This Way To Eden

reaching out to USC's Incredible Jewish students
Happy Chanukah!!!

Happy Chanukah!!!

While hanging out with friends on campus yesterday afternoon, we noticed a handful of students at Tommy Trojan opening up large Palestinian flags, blood-splattered posters, and images of dead babies to go along with provocative taglines. Just opposite them, a few students had congregated with a cardboard box filled with flags and signs of their own. As it turned out, the wonderful student organization SCSI (Southern California Students for Israel) had anticipated the Anti-Israel protest and were countering it with an impressive protest of their own! Within minutes our afternoon plans were cancelled in favor of holding up banners, American and Israeli flags, united happily with the Jewish USC students. There were at least double the number of students on the Pro-Israel side and we stood silently watching as the Pro-Palestinian students chanted and marched. Despite the Jewish students’ differences (personality, culture, religious affiliation), a profound feeling of connection was shared during those hours of protest where we all stood together with a common purpose and pride. The experience was something we’re grateful for and will take to our Thanksgiving table. For those who couldn’t make it yesterday, you were with us in spirit and we look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving break. Fight on!

Update: We will be posting more now that the High Holidays and Sukkos Festival is behind us (unfortunately!). But looking forward to great times with you!!! Including but not limited to:

* Shabbat dinner this week!!! BE THERE!

* Maimonides this Monday night 8pm at Campus Center. LAST CHANCE TO JOIN THE PROGRAM THAT EARNS YOU $300 FOR SHOWING UP. Details and to formally sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFZrYnlMOFhRNlFWbXhZeWFQQ0djWFE6MQ#gid=0

* Parents’ Weekend Shabbat next week….join us!!! Email rabbidanieleden@gmail.com to reserve!

* Challah Baking & Dinner! Wednesday night, Oct 24! Great food, amazing people, FUN!

THIS MONDAY NIGHT!!! MAIMONIDES BEGINS….Please join us AT JAM USC 1239 W 30th Street Apt 5 Promptly 8pm for eating, orientation and to hear David Sacks speak about “You Are Here: A Jewish View of Life and Mindfulness”.
RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/352934088125468/
David Sacks, writer/producer for hit shows The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Malcolm in the Middle, The Tick and Murphy Brown. 

THIS MONDAY NIGHT!!! MAIMONIDES BEGINS….Please join us AT JAM USC 1239 W 30th Street Apt 5 Promptly 8pm for eating, orientation and to hear David Sacks speak about “You Are Here: A Jewish View of Life and Mindfulness”.

RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/352934088125468/

David Sacks, writer/producer for hit shows The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Malcolm in the Middle, The Tick and Murphy Brown. 

Had a great morning at the Spielberg Brunch! Great things in the future: Rosh Hashana, Birthright, and Maimonides!!! Look out for all the great offerings at JAM USC!!!!!!!!!!

Had a great morning at the Spielberg Brunch! Great things in the future: Rosh Hashana, Birthright, and Maimonides!!! Look out for all the great offerings at JAM USC!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for coming out today everybody!!! Looking forward to next Sunday for our signature event: Spielberg Brunch!!!!

Thanks for coming out today everybody!!! Looking forward to next Sunday for our signature event: Spielberg Brunch!!!!

Rosh Hashana is coming!!!!

Welcome back USC!