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IAP 2017 Activities by Sponsor - Hillel

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Hummus 101: Make your own hummus!

George Kirby

Jan/31 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM W11 Main Dining Room

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)

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).

This program is sponsored by ARCADE.

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Ethan Sokol, 631-398-3220, ESOKOL@MIT.EDU

Introductory Hebrew

Dalia Leibowitz, Tamar Grey

Enrollment: Use the sign up form in the description
Sign-up by 01/23
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend 80% of classes.

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 by 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.

Walk-ins allowed on the first or second day of class, if space is available.

Please register ahead of time here.

Sponsor(s): Students for Israel, Hillel
Contact: Dalia Leibowitz,

Hebrew 101

Jan/23 Mon 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Jan/24 Tue 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Jan/25 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Jan/26 Thu 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Jan/30 Mon 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Jan/31 Tue 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Feb/01 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210
Feb/02 Thu 06:00PM-07:30PM 26-210

The course will build on each previous session. Participants may miss 1 class if necessary.

Introductory Hebrew

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

Israeli Folk Dancing

Prashant Vasudevan, Valarie Rosen

Jan/11 Wed 08:00PM-09:00PM Sala de Puerto Rico
Jan/18 Wed 08:00PM-09:00PM Sala de Puerto Rico
Jan/25 Wed 08:00PM-09:00PM Lobdell, W20 2nd fl
Feb/01 Wed 08:00PM-09:00PM W20-491 (4th floor)

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 8:30 pm, followed by mixed-level dancing until 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,

Jewish Wisdom for Political Activism

Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder, Rabbi, MIT Chaplain

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Filling out the linked form

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 

Anne Frank,

With the benefits of the internet, citizens are more alert, informed, and communicative than ever. And for many, the timing could not be better, as many of the core principles that ensure our safety and well-being are being debated and decided. 

Now, more than ever, is the time learn the values, principles, and skills of activism. 

Activism takes many forms that share common foundations of attitude, persistence, clarity and communication. Study and practice concerning these foundations will have a lasting effect on individuals’ ability and willingness to be involved.The tradition of Jewish activism provides clarity and guidance around the core attitudes of activism, offering practical as well as timeless wisdom that can be focus on all manner of causes, not just “Jewish” ones. 

In this short course, we will read selections from two books on the topic of Jewish Activism and will take time to practice - through letter-writing, phone calls, and attendance at events, as appropriate. 

This course will not take place without sufficient interest and participation. Please fill out this form if you are interested.

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Gavriel Goldfeder, W-11, (617) 324-5882, HEYRABBI@MIT.EDU

Jan/11 Wed 12:30PM-01:30PM W-11, Lunch will be served
Jan/18 Wed 12:30PM-01:30PM W-11, Lunch will be served
Jan/25 Wed 12:30PM-01:30PM W-11, Lunch will be served

During these sessions, we will read passages from two books on the topic, and will take time to make phone calls, write letters, and send emails. Other sessions may be added that will require travel to sites of rallies and protests. 

Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder - Rabbi, MIT Chaplain

Tzedakah/Philanthropy 101 for Seniors

Marissa Freed, Assistant Director, Hillel, Marla Choslovsky, Development Director, Hillel

Feb/02 Thu 12:00PM-02:00PM W11-180 Small Dining, Lunch will be served

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/30
Limited to 15 participants
Fee: $5.00 for senior class gift (Suggested, not required)

One of the perks of becoming an adult is earning a paycheck. Hillel is leading a conversation about how adults make intentional philanthropic choices past dropping a quarter in a tzedakah box. All students are welcome to join this conversation about personal philanthropy and Jewish perspectives on the practice.

 RSVP here by Monday January 30th 

Sponsor(s): Hillel
Contact: Marissa Freed, W11-039, 617-253-2982, MFEINMAN@MIT.EDU