Social Justice

Social justice is one of the cornerstones of Texas Hillel programming. On January 29, members of the Social Justice Council will hold a planning retreat. The head of the five Social Justice Committees, including the Social Justice Education Committee, Addressing Poverty Committee, Gender Justice and Social Issues Committee, Racial Justice Committee, and Interfaith Committee, led the retreat. Students aimed to coordinate plans for the semester, outline ongoing volunteer opportunities and discuss collaboration best practices.

Every spring semester, students look forward to the solemn 10,000 Roses event, which is hosted by The White Rose Society, a genocide prevention and Holocaust remembrance organization. During this one-day event, volunteers distribute 10,000 roses across campus to represent the number of Jews murdered in one day during the Holocaust.  This moving reminder of the Holocaust opens dialogues on campus and brings our community closer together.

The year’s Texas Hillel JDC Alternative Spring Break Trip will be in Argentina. For one week, ten Texas Hillel Students and 10 other students from all over the country will learn about the Argentinian Jewish community, build relationship and participate in service projects. The trip will be led by Texas Hillel Israel fellow, Shachar Levi.

Another anticipated event this semester is the Creativity for Peace Panel, which is co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies & the University Interfaith Council, of which Texas Hillel is a member. Creativity for Peace trains young Israeli and Palestinian women to work together as leaders by transforming anger and prejudice to mutual respect and inspiring action to promote equality and peace. The organization uses dialogue and art to introduce the story of the other side and develop the compassion and healing necessary for reconciliation. The panel will include four program participants who will share their experiences, a moderated discussion and Q&A.