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With Valentine’s Day coming up on Friday, many of the students involved with Long Beach Hillel, who attend California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) were curious to discuss Jewish traditions on romance, relationships, etc. So, last night, Beach Hillel held … Continue reading
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In just 29 days, the tenth annual Jewlicious Festival will be taking place once again in Southern California. The only weekend event in Southern California for young Jewish adults, college-aged through mid-30s will be taking place in Long Beach on … Continue reading
Rabbi Drew with the confirmation class of Temple Israel
For the fifth spring in a row, Southern California Jewish Student Services‘ Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke the other day with the confirmation class at Temple Israel of Long Beach about college life.
Discussing such matters as difference in academic life between high school and university as well as lifestyle, Rabbi Drew also discussed Jewish opportunities on campuses, such as Hillel, Chabad, and more.
Rabbi Drew speaking at CSUF yesterday
Yesterday, SoCalJSS‘s Rabbi Drew Kaplan spoke at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) on the practices and history of the holiday of Hanukah. Collaborating with the Hillel Foundation of Orange County, who supplied yummy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and other snacks, the event was a great midday diversion for the students.
“It was nice getting a historical perspective of a very popular holiday. And not just the older stories, but also where the origin of modern practices,” said CSUF student, JoAnna Hubbard. “I didn’t know that the dreidel game’s letters were Yiddish acronyms. I also didn’t know that there was a conversation about how to light candles for Hanukah.”
“It was nice to have a rabbi come and educate us about Hanukah,” said CSUF student Arthur Detalia. “It was nice learning about Hanukah, both culturally and how we perform candle-lighting, as well as the histories behind them.”
“Rabbi Drew led an amazing program with our Hillel students!” exclaimed Bradley Erbesfield, assistant director of Orange County Hillel. “His conversation with students was very engaging and interesting. We had an amazing time learning about Hanukkah, while also having fun at the same time.”
Yesterday, Rabbi Drew led a discussion at California State University, Long Beach, on the topic of dreams. Collaborating with Long Beach Hillel, the event was a “Torah on Tap” discussion, wherein Beach Hillel covered the first round of drinks, while Rabbi Drew dropped some knowledge.
Towards the end of the previous discussion with Beach Hillel, some of the students were curious to discuss dreams, thus it became the topic for last night’s discussion. Rabbi Drew shared texts both from next week’s Torah portion, involving Joseph and dreams, as well as rabbinic texts from the Talmud as a basis for the discussion.
Yesterday, Rabbi Drew led a discussion on graveyards on-campus at California State University, Long Beach with Beach Hillel. The discussion topic was very timely, due to the October “spooky” season. As a “Torah on Tap” discussion, attendees were treated to a drink on Beach Hillel, while Rabbi Drew discussed various sayings and stories about graveyards from the Talmud
Last night, SoCalJSS‘s Rabbi Drew Kaplan led a discussion with Hillel students on relationships in Oceanside. Collaborating with Northern County San Diego Hillel, the discussion was part of their “Hot Topics” series. Held at a Starbuck’s, the Hillel covered students’ beverages, while Rabbi Drew discussed the creation of Man as well as various rabbinic wisdom from the Talmud.
For this semester, Rabbi Drew Kaplan of Southern California Jewish Student Services (SoCalJSS) will be available on a weekly basis for office hours at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Through a partnership with Long Beach Hillel, Rabbi Drew will be available for students to drop-in on
Tuesdays Wednesdays (as of September 12th) this fall semester, 1:30-3:30 at the CSULB University Interfaith Center (Brotman Hall, room 178). An opportunity for students to ask questions or to talk with Rabbi Drew, SoCalJSS and Beach Hillel are happy to be able to offer rabbinic services to students.
Three new pages are up today on the website, detailing activities with which SoCalJSS has been involved:
Greek Life provides a look into activities with which Rabbi Drew has been involved with local Greek fraternities.
High School Activities shows Rabbi Drew’s activities with high schoolers
Working with Local Hillels has separate pages for Inland Empire Hillel, Long Beach Hillel (under construction), Orange County (also under construction), and San Diego, North County Hillel.