Birthright Connections

January 2013

uGeW Initiative

This newsletter was brought to you by the uGeW Initiative. The uGeW Initiative seeks to create meaningful, dynamic opportunities for students to engage in BIG questions of campus life. uGeW seeks to provide the tools to GW students who seek to cultivate their own sense of Jewish identity - on their own terms and in a way that will reverberate for many years to come.

Israel News

Israeli Police clear West Bank camp.

Hundreds of Israeli Police swarmed a makeshift Palestinian protest camp, taking activists into custody for questioning. They were later released. The reason for the clearing was that Israel had intended to build settlements in the area. This is problematic, however, because many leaders saw this would slice the West Bank in two, separating it from the potential Palestinian capital of East Jerusalem. Want to read more?

Opinion Question: To what extent do you think Hagel will support Israel, if at all?

Chuck Hagel nominated as Secretary of Defense

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Israeli Rabbi currently in Nebraska believes Hagel will be a friend to Israel because overall, when he had to make tough choices, he continuously did what he could for Israel. Want to read more?

However, many Americans and world critics think that he is no friend to Israel because he is weak on Iran. According to NBC, however, there have been no protests among Israelis. Public opinion from Israeli seems to be minimal and mixed. Want to read more?

GW Involvement

Hebrew School Dropouts

Educational opportunity put on by Yoni and Adena! Thought provoking questions and discussions each week with dinner served. For more info click here

Tea Time with Study Abroad-ers

When: Jan 23 @ 4:00

Where: Hillel 2300 H St NW

Catch up with your formerly abroad friends and learn about new ways to get involved on campus!

Candles and Cocktails

When: Jan 25 @ 6:30

Where: JBKO 615

Come join uGeW interns Hali Simons and Kiana Davis for shabbat dinner and good company!

DC Happenings

The Idan Raichel Project

When:Jan 15

Where: The Howard Theatre 620 T St NW

Idan Raichel, the creator and leader of the Project, began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations, multiple ethnicities and singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The resulting albums shattered sales records in Israel, and sold over half a million records.

Community Education Day on Israeli Arab Issues

When: Jan 27 1:00-5:00

Where: American University Ward Circle Building

The Third Annual Community Education Day will explore the social, educational and economic issues facing Arab citizens of Israel and highlight efforts by the Israeli government and the NGO community to address those issues. Featured speakers include Aiman Seif, Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Israel; Sigal Shelach, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Forsan Husein, CEO, Jerusalem International YMCA; Shuruk Ismail, Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Foundation); and Prof. Elie Rekhess, Northwestern University.

Birthright Recruiting Happy Hour

When: Jan 28 6:30-9:00

Where: Drafting Table 1529 14th St NW

Come promote Birthright to potential attendees!

One-Day Federal Job Search Boot Camp

When: Jan 9 8:30-3:30

Where:JSSA Rockville Office, 200 Wood Hill Rd Rockville MD

Join this one-day hands-on program and conquer the Federal hiring process. Write your Federal resume from a former GS-15 HR Manager, Office of Personnel Management, gain start to finish “insider tips”on Federal job searches and master navigation of Facilitator: Corliss Jackson, Certified Federal Career Counselor. Pre-registration required.

All Month Long

Theater J-Apples from the Desert-Washington DCJCC