What's happening at Illini Hillel this week?
Catch up with Hillel.
Stay updated on all of our upcoming in-person and virtual programming by checking this page, our social media, and our newsletter! For all Zoom links or live broadcasting updates, please check below or tune into Illini Hillel's Facebook page, where all links to online programming will be posted! All times listed are in central time. Please remember that masks and social distancing are required AT ALL TIMES during any and all Hillel programming.
*Every night of the week at 8:00 p.m., there is a regular Maariv Minyan (evening prayer service), which gathers at Illini Hillel. On most evenings after Maariv, Rabbi Shlomo Schachter leads a learning session for any students interested in sticking around for a few extra minutes and discussing any hot topics on their mind.
Sunday, April 11
Israel Bagel Brunch
Sunday, April 11 at 12-4:00pm | Hillel Lounge
You know what day it is... BAGEL DAY! Head on over to Hillel's lounge to grab your bagel bag to-go! We cannot wait to see you!
Community Observance of Yom HaShoah
Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. | Online
The community is invited to join this observance of Yom HaShoah featuring poetry, liturgy, and music to allow us to reflect on this day in which we remember the Holocaust and Heroism. Rabbi Mark Glickman of Temple B'nai Tikvah in Calgary, Alberta will be our keynote speaker. He will discuss his book Stolen Words, which discusses the Nazi plunder of sacred Jewish texts.
The Lone Soldier Experience with Avi Lurie
Sunday, April 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. | Zoom
Please join us for a conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi, New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, and Mohammad Darawshe, a leading political analyst who has spent more than three decades advocating for Israel’s Arab sector. They will discuss their evolving views on Israeli-Arab relations and, more generally, how we can engage meaningfully with one another across deeply-held divisions.
Monday, April 12
Passport to Israel: An Immersive Israel Eexperience
Monday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. | Hillel Lounge
Transport yourself to Israel! Travel to Haifa, Eilat, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv! The flight takes off from the Hillel lounge at 5pm on April 12... see you there!
LGBT Jew General Meeting
Monday, April 12 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Hillel Zoom
Come bake and braid some tasty challah while having a great time with friends!
Danielle's Coffee Hours
Tuesday, April 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13
Yom HaZikaron Ceremony
Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. | Zoom
Illini Hillel, alongside the Champaign-Urbana Jewish and Israeli community, will be gathering together on Israel Memorial Day to honor the fallen soldiers in Israel's wars and the victims of terror attacks in Israel. We will be having a ceremony, remembering our debt and expressing our eternal gratitude, to those who gave their lives for the achievement of Israel's independence and its continued existence.
The ceremony will be held in person at Hillel on April 13th at 7pm. It will be broadcasted live on Hillel's Facebook page and over Zoom, to ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to join us on this day.
*The ceremony is co-sponsored by Sinai Temple and CUJF
Wednesday, April 14
Thursday, April 15
Celebrate Shabbat with Hillel - Morrocan Style!
Friday, April 16 | 6:00 p.m. (services) | 7:00 p.m. (free kosher dinner)
Please register to join your Illini Hillel family for a Shabbat experience! Dinner at Hillel, curbside, and hosting options available! We cannot wait to see you!
Registration is MANDATORY for all Shabbat activities (services and meals) by LATEST on Wednesday at noon. Whether you are joining for services, dinner, both, or taking a meal to go, you must register.
If you register and end up not being able to make it to services or meals, please contact a Hillel staff member and let us know ASAP. Thank you in advance! All details regarding your registration selections will be emailed to you on Thursday afternoons! We look forward to sharing Shabbat with you. :)
Wednesday, April 14 from 4-6:00 p.m. | Zoom/Hillel Hybrid
Join Adi for a Cafe Ivrit: Passover Edition to practice your Hebrew skills, learn some new ones, and have a good time. Join us in person or via Zoom!
Beginners course: 4-5pm; Advanced course 5-6pm
Join the Israeli Book Club!
Wednesday, April 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Zoom/Hillel Hybrid
There is nothing better than reading a great book and discussing it with friends! Read the book and join others on April 14 at 6:30 to discuss it!
This month we will be reading Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War. Sign up to receive the book from Hillel or get reimbursed for it. Read the book's description on Amazon.
Come study with LGBTJew!
Thursday, April 15 from 5-7:00pm | Zoom/Hillel Hybrid
Make studying fun by studying with friends! Join LGBTJew every Thursday to study and chill.
MatzoBall: Yom Ha'atzmaut Edition!
Thursday, April 15 from 7:00-9:00pm | Hillel parking lot
It's the biggest party of the year...MatzoBall and Yom Ha'atzmaut! There will be food, dancing, a photobooth, MATZAH BALL SOUP, a mix of Israeli and American music! No registration required - just show up! Attire is semi-formal.