Celebrating Jewish Life at Denison

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Friday, April 5, 2013
12:15 pm Cupcakes, Candles, and Community: Celebrating Jewish Life on Campus!
The first DU Jewish student organization was founded forty years ago this year. A weekend of Denison celebrations will be launched on Friday with an informal "40th birthday party" open to the entire campus community. Current members of Hillel (our Jewish student group), faculty, Religious and Spiritual Life staff, and Jewish alumni will be among the attendees. Drop by for a few minutes, grab a cupcake, and help us celebrate this milestone! Everyone is welcome, regardless of religious background.
Location: Second Floor, Slayter Student Union
6 pm  Shabbat Service
Meet current Hillel students
Review of Denison Jewish life
Connecting with friends
Location: All American Room, Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
Location: All American Room, Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center

Saturday, April 6, 2013
10 am Dedication of Denison's new Torah
Celebrate with congregants from beth Tikvah
who are giving Denison a Torah on permanent loan.
Location: The Open House
Noon Lunch
Location: All American Room, Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
2 pm  Colloquium: Current Trends and Scholarship in Jewish Studies
Location: Room 256, Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
6 pm Celebration Dinner with President Knobel
Location: All American Room, Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center

Sunday, April 7, 2013
9 am
5Knobel benefiting the Allison Knobel Sitton Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Janet Gregory Benefit Fund. Click here for more information.
10 am Casual breakfast
Enjoy a final gathering with old and new friends before heading home.
Location: Shepherdson College Room, 4th Floor, Slayter Student Union
Vail Series presents soprano, Jessye Norman, and pianist, Mark Markham. Click here for more information.
A list of area accommodations can be found on DenisonEverywhere.com
$125--all meals and events. Housing not included. 
A la carte options available by calling Alumni Relations at 877.336.8648, option 4, or visiting DenisonEverywhere.com.
This fund was established to enhance Jewish life on campus. Gifts will support construction of an ark for the Torah as well as student programming. Any gift amount ($50, $750, $5000) will make a difference to the campus community. Your support is tax deductible and is in addition to your normal Annual Fund Gift.

Records are incomplete on our Jewish alumni. Please help spread the word and invite your Denison friends to join the celebration!

The Hill is home to a growing set of groups that emphasize these skills week in and week out: dialogue groups. These organizations-- currently numbering five-- are committed to helping Denisonians develop the skills required to communicate effectively, listen with empathy, and better understand the issues that impact our campus. In recognition of the Jewish community's milestone, several dialogue groups will intentionally focus on issues of inclusion and religious/spiritual life during the month April.

One example of this is Sustained Dialogue, a student-run organization that forms groups of ten students that meet weekly throughout the semester to engage issues of importance. Sustained Dialogue will provide prompts to its student facilitators related to issues of religious and spiritual life. Some selected prompts that the 50 members of Sustained Dialogue will consider this month:

Have you had conversations about religion/spirituality on campus-- with roommates, friends, professors and staff, etc? What were these conversaitons like? What conversations, if any, do you wish you were having?

One central idea of Judaism is expressed in the phrase "tikkun olam." In English, this roughly translates to a commitment to "healing the world." In what ways-- if any-- do you see religious and spiritual groups as contributing to the "healing" and growth of our community? How do you see this, or not, in your own life?

What resources have you used on campus (or in central Ohio)-- if any-- that have supported your personal interaction with religion and spirituality? Is anything missing? Why is this-- and how could we address this gap?

Sustained Dialogue is joined by the Amava Dialogues (which focuses on masculinity on campus), Sister-Leaders in Dialogue (a group for African American women), and Denison Religious Understanding (a weekly discussion group at the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life) as they consider how themes of inclusion, religion, and spirituality intersect with their own unique focuses.

In total, several hundred students, faculty, and staff will participate in these conversations-- a wonderful tribute to the history of Jewish life at DU.

For more information about dialogue at Denison, contact Mark Anthony Arceno (arcenom@denison.edu).


Office of Alumni Relations
(P) 877.336.8648 option 4

Office of Alumni Relations
Denison University, 100 West College St., Granville, Ohio 43023
877-336-8648, option 4