MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014 Activities by Sponsor - Hillel

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"Abraham on the mountain with a knife": An Interfaith Text Study

Kari Jo Verhulst, Lutheran Chaplain to MIT

Jan/23 Thu 12:00PM-01:30PM W20 Coffeehouse Loun

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scriptures all contain some version of the story of God commanding Abraham to sacrifice his son, and this text holds a central place in all three of the Abrahamic faiths. This open study will provide an opportunity to learn more about how the 3 traditions approach their texts, as well as open conversation about the challenging questions the story raises about obedience, sacrifice, trust, and God.

Absolutely no prior experience or knowledge required. MIT Chaplains Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder, Imam Suheil Laher, and Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst will lead the discussion and serve as resources. A vegetarian kosher lunch will be provided. 

Sponsor(s): Hillel, Lutheran Ministry at MIT, Muslim Chaplaincy
Contact: Kari Jo Verhulst, W11-030, 617-252-2325,

Hebrew for Beginners

Dalia Leibowitz

Enrollment: Walkins allowed first week until class fills.
Sign-up by 01/10
Attendance: Participants must attend 80% of classes

Description: This class is designed to teach basic Hebrew skills, and is appropriate for those with little or no knowledge of the language. After finishing this course, students will be able to:

A textbook is required beginning at the end of the first week of class. Hebrew from Scratch Part 1 can be purchased new at the Israel Book Shop in Brookline for approximately $40. For those who wish to order online, the ISBN is 965-350-112-7.

Walkins allowed during first week until class is full.

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Marissa Feinman, W11, 617-253-2982,

Hebrew For Beginners

Jan/06 Mon 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/07 Tue 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/08 Wed 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/09 Thu 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/13 Mon 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/14 Tue 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/15 Wed 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/16 Thu 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/21 Tue 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/22 Wed 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205
Jan/23 Thu 06:30PM-07:30PM 8-205

The course will cover the aleph bet, reading and writing with vowels, a vocabulary including at least 100 words, and some basic conversation practice.     

Dalia Leibowitz

Israeli Folk Dancing

David Goldfinger, Valarie Rosen

Jan/22 Wed 07:30PM-09:00PM Lobdell (W20 2nd fl)
Jan/29 Wed 07:30PM-09:00PM Lobdell (W20 2nd fl)

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Dance to music ranging from last week's Israeli pop hit to folk songs from the days of the pioneers. Come learn the newest, hottest dances in Israeli folk dancing.

Lots of teaching! Lots of fun! Beginners are most welcome! No partner needed and absolutely no experience necessary. Come by yourself or bring friends.

Beginner teaching until 9 pm, mixed-level dancing 9-11 pm. These dances continue as a regular series on Wednesday nights, so you can keep coming once you get hooked!

Sponsor(s): Folk Dance Club, Hillel
Contact: MIT Folk Dance Club,

Jerusalem: Movie and Dinner

Marissa Feinman, Director of Student Life and Programming, Hillel, Ora Gladstone, Coordinator of the Addir Fellows Program

Jan/30 Thu 03:45PM-07:30PM Museum of Science, Meet at the museum, travel together to dinner

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Prereq: must pre register for ticket price to be covered

Enjoy this film in the company of an interfaith MIT field trip! After viewing the film at the Museum of Science we'll travel back to MIT and discuss our experience over a delicious free dinner.

Please click here to register in advance

Film Description: The Promised Land for the Jews, the Holy Land to Christians, and the Land of the Prophets to the Muslim world.

Explore for the first time in IMAX this crossroads of civilization and faith. Jerusalem is an historic media initiative that comprises a spectacular giant screen film and a multi-year, multi component public education programme.

The film will convey the story of Jerusalem in all its beauty and diversity, illuminating global public opinion and understanding about Jerusalem on a vast scale. We seek to present an exceptional vision of Jerusalem – as a city of universal historical, spiritual, cultural and archaeological importance – and to promote, with unprecedented impact, tolerance and goodwill between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Sponsor(s): Hillel, Addir Fellows Interfaith Dialogue, MIT - Israel
Contact: Marissa Feinman, (617) 253-2982,

MIT Hummus Experience

Marissa Feinman, Hillel Director of Student Life and Programming

Enrollment: See individual event details for sign up information
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

The MIT Hummus Experience began in 2008 and has grown every year since then. It might be the health trend or just pure curiosity which brings hundreds of people to the “Hummus Taste Off,” a competition where professors and students get to rank different hummus brands and student creations by aroma, taste and texture. The “Hummus Taste Off” is the culmination for a month of “hummus experiences”. During IAP, we will again have a number of hummus-based events, as the Hummus Experience reflects the fun and exploratory spirit of MIT’s intersession. All we are saying is "Give chickpeas a Chance."

Sponsor(s): Hillel, MIT - Israel
Contact: Marissa Feinman, W11, 3-2982,

Hummus 101

Jan/21 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM W11 Main Dining Room

Workshop participants will learn the secrets of making hummus from George Kirby '79, who is well-known in greater Boston for his delicious homemade dips. This is a hands-on workshop with take-away results. Bonus - Spice it up by preparing an exotic Yemenite hot sauce (Zhug).

Sign up is not required, though space is limited to the room capacity so show up early!

Ethan Sokol

H(ummus)- Lab

Jan/28 Tue 06:00PM-08:00PM Provided Upon RSVP

Put together a team with an idea of what flavor you would like to make. We will provide you with the basic recipe, which you can adapt to your liking using both traditional and funky ingredients. All entries will be held for the Taste Off the next day and will be judged by the entire MIT Community! RSVP required.

Shoshana Gibbor, Marissa Feinman - Hillel Director of Student Life and Programming

The Annual Hummus Taste Off

Jan/29 Wed 12:00PM-02:00PM Lobby 13

Vote for the best home-made hummus at MIT. Help choose the best hummus at MIT's annual "made from scratch" hummus taste-off! Participate in a blind tasting of hummus made by fellow students. Be dazzled by the variations in flavor and texture. After casting your vote, join us in lobby 13 for free hummus and pita, give aways, music and entertainment.

Shoshana Gibbor, Marissa Feinman - Hillel Director of Student Life and Programming