I like the idea that they bring people to Israel. I loved my trip to Israel and I am looking forward to going back in the Spring.
I read the article "Where Faith Meets Science" because I am a firm believer in science and I like hard facts. While I can appreciate the view points from others who follow religion closely, I do not observe Judaism religiously. Others look to religion to find answers to questions that don't make sense, but I just think that science fill answer those questions later.
I read an article from the New York Times called "Steve Bannon is Bad For the Jews" I read the New York Times everyday, so when I saw this article, I thought it seemed interested so I decided to give it a try. I am not super big into politics and the article mentioned a lot of political terms that I am unfamiliar with, but the big picture of the article, at least the one I got out of it, was that celebrities and organizations that claim to be pro-Israel pretty much are not. I do not know how to feel about this, and I will have to read more about it, but it was an interesting read.
The final class for the Tzedek fellowship at Hillel was about Tzedek and Self. We talked about self-care, and how it is important to care about yourself when you are the ones helping other people all the time. We related ancient texts to topics relevant to today. The Tzedek fellowship was meaningful and fulfilling and I am very glad I was a part of it.
On 11/12, I went to the JCC in Squirrel Hill to listen to a talk about the Jewish response to the #metoo. The talk was led by a local rabbi and a staff member at Hillel JUC. The talk was engaging and interesting the whole time. I loved the texts they pulled to discuss the topic. The comments at the end were also very interesting. I like how topics wrote about thousands of years ago can still be brought into context today.
I don't normally go to service, but I occasionally will if my friends are going. I don't find service super meaningful, which is why I don't go that often. I like connecting with the people I care about on Shabbat, and I can do that without the service part.
The most meaningful moment I had in Israel was in Zefat. I loved it because there were people who observed Judaism differently, but they were still all Jewish. That's what I like so much about Judaism; it can be observed in so many ways and still be meaningful.
Tonight I attended Shabbat at Hillel. I pretty much hung out with the president of Hillel JUCs daughter the whole time, and that was really fun. She is a little 8 year old girl with a lot to say. I am looking forward to next week.
I am a part of a learning group at Hillel called Tzedek Fellows. It was required to meet with the group leader to talk about a portion of the Torah related to Tzedek and how it relates to our daily lives. We read a portion about the levels of charity, and how the highest level is giving to someone and having them not know it's you, and you not knowing who you are giving to. I really liked the portion we read and I am looking forward to learning more soon.
On Oct. 27, I went to Shabbat at Hillel. It was parents weekend so there were parents there and it was nice. My parents didn't come but it was still nice to see my friends and everyone that I see every week. I'm looking forward to going again this coming Friday.
I am a part of a 5 week program dedicated to Tzedek, or justice, with Hillel JUC. The teacher is Danielle Kranjec, and she is amazing. This week's topic, on 10/25, was Tzedek and feeding the poor. We discussed various texts from the Torah and discussed how they are still relevant today. I am looking forward to next weeks discussion.
On Oct. 20, I went to Hillel JUC for Shasharet Shabbat. My favorite part was the pink Challah and pink cake. I am looking forward to the next Shabbat.
On 10/13, I went to Hillel JUC for Shabbat. It was nice because I got to hang out with one of my favorite staff members and her kid who I babysit. They served really good mashed potatoes and veggies. I'm looking forward to this Friday.
On Oct. 6, I attended shabbat at Hillel JUC. It was themed "Under the stars" and they turned off the lights in honor of Sukkot. They had decorations in honor of the harvest and it was really cute. I am looking forward to going back on Friday.
I attended a session with the senior Jewish educator, Danielle Kranjec, at my local Hillel. There are about 8 other people in the class. The class is 5 sessions based on Tzedek, or justice. During the first session, we discussed what Tzedek was and why it is important to us. We read some scripture that related to poverty and justice and how pieces from ancient times are still revelant today. The topics of the next classes will cover justice and race, education, the environment, and self. I really enjoyed this class and I am looking forward to the next ones to come.
This video posed questions that I never really thought of before. The beginning of the video mentioned "every single person on this planet thinks they know everything." So we really will never know the truth of anything because we will always believe what we think is true, and we will think we are right.
I liked this video because it emphasized the individuality and uniqueness of every person. It is okay to be selfish and want the best for yourself.
This video emphasized how humans are unique from other animals because they have souls, which make our lives as humans complex, but unique and meaningful and deep.
I liked this video because it talks about how we can change ourselves if we what to be more successful, happier, etc. The video says that when people try to change something about their lives, they are very hard on themselves, which is why the change never sticks. The key to sticking to change is making the change a ritual.
This video was a good reminder not to focus on the negatives in life all the time. The speaker used the phrase "imbalance" which I liked, because I personally do heavily weigh the negatives in my life more than I do the positives, but it's the positives that mean so much more.
I liked this video because it reminds me that we are not perfect, no matter how hard we try to be. It is important to remember that it is okay to make mistakes, and it is okay to not know what to do sometimes.
