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Hillel Offers Many Activities in New Semester

Hillel Shabbat DinnerA brand new semester brings new opportunities for University of Louisville and Bellarmine students to get energized and engaged with their Jewish community in Louisville.

On January 9, Hillel held a “Welcome Back Shabbat Dinner.” Eleven undergraduate and graduate students came together to recite the traditional Shabbos prayers, eat a wonderful smorgasbord of food and talk about their resolutions for the upcoming semester. Special thanks to Leon and Helen Wahba for hosting the event. Hillel would also like to thank the Shapiro and Stern families for their generous support during this event.

On January 20, Hillel’s Graduate and Professional Student Association hosted its first event of the semester. Students tasted a fine selection of kosher wines and beers provided by Westport Whiskey and Wine. Hillel thanks its knowledgeable host, Justin Horn, who is also a member of Temple Shalom.
Hillel is also excited to announce the return of its Lunch ’n Learn series.

The series, for students only, will kick off on January 28 with a discussion led by University of Louisville Professor Emeritus Ed Segal.

February promises adventures as Hillel and the Jewish Community Resource Council partner for Shavua Tov week. Join Hillel on Sunday, February 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for a Krav Maga self-defense course by Reality Krav Maga at the Jewish Community Center. Admission is $20; $15 for Hillel members.

On Thursday, February 19, students will attend the Louisville Jewish Film Festival’s showing of 24 Days at 7 p.m. at the Village 8 Theatres. Tickets are $8.50 in advance or $10 at the door. Students tickets are $6. On Friday, February 20, the Altman family will host a Shabbat dinner for students.

The highlight of Shavua Tov week will be guest speaker, Chloe Valdary.

Valdary, a passionate Zionist and African-American student from the University of New Orleans, will speak to students about her relationship with Israel and how she believes students can reclaim the Zionist dream.
The event will be held at Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the Chao Auditorium in the Ekstrom Library on University of Louisville’s campus.

For more information about our upcoming programs, please find Hillel on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/LouisvilleHille/ or contact Devon Oser, Director of Hillel at doser@jewishlouisville.org.

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