News from Aggieland

News from Aggieland
Texas A&M Hillel announces scholarship winners
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Each year, Texas A&M Hillel awards two scholarships to its students. Rabbi Tarlow announces each scholarship at the end of each fall semester as close to Chanukah as possible.
One is the Brian Goldberg scholarship, named after a student who died during his sophomore year at Texas A&M. His parents set up the scholarship to go to a sophomore (either by hours or by semesters) who reminds Rabbi Peter Tarlow of Brian. Any sophomore can simply tell Rabbi Tarlow that he or she would like to be considered.
The other is the Jack Forman scholarship, which can be awarded to a student of any classification from freshman to graduate student. It can also be divided among several students. The exact amount of each scholarship depends on how much income these funds generated in the previous fiscal year. It is also judged on a one-page essay, “What Hillel means to me,” but the writing is assessed differently depending on the applicant’s classification (harder for seniors, grad students, etc.).
This year’s winners for the Brian Goldberg scholarship were Mindy Prengler and David Rahmani. Mindy is a psychology major from Dallas and the social chair for the Hillel student board. David is a physics major from Plano, the recorder for Sigma Alpha Mu, the local Jewish fraternity, and a member of the Hillel student board.
The Jack Forman scholarship went to Asif Avshalumov and Jacque Siegel. Asif is a senior finance major from Plano. Jacque is a freshman education major from El Paso and the person who organized the Hillel Chanukah events. Both are members of the Hillel student board.
Chabad at Texas A&M makes kosher a reality
In order to increase the availability of kosher food in the region, Rabbi Yossi Lazaroff, co-director of the Chabad Jewish Center at Texas A&M, has been working closely with the university in establishing a kosher dining program that adheres to the highest level of quality and kashrut. Recently, the local Albertson’s on University Drive has been bringing in fresh kosher chicken and meat at the request of Rabbi Lazaroff. “I am excited about being able to bring a greater selection of kosher products into our store!” exclaimed Bonita Hebb, Albertson’s store director.
Kosher food accessibility has been a determining factor on whether or not some people decide to attend Texas A&M. It is Chabad’s goal to make kosher products more available; whether at the university or in the local grocery. “This is really great news,” said Ruth Clearfield, president of Congregation Beth Shalom. “Rabbi Yossi is doing a fantastic job in promoting Jewish life on campus and we are very appreciative.”
“We hope that with the kosher meals that our Chabad Center provides, as well as our concerted effort in bringing kosher dining to A&M and more kosher food to local groceries, Texas A&M will be a school of choice for many that would love to gain from the exceptional education at the university without compromising their religious values,” Rabbi Lazaroff said.
For more information about Kosher in College Station, visit or contact Rabbi Yossi or Manya Lazaroff at 979-220-5020.
In Brief
Young Judaea Year Course expands at tremendous rate
Year Course, Young Judaea’s gap-year program for post high-school graduates in Israel, is experiencing a joyful explosion of programming and registration numbers. According to the latest figures, registration for the 2008-9 array of Year Course programs is nine times greater than at this time last year.
This 800 percent upsurge in enrollees – from 25 last year at this time to 225 now – is the result of a number of factors, not least of which are additional programs with particular appeal to 18- and 19-year-olds interested in spending a year in Israel.
Specialized tracks were developed several years ago and this year include two tracks for religiously observant Jews, five international tracks and five special-interest tracks all in Israel: Performing or Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, Medicine, Design and Athletics.
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