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Hillels of Memphis: The Beginning of a New Era

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By Rabbi Jeremy Simons

It’s hard to believe it’s already been four months since I began as Director of Hillels of Memphis. I am so grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from students, parents, lay leaders, and countless members of the community who have reached out to me.

This semester marks the beginning of a new era for Hillel as we began our chapter at Rhodes College. To mark this event, we’ve created a new logo and will soon be launching a new websit

e. We’ve also had a number of successful programs: everything from Shabbat dinners to a concert with Eleanor Tallie to a rigorous taste test to determine the best apple and honey varieties on offer by Kroger (results were inconclusive).


In the coming weeks we’ll be hosting Sunday bagel brunches, hitting the lanes at Cordova Bowling Center, noshing hummus at Israel Trivia Night, and celebrating Shabbat dinners together.

Please mark your calendar for two big events: On Monday, January 22 we will formally inaugurate the Rhodes Hillel chapter with a ceremony featuring Rhodes College President Dr. Marjorie Hass and Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut. More information on this event will be coming soon. And, back by popular demand, our annual Yiddishe Cup will take place on Sunday, April 22.

If you want to find out more about what we’re up to or would like to get involved, feel free to email me at or call me at 901-452-2453.

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