Newsletter Spring 2018 (1)

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JEWISHPANTHERS

Spring 2018

Appreciation Report

ב"ה

HOW YOU MAKE

US PROUD JEWS

IMPACTFUL HIGHLIGHTS

FROM THIS PAST SEMESTER


Y O U H E L P M A K E

A D I F F E R E N C E

MY TALE

Josh Berger '18

Before attending Chabad my

Junior year at Chapman

University, Judaism and I were

in a weird place with one

another; if we were on

Facebook, our relationship

status would read ‘it’s

complicated’

Despite the fact that I had attended the JCC for

preschool and a private Jewish day school up until

5th grade, I had never considered myself to be truly,

authentically, and wholly Jewish.

"Immediately, I was made to feel at home.

As we said the Kiddush together, broke

Challah with one another..."

Immediately, I was made to feel at home. As we

said the Kiddush together, broke Challah with one

another, discussed the week’s Torah portion, and

recited prayers in harmony, I could feel a change

from within me. The community Rabbi Eliezer

helped establish and develop at Chapman Chabad

was one of inclusivity. I was not made to feel

marginalized or thought of by others as “less than”

because of the extent of my practice of faith.

Aside from the prayer, the meals, and the holidays

spent with Chabad, what sticks with me most now

as an alumnus were all the conversations I had that

emerged spontaneously between the scheduled

programming.

THE LIVES YOU'VE TOUCHED

Sure, I could recite the Hamotzi and wine blessings

by heart, and, yes, I did have a Bar Mitzvah and held

distinctly Jewish values concerning family,

education, and morality, but wasn’t being Jewish

about being more than that?

Before Chabad, I would tell others that I was merely

reform, or that I was only culturally Jewish; I felt

Jewish. Rabbi Eliezer and Chabad at Chapman

fundamentally changed my own perception of my

relationship with Judaism by teaching me that those

stipulations that I imposed on myself and my

identity-- “merely” and “only” -- did not exist.

From the moment I stepped into Rabbi Eliezer’s

home, I was greeted with smiles from himself, his

wife, Mushky, and his two children, Yasef and Mirel.

I have made many friends at Chabad that I not only

kept in touch with throughout the rest of my time at

Chapman, but also continue to keep in touch with

today. I have even brought friends to Chabad, from

Chapman and from afar, in an effort to share with

them an important piece of myself and my heritage.

Chabad teaches others about Jewish history,

philosophy, morality, and culture in a way that

doesn’t seek to evangelize, but rather to merely

enlighten.

Rabbi Eliezer and Chapman Chabad catalyzed my

growth as a person by making me more educated

about and proud of my Jewish faith. I look forward

to seeing how Chapman Chabad continues to

expand serve more people, and to hearing the many

other success stories that come from other people

like me in the near future. L'chaim!


Y O U R I M P A C T

T H I S S E M E S T E R

Torah Classes

Meals Socials

ChaBBQ Lunch &

Learn Shabbat

Dinner Sinai

Scholars BLT

Kosher Cooking

Kabbalah Wing

Night Menorah

Lighting on

Campus Care

Packages

YOUR GIFT BRINGS

HOT MATZAH BALL

SOUPS AND CARE

PACKAGES TO AGGIES

WHEN THEY NEED IT

MOST

You provided over 850 Shabbat Dinners

for Jewish Panthers this semester alone!

Special thanks to a multi-generational family of givers who provide for our Jewish Panthers.

Thank you to the community partnership in Chabad's

leadership program initiative, which is supported by an

Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services

Sara Clemons -Grandparent

Lonnie & Blair Dworkin -Parents

Alexis Dworkin '18 -Former Student

MEZUZAH

CHALLAH BAKE

STUDENT BOARD

SHALACH MANOT

KOSHER COOKING

S T U D E N T S N A P S H O T S

MEGA SHABBAT

PURIM PARTY

Your Nachas Continues


W H Y S T U D E N T S

N E E D Y O U N O W

I'M A FORMER STUDENT AND I GIVE

REGULARLY TO CHABAD...

Chabad at Chapman truly is a home away from home. When

I came to Chapman, going to weekly Shabbat dinners what

not something I did. Yes, I would go to the occasional one

here and there but it was not a routine or something I had

looked forward to each week. Now I am proud to say that

because of Chabad I looked forward to every Shabbat

dinner each week.

YOU made sure hundreds of students

celebrated Purim!

YOU made sure students were full at

the Passover Seder!

When I met Rabbi Eliezer and he invited me to attend his

first Shabbat, I figured why not go, free food right? But it

was way more than that. Once I stepped foot in the Chabad

house I felt a sense of community. I felt home, although my

parents were a long 6 hour drive away. My college

experience would not have been the same without Chabad.

It brought me closer to my Jewish roots and I couldn’t be

more grateful for my time with Chabad and Rabbi Eliezer.

That’s why I find it so important to contribute post-grad.

This organization is something special and incoming

students each year should be provided the same

opportunity. I really think it is so important for future

students to learn and grow through Chabad and if I am able

to help make an impact on this organization that gave me

so much, I will proudly do so.

-Matt Aroesty

YOU provided meaningful opportunities

for students to connect to their

Judaism!

YOU gave students the opportunity to

study in any of five classes offered

weekly!

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CAN YOU HELP JEWISH PANTHERS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER?

YES! I want to bring more light to Jewish Panthers in 2018! I'll make

sure they have a welcoming Jewish home.

I will Sponsor a Table $180

I will Co-Sponsor a Shabbat $500

I will Sponsor the ENTIRE Shabbat $1,000

$ ______________ Other

(Any amount is appreciated.)

We anticipate a busy semester ahead.

MORE STUDENTS are getting involved!

YOU keep the doors open, the kitchen

stocked and the home away from home

strong, vibrant and ready.

WE appreciate your continued support,

Rabbi Eliezer and Mushky Gurary & Family

Chabad at Chapman University | Jewish Student Center | 657.333.0989

638 E Collins Ave | Orange, CA | 92867

JewishPanthers.com

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