Undergraduate Student Programming
Bagel B’s are a social group that meets several times during the semester. Past events have included Spin Classes, avocado toast bar, and, of course, bagel breaks.
'Dores for Israel
‘Dores for Israel (DFI) is Vanderbilt’s active pro-Israel arm on campus. Members come together to discuss Israel in intellectual settings, enjoy social functions such as Falafel at Midnight, and provide Israeli cultural experiences at the annual Israel Fest in April. In addition, a dedicated group of Israel activisits within DFI owrk to engage the borader campus community to raise awareness of Israel at Vanderbilt.
Challah for Hunger
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.
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First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) is a student-run initiative that empowers our freshman class to create a Jewish community on the Ingram Commons through social, religious, and academic programming, all while building relationships with those involved in Hillel and honing important leadership skills. First year students can apply to join the FYSH board in September.
The David Project
The David Project is 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.
Hebros is dedicated to providing a positive social outlet for the men of Hillel through outings, dinners, and other fun events. Our Hebros group is committed to ensuring that Hillel has delicious smoked brisket at our BBQs and tailgates, and in 2016, fielded the winning team for the campus intramural basketball championship.
Hillel Executive Board
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, all of whom oversee all aspects of Jewish Life at Vanderbilt Hillel. Elections for these positions are held in February.
Hillel’s Membership Committee is responsible for welcoming our incoming first-year students on campus. They help arrange our Big FYSH/Little FYSH program, in whihc first-year students are partnered with upperclassmen to introduce to Jewish life on campus.
Hillel Program Board
Hillel Programming Board (ProBo), chaired by the Vice President of Programming, oversees Vanderbilt Hillel’s social programming efforts and major ecents of Vanderbilt Hillel. ProBo works to plan events for students across campus including Jewish Food Festival, Hillel Date Party, Hamantaschen Hotwheels, among other activities.
Russian Speaking Jews
RSJ provides a home for Russian Jews in America to explore and cherish their unique identity and heritage by offering Russian-Jewish cultural and educational programs for students and the general campus population. Past events include have included a Russian themed Shabbat, a movie screening in memory of the Babi Yar massacre victims, and a Russian cultural night.
Jewish Life Committee
The Jewish Life Committee (JLC) is responsible for the organization and development of Vanderbilt’s Jewish religious community. Events done in the past include themed Shabbats, make your own Matzah pizza, and the Annual Interfaith Chrismukkah party.
In addition to planning Shabbat and holiday programming, JLC hosts Tuesday Schmoozeday, a monthly speaker series open to all students. Jewish local professionals join students on campus for discussions across a variety of disciplines including the intersection of feminism and Judaism, Jewish music, and Jewish humor.
Senior Leadership Initiative
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.