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The Asbell Center

Over 100 students attended this wonderful welcoming Bagel Brunch held on Sunday, August 30, 2009, on the lawn of the Asbell Center for Jewish Life. 




Students learn how to cook kosher cuisine. Each year, a student-run cooking club prepares a kosher meal that all students are invited to enjoy.



                                                             Students prepare kosher cuisine.


The kosher cooking class (pictured above) was held in the kitchen of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life. Located on the campus of Dickinson College, the Center brings together students, faculty and community members to celebrate the Jewish culture and faith.





from left, bottom row: Bonnie Cramer, Union College; Deb Geiger, Director of the Soref Initative, Hillel International; Patti

Sheinman, Wellesley College; Ted Merwin, Dickinson College

from left, top row: Marc Bragin, Kenyon College; Bruce Bromberg Seltzer, Smith/Amherst Colleges; Wayne Firestone,

President, Hillel International; Nancy Luberoff, Elon College


"Let's Talk" Monthly Discussion at the Asbell Center

(Religion & Sex)






September 17, 2009

Israeli Playwright, Doran Ben-Atar, talks about his new play, Peace Warriors,

with Hillel and Judaic Studies students

from left:  Jake, Doron Ben-Atar, and Eli Brill from left:  Cecily Abraham, Fausia, and Doron Ben-Atar



NOVEMBER 12, 2009



Phyllis Chapell, guatar and Ken Ulansey, horn

Phyllis Chapell performs a unique mix of originals, folk, jazz and international music, including songs in up to 12 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has performed in concert throughout the East Coast, the Midwest, in Brazil, Latin America, Mexico, and in Europe--and has released many CDs as a solo and with her world jazz ensemble SIORA.

Phyllis Chapell has been included in the book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide" written by Scott Yanow (writer for Down Beat, Jazz Times and AllMusicGuide), published in 2009 by Hal Leonard.

Ken Ulansey is considered one of the most joyous, virtuosic of horn players anywhere, with the ability to play in a multitude of styles, including classical, jazz, latin, folk, and popular music. A Pennsylvania Council for the Arts winner and Pew Grant finalist, he plays alto and soprano sax and penniwhistle.

Besides leading his own wedding band that specializes in swing, Klezmer, Motown, Latin, funk, zydeco and oldies, Ken has toured extensively in Europe and the States, played on nearly two hundred recordings, and worked in collaboration with singer songwriters, musicians of all ilk, dancers, film-makers, poets and story-tellers.



Dr. Hasia Diner

November 11, 2009

Denny 317

"American Jewish History"


Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with joint appointment in the department of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She is also director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. She has built her scholarly career around the study of American Jewish history, American immigration and ethnic history, and the history of American women. She has written about the ways in which American Jews in the early twentieth century reacted to the issue of race and the suffering of African Americans, and the process by which American Jews came to invest deep meaning in New York’s Lower East Side. Her most recent book addresses post-World War II American Jews, in the period up to 1962, and their intense engagement with the Holocaust. She has also written about other immigrant groups and the contours of their migration and settlement, including a study of Irish immigrant women and of Irish, Italian, and east European Jewish foodways.



Friday, October 2nd

from 6:15 - 8:00 pm

Sukkot services with the Beth Tikvah Congregation and Hillel will be held on October 2nd, starting at 6:30, in the Asbell Center, followed by a Pot Luck Dinner.  All are welcome!!



Tuesday, October 6th

from 5 to 8 p.m.

(Rain date: October 13)

The Dickinson College Hillel will travel to the College Farm to thrash seeds in the Sukkah, go on a hay ride, eat food prepared with products from the farm, and end the evening with a bonfire. They will learn about the connection between agriculture, sustainability, and Judaism. Please email hillel@dickinson.edu to sign up!!


The Hiddur Mitzvah Project from the Gary Rosenthal Collection

Special Guest Appearance by Gary Rosenthal

at Beth El Temple, Harrisburg

September 13, 2009


From left to right:  Florencia Cabral, Jen Anolik, Julieta Rabinovich, Ethan Grosso, Nina Geller, and Moriah Zuckerman



Sukkot at the College Farm





MILTON B. ASBELL CENTER – KOSHER BUILDING:  You may bring in anything that is vegetarian or dairy.  There is no meat or shellfish allowed in the Center.