Yom Ha’Shoah 5775

Wednesday, April 15th at 8:30 pm

Vigil for Yom Ha’Shoah, Chapel Lawn

Join us for an evening of readings, prayers and songs to commemorate the 10 million men, women and children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. The Vigil will be by candlelight in front of the Chapel. 

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness”

-Elie Wisel

Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 pm

Talk with Jean Malkischer, Taylor Hall 102 (The first door when you enter on the first floor)

Jean Malkischer, a survivor of Thereseinstadt Ghetto and Auschwitz, will be coming to share her experience in the Holocaust with the Vassar Community. Please come here an amazing first-hand account of her experience in the Holocaust.

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm

Screening of Schindler’s List, Rocky 200

Schindler’s List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. The film is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

The VJU has organized this screening in honor of Yom Ha’Shoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls in the month of April. There will be a discussion bagel brunch the following Sunday, at the Bayit.

Sunday, April 26h at 12 pm

Bagel Brunch and Yom Ha’Shoah Debrief

Join the Vassar Jewish Union on April 26 at 12 pm at the bayit for a debrief of our Screening of Schindler’s List!

Bagels will be provided (and free!!)

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TOMORROW: Wednesday, April 1st at 4:30

Bayit Talk: A Facilitated Discussion, at the Bayit

Please join us to meet Kerry Chaplin, a candidate for the Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life / Assistant Director, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life position at the college. 

The search committee has invited Kerry Chaplin to lead prayers or lead a discussion on a theme or topic of her own choosing.  Following the prayers or her opening reflections, she will lead a discussion. This is a gathering primarily for students from the Vassar Jewish Union, but members of the wider campus community are also being invited.

Kerry Chaplin received her B.A. from Washington University, where her major was in Religious Studies with a minor in Hebrew.  This spring she will receive her rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and has served as Hillel Intern at the University of California / Los Angeles (UCLA) for the past two years

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PASSOVER at Vassar!

Join the VJU for Passover Sederim & Break Fast!


First Night Seder*

Friday 4/3

5:30 pm, CC MPR (dinner at 7)

Water-Themed Second Night Seder*

Saturday 4/4

5:30 pm, CC MPR (dinner at 7)

Water, a central motif in the Passover story, becomes more critical day by day in its scarcity for most people around the world. Join the VJU for our student-led, water-themed Seder!

Kosher for Passover Catered Dinners

4/5, 4/6, 4/7, 4/8, 4/9, 4/11 

5:30 – 7:30 pm, Dodge Room, ACDC

Kosher for Passover food options will be available at the ACDC, retreat and express all through Passover


Friday 4/10

Services 6:00 pm, Kosher for Passover Dinner* 7:15 pm, The Bayit

Save the date for post-Passover break fast on Saturday, 4/11 – details coming soon!

*Please pay at the door: One meal swipe or $10

Brought to you by the VJU, RSL, and Campus Dining. Contact Malka Packer (mapacker@vassar.edu) with questions.

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Kasher the Bayit!

Sunday, March 8, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

With your hard work, dedication, and determination, we can make the Bayit kosher for Passover! Dishes will be washed, tables will be covered, and chametz* will be burned (cause we’re gonna let it burn burn burn)

~come thru~

~gonna be dope~

You don’t have to stay the whole time, come whenever you can from 12-4! For more information, contact Henry (herosen@vassar.edu) or Sarah (saquiat@vassar.edu).

*”Chametz is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen). Our sages have determined that flour from any of these five grains that comes in contact with water or moisture will leaven, unless fully baked within eighteen minutes.”

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Homotaschen Baking!

Yes, you read that correctly! The Vassar Jewish Union is collaborating with the LGBTQ Center to make our very own “Homotaschen”. Hamantaschen are delicious pastries that are eaten for the Jewish Holiday of Purim. For more info, hit up this link:
We’re be baking at the Bayit this Sunday, and the treats will be sold (along with your state-of-the-art VJU shot glasses) in the College center next week! Come bake with us whenever you can!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 1st 2pm-5pm at The Bayit

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HEY VASSAR! It’s the most poppin’ holiday of the year! Some of you may know what Purim is from Jessica Williams’ talk on Friday, where she described it as “quite a bomb holiday”*, but for more information, go ahead and click this link:
Annnnddd one of the facets of celebrating this holiday is PARTYIN’ IT UP! SO COME ON OVER TO THE BAYIT ON MARCH 5th FOR A THURSDAY JIGDOWN WITH THE VJU!!!!!
soooo much more fun than anything else you’d be doing letsbehonest.

*Jessica Williams did not actually say this, but something like it possibly.

Thursday, March 5th 9pm-12am at The Bayit

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Tu B’shvat Seder

The Vassar Jewish Union will be hosting a Tu B’shvat Seder to celebrate the Birthday of the Trees this Friday, February 20th at 5pm in the Bayit.

Come join us for a joyous, introspective, spiritual evening with mystical teachings, music, Israeli dancing and discussions about the environment.

A delicious home-cooked Shabbat dinner will be served at 6pm.

***Note special time for this service is different from the regular 6:15pm service time***

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Resetting the Table

Wednesday, February 11th, 6:00 pm in Rocky 203. Please join the Vassar Jewish Union as we engage in respectful dialogue through Resetting the Table. Resetting the Table works with organizations and networks across New York City to create inclusive, empowering forums for young adult Jews to talk, study, deliberate, and form their own relationship to Israel through discussions with trained facilitators. Resetting the Table’s aim is to transform dominant norms of communication on Israel among New York Jews in their 20s and 30s from avoidance, intimidation, and antagonism toward exploration, empowerment, and collaborative deliberation. Resetting the Table believes that American Jews desire and deserve a communal environment in which they can speak thoughtfully with their peers about their relationship to Israel, a topic central to American Jewish identity, without fear. The VJU will be tabling in the College Center the week leading up to the event, where you’ll be able to sign up – look out for more details in the coming weeks.

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Special JYA Shabbat!

Friday, January 31 at the Bayit

 It’s JYA Shabbat! Just come back from abroad and want to share your experiences? Want to welcome back returning juniors and hear about their experiences abroad? Services as always will start at 6:00 pm, with a delicious home-cooked dinner to follow at 7:15. This week we’ll be having hot borscht, green beans, and cauliflower for dinner and fig and cherry pudding for dessert.

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