Undergraduate Student Programming
Challah for Hunger
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Challah for Hunger is a national organization with individual chapters at college campuses across the country. Students meet bi-weekly to make challah from scratch and sell the loaves on campus. Proceeds from the bake sales go directly to hunger organizations including Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger and The Nashville Food Project . Challah for Hunger is more than just a bake sale- it provides opportunities for leadership, entreprenuership, and social justice awareness, both locally and globally.
The Hillel Executive Board consists of the Hillel president, the vice presidents of programming, membership, religious life, and Israel, and the secretary and the treasurer. They help oversee all aspects of Jewish Life at Vanderbilt Hillel.
First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) Board
This board is created to empower our freshman class to create a Jewish community on the commons, to build a relationship with the existing members of Hillel, and to learn how to become a leader. The FYSH Board is a student run and led initiative with guidance from our Engagement Coordinator, Lauren Silverman. Their goal is to bring together Jewish students on the Commons through social, religious, and academic programming. First year students can apply to join the FYSH board in September.
Dores for Israel (DFI)
‘Dores for Israel is Vanderbilt’s active pro-Israel arm on campus. Members come together to discuss Israel in intellectual settings at our dinners with the professors series, have social functions such as make your own hummus or falafel at midnight, and provide the campus with Israeli cultural experiences at our annual Israel Fest.
DFI hosts regular events each semester that are open to anyone on campus. This past year DFI’s signature event, Falafel at Midnight, hosted at the Schulman Center, drew a crowd of almost 200 students. We are looking forward to another successful year with the help of the Vanderbilt community.
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The AIPAC cadre is a small group of students committed to pro-Israel political activism both on campus and beyond it. We work to educate students and leaders on the value of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
The cadre annually attends two conference for committed student activists in Washington and recruits other students to attend AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference, which this year will be held in March.
DFI works closely with the David Project, an Israeli advocacy group that works with various college campuses. The David Project positively shapes campus opinion on Israel by educating, training, and empowering student leaders to be thoughtful, strategic and persuasive advocates. Students work on campus to form coalitions and relationships with other campus clubs and organization to promote Israel positively.
Jewish Life Committee (JLC)
The JLC is a committee appointed by the executive board and staff to serve as a sounding board for the Vice President of Jewish Life and the Executive board on issues of religious observance, most notably holidays and Shabbat. Additionally the JLC hosts educational and religious programs to engage students in these aspects of Judaism.
Events done in the past include themed Shabbats, Havdalah, Make your own Matzah Pizza Night, and the Annual Interfaith Chocolate Seder.
Programming Board (ProBo)
The programming board oversees Vanderbilt Hillel’s Social Programming efforts. ProBo works to plan events for students across campus including a riding around campus on our Hillel Food Truck, sponsoring holiday celebrations, and the end of the semester Hillel Date Party, among other activities. The Board is chaired by the Executive Vice President.
Senior Leadership Initiative (SLI)
The Senior Leadership Initiative meets regularly, engaging in social, community service, networking, and educational activities in order to enhance the sense of a “senior class community,” establish connections between seniors and the Nashville Jewish community, and ensure that the bond between Hillel and our graduating students is an enduring one.