Rowan Hillel kicked off the Jewish New Year with some delicious food, cooked by Advisor Marc Fleischner. We spend our celebration with both new and old friends. After sharing our Jewish New Year’s Resolutions, we were joined by special guest, Raymond Wos and other members of the Rowan Student government DEI Committee.
After our introductions, we all engaged in a meaningful conversation about Rosh Hashanah and our perspectives as Jewish students of Rowan University.
Our CBTBI Social Event was a great way to introduce Hillel Members to our local synagogue. Congregation B’nai Tikvah-Beth Israel has always been a friend of Rowan Hillel and welcomes any Rowan student with open arms. At our virtual service, Rabbi Rachel and the newly Bar Mitzvah-ed boy lead the Friday Evening services.
Before the service, Hillel Members talked about our second week of classes, shared pizza from Ciconte’s, and broke the ice with some fun games.
Our Fall 2022 Welcome Back Shabbat was a great way to kick off the semester. Hillel saw a bunch of new and returning faces. Everyone bonded over Pizza from Ciconte’s outside at Memorial Circle. By the end of the event, everyone was in awe of the Harvest Moon. The bright shine was a great way to end the night, and gave everyone a glimpse of the new, bright semester ahead of us.
We are so excited to engage Rowan’s Jewish Community and have a lot in store for the rest of the semester. Thank you to everyone who came out, stay tuned for more events to come!
Hillel President, Alexandra Herschman, was recently featured in an article on the Rowan University Student Affairs blog entitled “Thriving In My Faith As A College Student”
“I began going to Hillel as a freshman and loved it ever since attending my first event, which made me eager to join Hillel’s executive board. I started off as the organization’s social media chair, then served as the vice president and now president.” She says that Hillel gave her a sense of belonging at Rowan. “Hillel gave me that Jewish community and sense of belonging on campus.”
Hillel ended the Fall semster on a high note by hosting our first virtual comedy show featuring New York comedian and writer, Noah Gardenswartz. The event was a huge hit as over 45 Hillel members and supporters joined us for a night was full of great laughs! After his incredible stand up comedy act, Noah held a Q&A session for the audience, in which students got to ask questions and further engage with him. This was an awesome way to end Fall semester and we look forward to hosting more comedy shows in upcoming semesters! For more information about Noah, please visit his website at https://www.noahgcomedy.com/.
Friday night, Rowan Hillel hosted our 4th annual Rowan United event. The event, co-sponsored by the Rowan Muslim Student Association, is an Interfaith event fostering open and honest dialogue between students of all beliefs, focusing on our similarities. We began the event with an icebreaker to get to know one another and then played a few rounds of the “Game of Things” before kicking off the discussion. The discussion was a huge hit! Some topics we talked about included the current climate of Rowan & the United States, whether we believe people are becoming more divided or unified, how we can promote more unity in the world, and how COVID-19 has impacted our personal lives and the world as a whole. We hope to see everyone at our last event of the semester on Dec. 4th — the virtual comedy show!
This evening, Rowan University Hillel participated in a virtual WebEx event commemorating and remembering the anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. Run by the Rowan Center for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights and joined by over 80 participants from Hillel, Chabad, Phi Alpha Theta, and Student History Association. Participants discussed the significance of Kristallnacht on Jewish lives, and what we can do today to educate, inform, and spread awareness.