JHP@Temple students help make dessert for Shabbat for 100
This past Friday, Temple JHP threw a campus wide recruitment event entitled, Shabbat for 100. The idea behind the event was to gather 100 students and have them celebrate a Shabbat dinner together. In advance of Shabbat for 100, JHP@Temple interns students gathered to prep for Shabbat and bake brownies. At Shabbat for 100, over 100 Jewish students on Temple University’s campus came together for dinner at the AEPi house on campus. The students that attended the event had a great time and were excited to get involved in JHP.
“Shabbat 100 this past weekend was a huge success. It brought so many Jewish students together for a wonderful time with great food and fun. It was a great turn out and I have never witnessed such an exciting and fun Shabbat at Temple University.” -Brooke Waisbord, JHP@Temple Intern
JHP@Penn and YPN Fellows
Support Friendship Circle Walk
A team of YPN fellows and students from the University of Pennsylvania showed up in full force for the Philadelphia Friendship Circle walk at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The Friendship Circle provides organized physical and social structures to support inclusive friendships, connections, respite, and fulfillment for youth with special needs, young adult volunteers, their respective families and the Jewish community at large. Through fun and interactive experiences, these relationships bring a sense of joy and meaning to the Friendship Circle community and beyond.
Andrea Highbloom, the Penn Campus Program Manager at JHP, had this to say about the event: “Attending the Friendship Circle Walk was a great opportunity for Penn JHP student interns to get involved in a cause that is important to the JHP community. It was a beautiful day and the student interns enjoyed spending time with JHP YPN participants while supporting a fantastic organization.”
TORAH THOUGHT OF THE DAY
Origin: When the Jewish people first entered and settled the land of Israel, one of the many gifts they were commanded to give to the Kohanim, the priestly tribe who served in the Holy Temple as one of its important rituals, was “challah” — a portion of dough separated from their kneading bowl every time they baked bread.
Deeper Meaning: The mitzvah of “Separating Challah” embodies a profound spiritual truth. Challah is “G-d’s portion in our bread”, in our life. It expresses the belief that all of our sustenance truly comes to us through G-d’s hand. Just as the torah instructs one not use the bread dough unless challah has been separated, so too, a portion of our livelihood is always reserved for the giving of charity.
The Lesson: The Torah refers to challah as the reishit–the first and the best–of the kneading bowl. So, too, our spiritual pursuits may occupy only a small portion, quantity-wise, of our lives, but they are “the first and the best” in us, to which we devote the first moments of our day, the freshest of our energies, the keenest of our talents. This focus impacts and elevates the rest of our daily lives.