With the arrival of the summer months, UW Hillel has already begun preparing for the August arrival of returning students as well as the class of 2016. Hillel’s staff is in the midst of planning several Welcome Week
events, including the popular Annual Barbeque, which serves as a kickoff event for Hillel’s student groups. New and returning students will be able to enjoy free food and explore opportunities to pursue their interests, including Jewish arts, business, tzedek, social justice, and alternative breaks on the evening of August 30th. Students are also welcome to celebrate the first Shabbat
of the school year at Hillel’s annual Welcome Back Shabbat on August 31st. Student-led Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services as well as a delicious free Shabbat dinner will be available to all.
Additionally, Hillel’s staff has brought back several popular welcome week events, including a walk to the Farmer’s Market, the rooftop basketball tournament, and student-led building tours. Hillel will also work in conjunction with Statesider to create an event that caters to new students’ interests. Previous events of this type have included laser tag, bowling, and excursions to Devil’s Lake State Park. New students can meet many of Hillel’s active upperclassmen while they make presentations and answer questions at Gordon Commons, Statesider, and the Lakeshore dorms. Student leaders will also be present at the UW Student Org Fair during the week of September 10th and at the Southeast Area Block Party.
Introductions to Hillel’s programming and student involvement exist beyond Welcome Week, however. For students who are interested in learning about ways to get involved with Israel advocacy, Hillel’s Israel Kickoff will take place on September 20th. Student groups, such as MadPac and ICE, will be making presentations about their goals and leadership opportunities. Meanwhile, the UW Hillel Badger Volunteers Group is set to begin volunteering at Madison School and Community Recreation-Mendota each Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 pm during the fall semester. Each week, the volunteers will help elementary school students improve their math and literacy skills by administering one-on-one tutoring and supervising group and social activities. The group functions as a semester-long program run through the Morgridge Center, and volunteers receive extensive training and logistical support so that they may serve the community in an effective manner. Registration for fall 2012 will be available online in late August.
UW Hillel is thrilled to announce two opportunities to travel to Israel during winter break. This winter, Hillel will continue to serve as a Birthright provider. Birthright is unique in that it provides participants with a panorama of Israeli culture and history while enabling them to experience Israel alongside peers and educators while simultaneously interacting with Israelis. We are happy to provide any prospective participants information regarding the trip. We also welcome those who meet the qualifications to register with us! Registration for the Birthright Winter
trip begins on September 12th at 9:00 am. In addition, students may travel to Israel for one week as part of the Jewish National Fund’s Southern Israel Alternative Winter Break. Hillel’s Alt Break
trips represent excellent opportunities for growth and exploration among those who enjoy traveling, learning about and interacting with different communities, making connections to other students, and helping others. This particular trip is ideal for individuals who have already traveled to Israel and are interested in returning for a service learning experience. Young Jewish adults ages 18-30 are welcome to participate.
We look forward to the upcoming school year and are excited to meet the latest crop of new students. However, even though fewer students remain in town, we are still happy to meet the community’s needs during the summer. Feel free to visit us at 611 Langdon Street. Our summer hours are 9:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am-2:00 pm on Friday. Café O is also open during the week. Visit uwhillel.org for more information.
Madeline Miller ‘12
UW Hillel Development Intern