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Bear Beginnings & Welcome Events


BEAR BEGINNINGS 2019

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
SHABBAT SERVICES
5:30-6:30pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Join us for your choice of services to usher in Shabbat at WashU!  Reform, conservative and orthodox services will be held at Hillel at 5:30pm.

BEAR BEGINNINGS SHABBAT DINNER WITH CHANCELLOR ANDREW D. MARTIN
6:30-8:30pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Celebrate your first college Shabbat with your family and meet new friends at a festive Hillel dinner with Washington University Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.  Dinner is free for first years, $18 per additional family member.  RSVPs for dinner have closed.  Walk in space will be available!

SECRETS OF SUCCESS:  THRIVING IN COLLEGE AND BEYOND
DESSERT & DISCUSSION WITH WASHU’S DEAN OF JOY
8:30-9:30 pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Stay after Hillel’s Shabbat dinner or come by at 8:30 pm for a special dessert and discussion featuring Jill Stratton, PhD, WashU Associate Dean for Undergraduate Residential Learning. Dr. Stratton, a positive psychologist and longtime administrator and faculty member at Washington University, will share strategies for succeeding in college and life.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
MOVE-IN DAY
9:00am-4:00pm | WashU's Danforth University Center 
Visit WashU Hillel's booth at move-in day tabling in the Danforth University Center (DUC) to meet Hillel staff, grab some free swag, and learn more about Jewish life on campus! 

AFTERNOON OPEN HOUSE & SEUDAH SHLISHIT
3:00-5:00 pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Relax and unwind, learn about Jewish life on campus, and get to know the Hillel staff over light refreshments. Tours of our beautiful home will also be offered. No reservations required.


MONDAY, AUGUST 19
A PRIEST AND A RABBI WALK INTO A BAR.....
A Conversation with Two Campus Ministers

9:00-11:00pm | Risa Commons
As part of WashU's Bear CLAW (Campus Life at WashU) series, join WashU Hillel Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi Jordan Gerson and Father Gary Braun of the Catholic Student Center for a fun, casual and open conversation about life on campus over mocktails and snacks.  No question is out of bounds, no topic off limits!

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
BEAR MITZVAH; A MIXER FOR WASHJEWS!
Presented by Chabad on Campus and WashU Hillel

9:00-11:00pm | Mudd Multi-Purpose Room  on the South 40
Join new students to celebrate like it's your bar/bat mitzvah!  Complete with desserts and chocolate fountains, music, games, special surprises and more...you won't want to miss it!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
JEW IT YOURSELF - MAKE YOUR OWN DORM ROOM MEZUZAH & OTHER CRAFTS
9:00-11:00pm | Ursa's Fireside on the South 40
Going to the South 40 Block Party?  Stop by Ursa's to make a mezuzah for your dorm room and other fun decor and crafts.  Light refreshments will be available.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
SHABBAT SERVICES
6 pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Meet up with other students and Hillel student leaders at the South 40 Clocktower at 5:45pm to walk over to Hillel for your choice of Reform or Conservative services.

FIRST YEAR FRIDAY SHABBAT DINNER
6:45 pm | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Take a break from the hustle of Bear Beginnings activities and enjoy a relaxing and delicious Shabbat dinner with new friends, returning student leaders, and the Hillel staff. Come as you are (casual attire welcome) and walk over to Hillel directly or meet up with other students at the South 40 Clocktower at 6:30 pm to walk over together. Buses will begin leaving regularly for WashU’s City Museum trip starting at 8pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to participate if you wish to do so.  RSVPs are strongly encouraged here, but walk-in space will be available.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
HILLEL SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE
10:00am | WashU Hillel, 6300 Forsyth
Join us for danishes and davening with a lively student-led conservative egalitarian Shabbat morning service. 

HILLEL SHABBAT SHA-BRUNCH
11:30am-1:30pm | MUDD Multi Purpose Room on the South 40
Enjoy bagels, schmear, lots of lox, and more at Hillel’s popular Shabbat Sha-Brunch. Meet fellow first-years, schmooze with Hillel staff and students, and learn more about Jewish life on campus. Stay for the entire time or drop by!

 


FIRST WEEK OF CLASS EVENTS

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
JEWBQ
5:00-7:00pm | Lien-Gregg Porch on the South 40
Join Hillel Leadership Council and Chabad Student Association for a kosher BBQ on the Lien-Gregg Porch to kick off the year with Jewish students on campus.  Vegetarian options available.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
HILLEL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
5:30-6:30pm | DUC 234
A great time for first years and returning students to connect and enjoy St. Louis' famous Ted Drewes Frozen Custard after the first few days of class!  


FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
WELCOME BACK SHABBAT DINNER
Services at 5:45pm, dinner at 7:00pm | Hillel Building
Unwind after the first week of classes with Hillel's annual Welcome Back Shabbat Dinner!  Schmooze with other first years and meet returning students over a delicious classic Shabbat meal.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
HILLEL @ THE CARDINALS GAME!
10:00am meet in the Lopata House Multipurpose-late afternoon
Join friends and WashU Hillel student leaders and meet returning students to cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals as they take on the San Francisco Giants!  We'll meet up on campus to get to know one another and travel to Busch Stadium together.  Event is $18 per person and includes your ticket to the game and your choice of a kosher hotdog, pastrami dog or veggie/gf lunch option, plus chips and a drink.  Register here by August 29!

FYSH (First Year Students of Hillel)
FreshFest Events


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
FRESHFEST: APPLE ADVENTURE
10:30am-around 1:30pm
Do you love apples and fun fall days in the country?  Join First Year Students of Hillel as we pick apples for Rosh Hashanah!  Pick some to enjoy with friends and more to donate to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.  Event is free, but bring $ if you want to purchase or donate apples and other items at the gift shop.  RSVP here!