As Greek Life is a big component of life at Dartmouth College and of numerous members of Dartmouth Hillel, we stress and encourage an intercommunity relationship with the Greek houses around campus. Thus, several times a year, we organize a Greek Shabbat, where we either invite several houses to join us for services and dinner at the Roth Center or we hold the Kiddush, ha’motzi, and Shabbat dinner at a Fraternity or Sorority house.
David’s House is a home away from home for the families of children who are being treated at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The House relies on volunteers to help the families settle in, participate in events, and cook dinner. Dartmouth Hillel is proud to say that we have volunteered at David’s House and will continue to do so. The personal touch and moments of relief that both members of Dartmouth Hillel and other volunteers at David’s House can bring to the families of suffering children is unique and special.
Relay for Life
Grab a group of Hillelians, raise some money, and come run/walk all night to support cancer research, stand strong with cancer survivors, and remember the victims of cancer.
A good discussion can go a long way. We at Dartmouth Hillel fully support and promote discussions on topics of various natures. Topics of past discussions included the following: Israel, intermarriage, and the role of religion in academia and the role of academia in religion, among others. Students organize and facilitate these panel discussions. Panelists range from students to faculty to staff. We often co-sponsor with other campus organizations, including the Tucker Foundation and the Dickey Center for International Understanding.
Every year for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dartmouth Hillel holds a name reading and memorial service for those who perished. We join in with the rest of the world in the “Unto Every Person There is a Name” ceremony. Yad Vashem decides on a theme every year (2009 – Children in the Holocaust; 2010 – The Voice of the Survivors) and distributes lists of names of Holocaust victims. Starting in 2009, a poster has been created with the names and photographs (if available) of Dartmouth students’ family members who perished. And every year, students, faculty, staff, and community members vow – “Never again, Never Forget.”
Approximately 10% of Dartmouth’s student body is Jewish. Every year, Dartmouth Hillel teams up with Chabad at Dartmouth College for a Shabbat Dinner where we attempt to get all of the Jewish students on campus to attend. Chani Gray, the wife of Chabad’s Rabbi Gray, cooks all of the delicious food with the help of students from both organizations. The event is annually held during the Spring term in Alumni Hall. A Jewish member of the Dartmouth staff or faculty gives a speech regarding Judaism today, especially at Dartmouth. It is a fun event for all and everybody is welcome!