This isn't a great app for me because I don't read Hebrew, but I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Jewish calendar/Hebrew calendar. It's nice because it works as a regular phone calendar and you can add your tasks in it as well.
I got this hand painted picture to represent the first letter of my name. I bought it in Israel in Tel Aviv in a market. Every time I look at it, I remember my time in Israel and how special my name is to me. Even though my name is not of Hebrew origin, I have Jewish roots.
I like the idea of everyone being able to find a place for Shabbat. Shabbat is meaningful to me and I am glad they are making sure everyone has their chance of getting a great experience.
I learned that in order to have a successful relationship, both partners have to work hard to better each other, they have to know each other and be known by the other, and they each must have a positive perception of the other person. It wasn't super clear but it was a nice introduction.
I downloaded an app called "Let's bake challah!" and it is a app where you mix, braid, bake, decorate then bless the challah, all from the comfort of your iPhone!! It's a big stress reliever.
I don't have an android so I had to borrow my friend's phone to download this app. I have no experience with Hebrew at all. I played around with the app for a bit but I have other language apps that I like better.
I learned that this app isn't just for the US, but operates in several other countries including China, Spain, France, South Africa, and many more. This would be a cool app to use to find kosher restaurants when traveling. There are a few good restaurants near me in Pittsburgh that I will have to try out sometime.
I watched a video called "How Much Do You Love Yourself" and it was a basically a reminder to have self-love and not be so hard on ourselves, which is difficult to do sometimes. The videos on there range from so many different topics, so it will be interesting to watch some more. I'd recommend this app to anyone interested in learning about anything Jewish related.
I'm not really sure why I downloaded this app considering I am not interested in looking for Jewish singles in my area, but I was curious about it so I did it anyway. I've had a few friends who have used Jswipe and have had a few good matches so far. They had an event called the "Crazy Jewish Mom Book Signing"and I am a big fan of the Crazy Jewish Mom (aka Kim Friedman) so I would sign up just for that purpose.
It was nice getting together with my fellow Birthright friends. We talked about how we would like to see each other more. Since taking this picture, we have seen each other a few more times. I am grateful I got to meet these friends on Birthright.
On Sept. 15, I went to Hillel for Shabbat dinner. There was Chinese food which is very exciting because I don't eat Chinese food very much. I brought a few friends who don't usually attend Shabbat, so it was really nice to see them and spend time with them. I plan on going back again this coming Friday.
I am not a typical service person, but I decided to go to service this year. It was held on campus, so it was a familiar place. I liked the atmosphere of the room and I am glad I was there with all of my friends. Although I am not a typical service person, I am glad I went. It was a unity service with Chabad and there were tons of people who I haven't met before, but everyone was so friendly which is why I love the community I am in so much.
Rosh Hashanah Dinner was very busy. There were so many people and I didn't end up having a place to sit inside, so my friend and I decided to sit outside the main dining hall which was actually quite nice because we were able to catch up. We talked about how our school years were going and what our plans for the new year were.
This new year, I would like to take more time for myself.
On Sept. 8, I attended Shabbat dinner at Hillel JUC. I saw the event on Facebook and decided to go. It was a very enjoyable experience. I went with a few friends, and I ended up meeting a new Freshman student and we talked for most of the night. The food was Israeli themed, with Israeli salad, falafel, and pickles.
One of my favorite parts of Birthright was celebrating Shabbat. Luckily, on my trip, we were able to celebrate two Shabbats. I have celebrated Shabbat in the past, but celebrating in Israel was so much different. I was surrounded by friends, and we were all in awe about the amazing place we were in. I want to remember the feeling of absolute happiness and contentless I felt in Israel during Shabbat, and I think that celebrating Shabbat weekly will help me feel connected to Israel and remind me of Israel weekly.
My favorite Jewish holiday is Passover. I have celebrated Passover with my extended family for as long as I can remember. Saying Passover prayers was my first exposure to Hebrew. My family is not very religious, and we do not celebrate all of the holidays, so celebrating Passover was always really special to me because I was able to learn from an early age about special food, prayers, and traditions. I still look forward to Passover every year.
The focus is empowering young Jews, and they understand that the new generation may not be as educated about Israel and Judaism. I also like how they use the power of film to spread their message.
Please bring the Israelis to PGH
Please bring the Israelis to Pittsburgh!!!
I loved my trip to Israel, and if I did not have plans for after graduation, I would highly consider taking a gap year in Israel.
This organization helps the environment, which is something I feel passionate about.
On Sept. 1, I attended Shabbat at Hillel. I saw a lot of my Birthright friends as well as other friends from school. The vegetarian option was one of my personal favorites (fake chicken, otherwise known as ficken) and dessert was brownies. My favorite part was seeing one of my favorite Hillel staff members. I plan on going back to Shabbat this Friday.
It was so nice seeing all of my friends from birthright! Also it was my first time having falafel since Israel so I was very happy about that.
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