Dear Hillel Family Members, Alumni, and Community at Large,
A few short years ago, Hillel at Hamilton began with one member, one advisor, and one idea: to create an active and all-inclusive Jewish community on campus. Since the rebirth of organized Jewish life on campus, we have come a very long way.
Just three years ago Hillel had six active members, but now we have close to thirty. This number continues to increase, and we hope to serve the majority of students who identify as Jewish on campus. We have a diverse membership body that reaches across different Jewish movements, class years, and geographic backgrounds to provide a unique Jewish experience for everyone.
Beyond the growth of our membership, we are dedicated to fulfilling the needs of the Jewish community at Hamilton College and beyond the college border through frequent and creative programming. Following Shabbat dinner for alumni at Hamilton’s 200th Anniversary Reunion, this academic year is off to an exciting start! This is the first year that Hillel at Hamilton has weekly on campus Shabbat services with a rabbi followed by Shabbat dinner. This was made possible by generous donations from alumni and parents. We have celebrated all the major holidays so far, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, and Sukkot in the Sukkah during Alumni weekend. Our religious celebrations have been made more beautiful by our new torah ark, donated by alumni and parents last year!
Hillel at Hamilton also has supported Jewish social and cultural life on campus through events such as Hillel’s first formal (Late Nites), Israeli dancing, a Shabbat for Peace (with the Muslim Student Association), and a Hillel tie-dye event during freshman orientation. We have served and continue to serve the community at large by bringing speakers, such as Holocaust survivor Helen Sperling, to campus; every seat in the Chapel was filled by Hamilton students and faculty, joined by Oneida County community members. Community members are welcome to attend High Holiday services and Shabbat as well.
Students really care about Hillel at Hamilton as evidenced by our ever increasing number of active board members and student involvement. The Hillel E-board meets once or twice a week to ensure that Hillel events run smoothly.
We are very proud of our recent growth and recognize that in order to sustain and have an increasing impact on campus and in the community, more must be done. We would be grateful if you would support our program. You can make a contribution on line (direct link address) or by mailing a check in the enclosed envelope. Please designate Hillel in the comments line.
Our long term goals include our own space on campus, with a fully equipped kosher kitchen. We want to provide Jewish students with a designated space for them in which they feel comfortable twenty-four seven. We hope with your continued support and donations, we can make these future goals a reality.
Michael Magaziner & Becca Hillel
Hillel Presidents (2012)
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