Hillel of Rockland


November 2021

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The frying pan is packed away, the Chanukah gelt has been spent (or eaten), but here at Hillel of Rockland, our inner menorah is still lit! Thanks to you, every day of Chanukah shone brightly for our students. (Check out the images below!)

In fact, in the spirit of our namesake, the great sage Hillel, every night shone brighter and brighter. For it is thanks to Hillel’s wisdom that we increase the lights of the menorah by adding one each night until we reach the culmination of eight lights. Although Hillel’s scholarly partner, Shammai, recommended starting with eight lights and decreasing each day, Hillel advocated for adding light, which is the practice the Jewish people adopted.

You lit such a powerful light for Hillel over Chanukah that it is still glowing brightly, and for that we are very thankful!

Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver

Recent Happenings

Chanukah event flyers
Ski trip at Hunter Mountain
Violinist Shmuel Lax and Shana Yeger at the piano entertain at the Chanukah in the Shtetl party.
Cellist Laura Meincoff
Cellist Laura Melnicoff
Participants in the Draidel Making Workshop display their creations
two students with draidels
group wearing #endjewhatred shirts at Holocaust Museum
On the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Hillel Club gathers at the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education after a Moral Courage workshop and tour led by Linda Suss, Educational Director (front right).
Sara Meisels

Student Spotlight:
Sara Meisels, President,
Hillel Club at RCC

How did you get involved with Hillel?
I was introduced to Hillel at a very difficult time in my life. I had been struggling with several emotional health issues. Hillel invited me in with open arms! I felt so welcomed and loved. I was able to come out of my shell and be the fun, spunky girl that I am! I have never felt more included and loved as when I am with Hillel.

What’s it like being President of Hillel? 
I am honored! Being president has given me a place at RCC and a way to get to know more students. I love being with people, and the weekly club events are the highlight of my week. I also love the energy that Hillel spreads. It gives me joy to see everyone having fun at the events and making lifelong friends..

Who’s your vote for Hillel mascot and why? 
Harmony, my puppy! Harmony is the cutest, sassiest girl ever. She comes with me to Hillel events and is the LIFE of the PARTYYY!

How has Hillel impacted your life? 
I have felt more connected to Judaism than ever since joining Hillel. I always have a place for a Shabbos meal. Hillel makes you feel cared for and loved, and that has been such an amazing experience.

Thank you again for your friendship and support!

Rabbi Dov & Shevy Oliver, Directors

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