URI Hillel to hold multiple events as part of ‘J-Time #GetYourJewOn!’

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Comedian Joel Chasnoff to appear at URI April 23. Photo courtesy of Joel Chasnoff.

KINGSTON, R.I. — April 16, 2018 — The University of Rhode Island Hillel is hosting “J-Time, #GetYourJewOn!”, a commemoration and celebration of Jewish life through April 23. All events are free and open to the public.

The series began with the annual planting of the “Field of Flags” on URI’s Hammerschlag Mall. Colored flags, numbering 2,400 and each one representing 5,000 victims of the Holocaust, will be on display between the Multicultural Student Services Center and the Library through Wednesday, April 18. The flags provide a backdrop to Hillel’s Holocaust Memorial Vigil, a moving ceremony of poetry, reading and songs that will be held Tuesday, April 17, at 12:15 p.m. in front of the Multicultural Student Services Center, 74 Lower College Road. Following the vigil, members of the AEPi Fraternity will lead a walk in silence.

Other events are:

  • Film screenings: “The Last Palmachnik” and “Ida.” In honor of Israel Memorial Day, “The Last Palmachnik” tells the story of Omri Tal, a fallen Israeli soldier. It will be shown Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Hillel, 6 Fraternity Circle. Rhode Island’s Israeli Emissary, Tslil Reichman, a friend of Tal’s, will lead a discussion following the screening. The Academy Award winning film, “Ida,” tells the story of a soon-to-be nun in post World War II Poland who discovers her Jewish ancestry. It will be shown in 100 Ranger Hall, Room 100, Ranger Road, Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. After the screening of “Ida,” students who were in Professor Rob Cohen’s Film 351 class last spring will present their own creation of the film’s trailer and will discuss what went into their production.
  • Israel Independence Day: Thursday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. A celebration with music, games, prizes and food outside the Memorial Union, 50 Lower College Road, to mark Israel’s 70th birthday.
  • Shabbat (Sabbath) Service: Friday, April 20, 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:15 P.M., at Hillel. The service will be student-led and will honor graduating seniors. RSVP on Hillel’s website, urihillel.org.
  • Photographer Alexandra Broches to speak Monday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Hillel, about her photographs on display at Hillel. Her pictures tell the story of her family’s life in the Netherlands at the onset of the Nazi invasion in World War II.
  • “J-Time” closes with comedian Joel Chasnoff Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Hillel. His one-man show, “Israel – What’s the Story?,” is part stand-up, part interactive-theatre, and is guaranteed to make the audience laugh and learn.

Chasnoff first appeared at URI Hillel at the dedication weekend of the Norman M. Fain Hillel Center in 2010 and is returning to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday. Raised in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Chasnoff enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces after graduation. That experience provided a wealth of comedic material for his memoir, “The 188th Crybaby Regime.” He now performs and teaches improv, entertaining audiences all over the world. Chasnoff has performed at more than 1,000 Jewish events in North America and Europe and has appeared on Israeli late-night TV. Copies of Chasnoff’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

Chasnoff’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies with support from a Hillel International Minienu Grant, the Israel Campus Coalition and the Israel Campus Roundtable.

Hillel, the Jewish Student Center at URI,  is located at 6 Fraternity Circle in Kingston. For more information regarding “J-Time”, contact Yaniv Havusha at 401-874-2740 or at yaniv_havusha@uri.edu .