Things you should know about Shabbat at the University of Hartford:
Chabad has no dress code
You do not need to observe Shabbat to attend dinner or services
You can bring a friend, or two or three or four or more
You do not NEED to RSVP, but we really, really appreciate it when you do
You can arrive and leave whenever you want
Although the Kulek family lives at Chabad, it is also your home, you are family!
We never charge students for Shabbat dinner at Chabad
On that note, yes, you or your family can be an awesome Shabbat dinner sponsor
The food is always homemade by Dalia
There are many themed Shabbat dinners
We often host guest speakers and faculty for dinner
We never serve dining hall food
You do not need to attend services (at 6:30pm) to attend dinner (7:15pm)
The times of services changes once when we set the clock to daylight savings
We have transliterated prayer books
The service is lively and has some easy explanations
You will feel like family because you are!
What does it cost?
Just bring yourself and lots of friends!
Come enjoy dinner and stay for a few minutes, or stay for a few hours.
Or become a student leader and be more active.
Your level of involvement is up to you!
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Chabad Student Board Statement
Chabad Chevra is a student organization that aims to create a home and community for students at University of Hartford, while simultaneously connecting ourselves and others to Jewish lifestyles and experiences. It is an organization that aims to bring out the kind, strong, and fun-loving parts of all of us, and to unite us as one active unit. We believe in the importance of Jewish values, Jewish culture, Jewish intellectualism, and Jewish faith. We strive to create a nurturing stronghold, on and off campus, for which all of these may thrive. We see the teaching and the learning of Jewish ideas as a significant contribution to our lives and to the Jewish people as a whole. We have pride in ourselves and our Jewish affiliation; and we want to see to it that other students have the opportunity to develop their own prideful relationship to Judaism as well as share in ours. Chabad Chevra is driven to solidify a positive Jewish identity in the individual and in the community.
To accomplish this in the most fun and worthwhile way, we strive to uphold a positive environment for ourselves and for others. Comfort-ability is our priority. Our goals to maintain a comfortable environment include honesty, diplomacy, and compassion. We understand the necessity for respect and are not afraid to help others act more respectfully when needed. We recognize the value of friendship and spirit of generosity. We know the work and effort involved, and we take pride and responsibility in our programming and in doing so make it effectively actualized. Ultimately, we know that pouring ourselves into what we do will not only make our own experiences more meaningful, but also lead to a better overall experience for everyone.
Everyone within the organization, is here because they want to be, and hopefully because they truly care for its success. If anyone ever has any questions, doubts, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to make your voice heard. We have a competent board, executive board, Rabbi, and Rebbetzin that all work for the good of the organization, and will be eager to listen. As a member, don’t forget to make yourself available to help others with their questions, concerns, and ideas. As Hillel says in Pirkei Avos (Ethics of our Fathers) "A person who is [too] shy [to ask questions] will never learn, and a teacher who is too strict cannot teach..." (2:5).
Time to work hard, have fun, and make this semester even better than the last! L’chaim!
Student Board Responsibilities
Here's your chance to make a difference in Jewish Life at UHart.
Add your ideas, opinions and creativity to make Jewish Life all it can be.
Please read the guidelines to become part of our board.
We are really looking forward to a great year with part of our family!
All board members are required to:
Act as the face of Chabad on campus.
Take the HIGH ROAD.
Be welcoming and create a welcoming non-judgmental environment for all students regardless of background.
Brainstorm and contribute to new ideas/events for the UHart.
Be aware of and spread the word about upcoming events.
Understand that we are part of a team and realize that teamwork and involvement is ESSENTIAL.
Make a serious time commitment to attend bi-monthly meetings - time and place to be determined at the beginning of each semester.
Be responsible for checking mail and social media to keep abreast of what is going on at Chabad.
Run all ideas by Rabbi and Dalia before taking any action.
and HAVE FUN!
Board members go on special trips and outings once a semester.
PresidentThe President has a key role on our board. The President presides over all meetings to ensure that all agenda items are covered and, with the Secretary, maintain the continuity of discussions. The President must be accommodating and in the event of confusion must be able to direct board members in the right and effective direction. The President while sitting at the top of the student hierarchy must take into account the opinions of all board members and maintain an open mind. The President must also make it their responsibility to maintain the unity of the board, along with the help of the Vice president, ensure deadlines are met and programs are planned effectively. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Preside over all meetings Oversee general management Vote only in the event of a tie Official representative when necessary Delegate duties as necessary Set agenda for weekly meetings Responsible for setting and preparing monthly event calendar The President chairs the Full Board and resides on the Management Committee; the President also resides on the Executive Board. The President reports to the Executive Directors. Executive Board consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Former President. Management Committee consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Treasurer, Secretary.
Vice PresidentThe Vice President plays a key role on our board. It is the Vice President’s duty to stay informed of the obligations of the President, in order to maintain continuity of governance in the President’s absences. The Vice President is the coordinator of all subcommittees and maintains active communication between all members. The Vice President helps the President to ensure deadlines are met and programs run effectively. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assume all duties of President in President’s absence or disability Aide the President in their duties Present at all meetings Help facilitate subcommittees Assist President in overseeing general management The Vice President sits on the Full Board, the Management Committee and the Executive Board, and reports to the President. Executive Board consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Former President. Management Committee consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Treasurer, Secretary.
