What we do
Hillel-Shalom is a very active organization on campus. In addition to offering a wide range of special programs to Shalom members and the broader Whitman community, we schedule regular programs including:
- Weekly celebrations of Shabbat at "Fridays at Five." Shalom members gather to light the Sabbath candles, snack on challah and traditional sweet wine, and schmooze with friends.
- Monthly gatherings at Temple Beth Israel. The local synagogue offers monthly services which are typically preceded by a potluck dinner or bagel brunch, depending whether the service is Friday night or Saturday morning.
- Social events. These events are a chance for students to gather just for fun. A social event might be a movie night, a pizza party, a night at the bowling alley in Walla Walla... We always welcome new event ideas!
- Holiday celebrations. Congregation Beth Israel hosts services for the High Holidays in Fall, as well as for Sukkot, Chanukkah, and Pesach. We also celebrate as a community by building an on-campus sukkah for Sukkot and preparing a full seder for Passover.
- Retreat to the college cabin. This event is a favorite among Hillel-Shalom members. As a group, Shalom visits Whitman's retreat center, where members can relax with fellow students. Depending on student preferences, these retreats might include educational programming or Jewish heritage and identity discussions.
In addition to these regular programs, Shalom is proud to present special events and occasional guest speakers. Recent events include:
- Musical groups including The Mazeltones, The Kosher Red Hots, and The Abbas and Imas
- Performer and producer Ben Sidran, formerly of the Steve Miller Band - BenSidran.com
- Notable Holocaust speakers such as Klaus Stern and Alicia Appleman-Jurman
- Prize-winning author and Holocaust educator Yaffa Eliach (who designed an exhibit featured at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.)
- Alice Kern, the "Living Anne Frank"