Practice your Hebrew by reading the lyrics of popular Israeli songs, learn about Israeli culture, and discuss Israeli society with coffee and delicious pastries.
Pre-register for our winter #BigRedBirthright trip now! Registration opens on September 5, but sign up now to secure your spot! Trip dates: December 19-31.

Questions? Contact Jacob Kranitz.
Anyone can apply for this awesome way to get involved in shaping Jewish community life at Cornell! Applications are due on September 8th, 2017 at 4:00 PM. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Cornell Hillel President Brandon Cohen or Executive Vice President Danielle Eiger.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Want to help choose the theme for this year's Big Red Bar Mitzvah AND get a chance to meet Josh Radnor? Vote in our poll here. Vote before September 6 to enter the raffle to meet Josh!

Have you met Josh? Josh Radnor is coming to Cornell Hillel on Wednesday, September 6! More information.

The event is full, but if more tickets become available, we'll announce it on Facebook. Like our page to stay updated!

Questions? Contact Danielle DeUrso or

Come make hummus and learn about the history of other Jewish and Israeli foods with us this Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 PM in Willard Straight Hall 413.

Questions? Contact Jeremy Marchuck.
Food for Thought
Come to RPCC 220 on Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 PM for free food and enlightening discussions on various topics. 

This event is a partnership between Cornell Hillel and the Center for Jewish Living.

Questions? Contact Rafi Jacobovitz or Yitz Muroff.
Challah for Hunger is a national organization where students bake and sell challah every week to raise money for hunger relief. Baking is every Thursday in 104 West's kitchen, and sales are 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Ho Plaza every Friday. Delicious flavors including cinnamon sugar, raisin, chocolate, chip, and plain are available for just $5 a loaf. 

More information.
Shabbat Dinner every Friday at 104 West
7:00 PM Check-in. Dinner is served at 7:30 PM. Pre-register here before noon on Friday for just $10, made possible by a generous subsidy from Cornell Hillel. Walk-ins are also accepted for $2 more. 

More information. Questions? Email
Want to host your own Shabbat dinner? Check out our Shabbat Across Cornell program! We'll help you plan an awesome dinner, and we'll even fund you $5 per person!

Fill out this form to get started, or contact Nicole Levine for more information.

Friday, September 8

Reform/Kesher: 6:00 PM
Founders Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

Shevach/Egalitarian: 6:00 PM
Room 314, Anabel Taylor Hall

Orthodox/Kedma: 5:50 PM
Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

Candle Lighting: 7:09 PM

Saturday, September 9

Orthodox/Kedma: 9:15 AM
Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

Mincha: 6:45 PM
104 West
Maariv: 8:05PM
104 West

Shabbat Ends: 8:09 PM
Author Shulem Deen will discuss his National Jewish Book Award-winning book All Who Go Do Not Return, a sensitive memoir about growing up in and then leaving the community of Skver Hasidim in Rockland County’s New Square, one of the most insular Hasidic groups in the United States.

Sponsored by Jewish Studies - Cornell University and Cornell Hillel

More information on the event here and here.

More information on Shulem Deen here.
Calling all bookworms! Join the Jewish Kindle Club this semester. We read a wide variety of books having to do with Judaism. Past picks include All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen (who is coming to Cornell this fall), Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Let There Be Water by Seth Siegel. 

We are always taking suggestions for the next book to read. Contact Jacob Kranitz for more information on how to join!
Sarah and Rabbi Daniel Kasdan are the new OU-JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) Educators. They are interested in studying with you, either one-on-one (Chavruta) or with you and your friends (Chaburahs).

To sign up to learn with the Kasdans, fill out this form.
They will be offering various learning opportunities and special events throughout the year, so be on the lookout. Please feel free to contact them with whatever you need.
Sarah Kasdan -  216-337-2412
Rabbi Daniel Kasdan -  201-264-1692
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