TreasurerThe Treasurer is a crucial component to our board. This particular position works very closely with the Executive Director and President. The Treasurers main tasks include keeping track of spending and account balances, along with filing proper paperwork with the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association. The Treasurer is responsible for making sure Chabad Chevra maintains our proper fund-raising quotas. While most positions on board are focused with outreach and event planning, the Treasurer is tasked with making sure our organization complies with University requirements and demands. The Treasurer must be proficient in both arithmetic and English. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Custodian of all funds and keep track of funds in SGA account Sign all Purchase Orders and disburse funds in accordance with procedures established by the SGA Finance Vice President Coordinate and oversee fundraising Help coordinate, prepare, and present budget requests Member Budget Proposal subcommittee The Treasurer sits on the Full Board, the Management Committee, and the Budget subcommittee, and reports to the President. Management Committee consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Treasurer, Secretary. Budget Subcommittee consists of: President/Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.
SecretaryThe Secretary has an essential role on our board. It is imperative that the Secretary maintain records of Board meets as well as events. It is their responsibility to submit all required information to the Student Government Association. It is therefore imperative the Secretary attend all meetings, in their absence they must find a replacement to take minutes. It is asked of the secretary to aid other board members in both the preparation and execution of events. The Secretary also shares the role of “historian” with our Publicity Vice President. The historian job is to photograph events and save a copy of event flyers or something specific from an event. In order to easily archive this information for use in reports and future promotional material. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Keep complete and accurate records of all meetings and submit minutes to the Executive Vice President of SGA Submit monthly report of activities to the Executive Vice President of SGA Conduct correspondence at the President’s request The Secretary sits on the Full Board, the Management Committee, and the Budget subcommittee, and reports to the President. Management Committee consists of: Executive Directors, President, Vice President, Member at Large, Treasurer, Secretary. Budget Subcommittee consists of: President/Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary.
Publicity Vice PresidentThe Publicity Vice President is responsible for Chabad Chevra’s public image and publications. Using our resources, we hope to reach as many Jewish students at the University as possibly. Our general role as a Jewish organization on campus is to enrich the lives of all Jews at our school; whether they attend our programs or not we want them to have a Jewish connection. The Publicity Vice President works with the Membership Vice President on recruiting more students to join our community. The Publicity VP also works with the Social and Ritual VPs to coordinate publicizing of holidays and events. The Publicity Vice President also shares the role of “historian” with our Secretary. The historian job is to photograph events and save a copy of event flyers or something specific from an event. In order to easily archive this information for use in reports and future promotional material. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinate and send out online announcements Coordinate and oversee on campus paper & digital flyers Oversee publicizing of events Member Recruiting subcommittee The Publicity Vice President sits on the Full Board and the Recruiting subcommittee, and reports to the Vice President. Recruiting Subcommittee consists of: Membership Vice President & Publicity Vice President.
Membership Vice PresidentThe Membership Vice President is responsible for outreach and maintaining an accurate record of community members. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Keep accurate account of club members / accurate attendance of each function Coordinate and oversee recruitment of new members Member Recruiting subcommittee The Membership Vice President sits on the Full Board and the Recruiting subcommittee, and reports to the Vice President. Recruiting Subcommittee consists of: Membership Vice President & Publicity Vice President.
Ritual Vice PresidentThe Ritual Vice President is duly responsible for both creations of Jewish/religious events, and making sure all of our events contain ‘Jewish content.’ This position is also geared toward our recruitment initiative, as such the RVP work to make our Jewish activities fun and welcoming. Working with the Social Vice President on the Holiday subcommittee allows for a greater number of event possibilities. The Ritual Vice President also works with our Executive Directors on providing ‘Jewish content.’ Standing events, such as Shabbat, need coordination and its regulatory allows for practice of oversight skills. We try to make each Shabbat unique and should we never think that it is something that happens without us. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinate, organize, and oversee all religious activities Member Holiday subcommittee The Ritual Vice President sits on the Full Board and the Holiday subcommittee, and reports to the Vice President. Holiday subcommittee consists of: Ritual Vice President & Social Vice President.
Social Vice PresidentThe Social Vice President is a key role in our recruitment activities. Using their connections to different student groups and individuals, they are able to attract a wider audience to our events. The SVP is also tasked with the creation of non-holiday or Shabbat related events. Bringing their ideas to the Full Board meeting allows for discussion and creation of events. The Social Vice President will help generate a wider acceptance and appreciation for Jewish life on campus. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Create activities for members and nonmembers on and off campus Member Holiday subcommittee Work with board to establish weekly outreach goals.Including, contacting one new person a week The Social Vice President sits on the Full Board and the Holiday subcommittee, and reports to the Vice President. Holiday Subcommittee consists of: Ritual Vice President & Social Vice President.
Chesed Vice PresidentThe Chessed Vice President plays the role of connecting our Chevra to the greater community. They create and coordinate our community service programs. They are also one of crucial to our public outreach, attending meetings and events from other organizations to represent Chabad Chevra. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Create, coordinate, and oversee Chesed programming to help people in need “Table-ing” in Gengras Student Union The Chesed Vice President sits on the Full Board, and reports to the Vice President.
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