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February 10, 2011 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-02-10

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Preparing students for
`global century'

Michigan State University is among 32 colleges and

universities across the country selected to take part

in a national project designed to better prepare

students for a "global century."

Annual festival celebrates Israeli films

This year, the annual Israeli

Jellyfish codirector and best-selling Israeli writer

Film Festival at Michigan

Etgar Keret will speak at a free public event at the

State University will

Hannah Community Center in East Lansing at 7 p.m.

feature films that

March 31. Jellyfish won the Camera d'Or prize for

celebrate personal

best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

journeys, including the

Keret is best known for his short-story collections. 0 4,

Nearly 150 schools applied to participate in General

award-winning Jellyfish,

Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and

which explores the

faculty development project that is part of the

intersecting lives of three

Association of American Colleges and Universities'

very different women in

Israeli Film Festival

147 Communication Arts and Sciences

Etgar Keret

Shared Futures initiative.

Tel Aviv.

The project's goal is to frame general education

Now in its sixth year, the festival, which is hosted by

courses and programs in ways that address the

the MSU Jewish Studies Program, screens

knowledge and skills needed by a 21st-century

contemporary films that capture Israeli culture.

college graduate. Much of the focus at MSU is on

how to shape general education requirements so

they align better with the university's global mission.

"The Israeli film and TV industry has really been

blossoming," says Ellen Rothfeld, who teaches

modern Hebrew language courses at MSU and

"We've been working with various units on campus

coordinates the festival. "We selected quality films

to embed global knowledge and skills across the

that show what Israel is contributing to the world."

student learning experience," says Doug Estry, MSU

associate provost for undergraduate education and

dean of undergraduate studies.

"This grant provides a small amount of resources to

assist in this process," he says. "More important, it

brings together a diverse set of institutions to share

ideas and build on each other's strengths."

To learn more, visit aacu.org/SharedFutures/

global_century.

Sponsored by a number of MSU colleges and

organizations, including MSU Hillel, the film festival

is free and open to the public.

"People will learn something about the place where

Building, MSU

Missing Father-2-4:15 p.m., March 20
After the death of his father, a son
struggles to overcome anger toward him.

Hummus for Two-4:30-5:15 p.m.,
March 20
This documentary explores the two parts
of Israel—the Arab East and the Israeli
West—in search of the perfect hummus.

A Matter of Size-6:30-8:30 p.m.,
March 20
Four overweight friends from Israel
discover the Japanese sport of Sumo,
which honors people for their size.

gives the wider community a sense of Jewish life."

Jellyfish 7 9 p.m., March 21
The lives of three very different women in
Tel Aviv intersect in this tale of magical
realism.

The 2010 festival takes place March 20 and 21 in

Parking is available in the adjacent ramp.

more than half the world's Jews live," says Ken Waltzer,

director of MSU's Jewish Studies Program. "It also

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MSU's Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

Jews in Greek Life student group benefits members, greater community

The Jews in Greek Life (JIGL) student organization at

Michigan State University brings Jewish students

"It's special that we're bringing the Jewish community

who are members of Greek-letter organizations on

and extended networks together through Greek

the MSU campus together to participate in social,

houses," says Andy Lederman, a senior from West

cultural, and charitable activities.

Bloomfield, Michigan, who is a member of Alpha Tau

Omega fraternity and JIGL copresident.

The organization holds a seat on the Jewish Student

Union, which works closely with MSU Hillel, and Hillel

Large social events hosted by JIGL—including

provides JIGL with financial and staff support as well

Sparty's Hanukkah and Bar Mitzvah parties—also

as student leadership development.

"JIGL is important to the Greek community and MSU

community because it provides another outlet for

Greek students to give back," says Robyn Berkowitz,

JIGL adviser and director of engagement at MSU

have a "charitable twist," says Lederman. At its most

Andy Lederman and Zack Friedman, seniors from West Bloomfield,
Michigan, prepare food at a charity event hosted by Jews in Greek
Life.

"Jews in Greek Life has grown to be one of our most

Hillel. "Whether it's through programming or charity,

successful Jewish student organizations," says MSU

Jews in Greek Life provides another opportunity for

Hillel Executive Director Cindy Hughey. "It provides

students to develop as leaders, improve their local

Michigan State's campus with essential programs that

community, and create lasting relationships with

showcase Jewish culture as well as the Jewish

other students involved in Greek life."

tradition of tikkun olam."

recent Hanukkah party, the organization sold

lollipops, with the proceeds going to adopt a family

for Hanukkah through Jewish Family Services.

"I think the most significant thing about JIGL is

engaging with the Greek community as a whole and

teaching members who may not know much about

the Jewish religion," says Lauren Kerwin, a junior

from West Bloomfield, Michigan, who is a member of

Alpha Phi sorority and JIGL copresident. "Through our

About 30 students regularly plan events for the

Many of the organization's programs benefit charity,

events and fundraisers, we interact with the Greek

dues-free organization, which meets monthly and

says Berkowitz, and each semester it hosts up to

community and Michigan State community, sharing

reaches hundreds of students each year, teaching

three fundraisers, such as the Club Rush, for which

our culture and history."

them about Jewish holidays and customs and what

the $5 cover last year benefited the Shaare Zedek

MSU Hillel is all about.

Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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