Tzedek, Social Justice
Are Alive At Eastern
Special to the Jewish News
ewish students from Hillel at
Eastern Michigan University
have been actively involved in
community service efforts this year. The
students have chosen to prioritize tzedek,
which means social justice, bringing
Jewish values alive.
A group of 14 EMU Hillel students will
be travelling to the Gulf Coast region in late
February to participate in Alternative Spring
Break. While in Mississippi and Louisiana,
students will assist with clean up and
rebuilding efforts from Hurricanes Katrina
and Ike, and explore how Jewish values help
combat poverty and build community.
The participants commit to raising
funds to cover the trip costs, planning and
executing a campus-wide social justice
initiative when they return, as well as
seeking out opportunities to help their
Eastern's Jewish students participate in
multiple social justice/community service
projects led by EMU Hillel tzedek intern
Stacie Rosemun throughout the year. In
the fall, a dozen students picked apples at
Wasem's Fruit Farm and donated them to
Food Gatherers, the primary distributor of
food to the needy in Washtenaw County.
About two dozen students assembled
no-sew fleece blankets and pumpkin pie
"kits" which were distributed via Jewish
Family Services of Washtenaw County to
area families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
About 100 students celebrating an
early Chanukah prepared dozens of greet-
ing cards which were included in the
Chanukah care packages distributed by
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw
County with the help of local volunteers.
Many of the Jewish students that
Stacie Roseman, the Green College Life Fund Tzedek intern at EMU, is a sophomore
from Lyndhurst, Ohio.
participate in these projects are from
Metropolitan Detroit and 80 percent of
EMU graduates remain in Michigan.
Clara Silver, EMU Hillel executive director, can
be reached at (734) 482-0456 or
Feb. 8, Sunday, 8 p.m. With Hillel Metro
Detroit. Detroit Pistons vs. Phoenix
Suns at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Feb. 18, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Alternative
Spring Break: Night Out at the JCC of
Greater Washtenaw, free.
Feb. 10, Tuesday, 8 p.m. Battle of the
Bands semi-finals at Student Center
Feb. 19, Thursday. Taglit-Birthright
Israel: Hillel trip in May, registration
opens 10 a.m. at Pray Harrold and
noon at Student Center.
Feb. 13, Friday, 5 p.m. Coffee and
Chill with Hillel at Student Center
Feb. 22-March 1 Alternative Spring
Break: trip to the Gulf Coast.
Feb. 13 and 15, Friday and Sunday.
Holy Trinity visits Hillel for Love
Shabbat; Hillel visits Holy Trinity for
For more information on these events,
contact Ricky Kamil, (734) 482-0456
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February 5 • 2009