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Welcome Back Events in Full Swing at Bloom Hillel!

10606177_10152340722435765_3337883211357842213_nOn Wednesday, August 20th, returning students welcomed the class of 2018 with a pizza party at Bloom Hillel.  We had a wonderful time eating pizza, salad, and fruit and schmoozing with old and new friends.  The fun doesn’t stop here!  Sunday, August 24th is our big Kick Off Event with the Welcome Back Band and BBQ Party!  We look forward to chicken BBQ, live music, kona ice, and a visit from the kona ice penguin!  Stay tuned and visit our FaceBook page for more picture of the events!

Welcome to the first installment of Kelsey’s Korner!

Welcome to the first installment of Kelsey’s Korner! (by Kelsey Kunstadt)

Student Board 2014_2015

Pictured above is Hillel’s previous student board and new board members for 2014-2015.

Last month, Bama Hillel wrapped up our fabulous year with a Fiesta Shabbat Dinner. This dinner was a huge success with over 90 attendees and the election of the new Hillel student board for 2014-2015. Hillel has really seen a growth in numbers this year, exemplified by the amount of people who ran during the elections. This year’s votes were tallied electronically. For the first time ever, students were able to text message their votes to an online website.

Other end-of-the-year highlights included our JJI (Just Jew It) event where special guests, Bobbie and Don Siegal, came to speak following a documentary on the integration of  The University of Alabama campus. The annual Passover Seder was another great success. Special thanks to Lisa Besnoy for all of her hard work and the Hillel interns for making this event possible.

“I’m so excited about this new year! The new board is already underway creating new events for the upcoming school calendar, and it looks like it is going to be an incredible year,” said newly elected President Risa Hayet. “I couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic board, and I’m really looking forward to leading this new board and Hillel.”

Results of the election include: President: Risa Hayet, Executive Vice-President: Matthew Filderman, Secretary: Elie Allen, Treasure: Joe Bloomston, Membership Vice- President: Kerri Fogel, Programming Vice-President: Stephanie Arkin, and Public Relations Vice-President: Kelsey Kunstadt. Stay tuned for more news on Hillel’s Happenings and have a wonderful and safe summer!

Kelsey Kunstadt

VP of Public Relations

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Student Board!!!

Student Board 2014_2015Bloom Hillel is pleased to introduce the 2014-2015 Student Board!

From left to right:  Elie Allen, Secretary (Dallas, TX); Joe Bloomston, Treasurer (Birmingham, AL); Kerri Fogel, Membership VP (Atlanta, GA); Risa Hayet, President (Atlanta, GA); Kelsey Kunstadt, VP of Public Relations (Mobile, AL); Stephanie Arkin, Programming VP (Atlanta, GA); and Matthew Filderman, Executive Vice President (Memphis, TN).


Student Board elections were held the week prior to final exams and the 2014-2015 Student Board is off to a fast start, planning fall events, membership activities, areas for Jewish learning, and social service activities.  We look forward to an amazing year!



  • Events on September 5, 2014
    Shabbat Dinner (Home Cooked)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: September 5, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Description: Join Hillel for Shabbat Dinner!
  • Events on September 7, 2014
    Lox and Bagel Brunch at Hillel!
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: September 7, 2014 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Hillel!
  • Events on September 8, 2014
    Just Jew 'iT
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 8, 2014 - 8:00 pm
  • Events on September 9, 2014
    Winter Birthright Registration!
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: September 9, 2014 - 10:00 am
    Description: Registration for the Winter 2014-15 Taglit-Birthright Israel season opens on Tuesday, 9/9 at 10 AM ET! Early registration for past applicants opens Monday, 9/8 at 12 PM ET.
  • Events on September 12, 2014
    Shabbat Dinner (it's a Luau!)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: September 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Description: Join Hillel for Shabbat Dinner!