NEWSLETTER NO. 5 -  February 22, 2021

Chaplains Office Announcement

This Week...
The Jewish holiday Purim is here! Hillel's is hosting a special Purim Shabbat this Friday. Everyone is welcome, Happy Purim!

Rabbi Danny is hosting this weeks Chaplains office hour. If you have questions about Purim, Judaism, or just want to meet Rabbi Danny, drop in on Thursday!

Join us as we celebrate the Lenten Season with short weekly zoom sessions every Wednesday through Easter. The discussions are led by Chaplain Father Joe Fenton.

Weekly Halaqahs are back with fun activities and fantastic guest speakers. Check out the list of February Halaqahs themed Claremont Muslim Life Celebrates Black History Month. 

The religious student organizations have exciting events this week as well! Learn to make delicious boba drinks at 5CIV Christian Fellowships Milk Tea & Nutella Cookies event this Friday. Join Claremont Christian Fellowship for Friday Fellowship service on Facebook live. CCF provides this service every Friday night of the semester! Also First, Love's large group service is this Saturday night!

Continue down the newsletter for event details and links!

What is Purim?
The Jewish holiday of Purim begins ... and ends Tuesday, ... at sundown. It is celebrated the following day if you find yourself in the city of Shushan (modern day Shush, Iran) or a city that was walled during the time of Joshua (Jerusalem, Acre, Jaffa, and Tiberius). 

Purim is a festive holiday that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire from an evil plot to annihilate the Jews. We celebrate by reading the story in the book of Esther, having a festive meal, sending one another gift baskets that include triangle shaped cookies (called hamentachen or oznei-haman), and giving charity. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday Feb. 24
Lent Reflection
11:00-11:30AM PT

Wednesday Feb. 24
GMMA General Meeting with Speaker Palliative Physician Dr. Christine Jun, MD

7:00PM PT
Thursday Feb. 25
Hanging with the 

2:00-3:00PM PT

Thursday Feb. 25
6:00-7:00PM PT

Friday Feb. 26
Purim Shabbat
5:30 PM–6:30 PM PT

Friday Feb. 26
Claremont Christian Fellowship Friday Fellowship
6:00 PM–7:00 PM PT

Friday Feb. 26
5CIV Christian Fellowship - Milk Tea & Nutella Cookies
6:00 PM–7:00 PM PT

Saturday Feb. 27
First, Love Large Group
6:30PM PT

What is Ash Wednesday & Lent?
Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and reflecting on our life as followers of Jesus Christ.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
Farwell Rabbi Danny
We are writing to share the bittersweet news that this semester will be Rabbi Danny’s last as the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at the Claremont Colleges. Rabbi Danny and his husband, Rabbi Max Chaiken, have decided to move to Andover, MA where Max has accepted a position as the Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Andover. Danny is not sure about his professional future, but he hopes to continue
working with college students. Though we are sad to see Rabbi Danny go, we wish him and Max the best in their new endeavors!

The colleges are committed to filling the position, and have already begun the search process to find the next Jewish Chaplain. Your voices will be essential during the process. Please stay tuned to learn about the ways to get involved and share your input with the search committee. Rabbi Danny will continue through the end of May, so please continue to reach out and join our Jewish and interfaith programs. At a future date, we will share plans to celebrate and say goodbye to Rabbi Danny.
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Upcoming Events & Services

Rabbi Danny is Hosting Office Hours!
Thursday February 25, 2-3PM PT
This week Chaplain Rabbi Danny is hosting the Chaplains office hour. If you have questions about Purim, Judaism or just want to meet Rabbi Danny, drop in on Thursday!
Lent on Zoom
Wednesday Feb. 24, 11:00-11:30AM PST
Celebrate Lent at The Claremont Colleges with Chaplain Father Joe Fenton. Join our Zoom each Wednesday of Lent for a reading and reflection. We hope to see you there!

Zoom Link Here
Claremont Colleges Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA)
General Meeting with Speaker Palliative Physician Dr. Christine Jun, MD

Wednesday February 24, 7:00PM PT
The Claremont Colleges Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) is having a general meeting this upcoming Wednesday at 7PM PST! Dr. Christine Jun, MD, a palliative physician at City of Hope, is coming to speak and share her experiences in the medical and missions field, so please come join us! This club is open to all students, whether you are a pre-health student or just someone who wants to learn more about medical missions. While we incorporate prayer and praise into each meeting as a Christian organization, members are not required to be Christian and are simply asked to be open to these practices. You can email here to be added to our email roster and receive updates about volunteering opportunities!

Zoom Link Here
The State of the Ummah
Shaykh Gyasi McKenzie
Thursday Feb. 25 at 6PM PST

Join Halaqah this week with guest speaker Shaykh Gyasi Mckenzie. Shaykh is an Islamic Scholar and Associate Manager at Helping Hand. Join in to hear Shaykh speak on The State of the Ummah.

Request Zoom Link Here
Hillel PurimShabbat
Friday February 26, 5:30-6:30PM PT
To celebrate Purim we are going to be changing things up for Shabbat this week. Fewer prayers and more fun, like our pre-pandemic Shabbat dinners! We will say a few short prayers to welcome Shabbat and then we will have a social hour. We’ll have breakout rooms with different games, activities, and hangouts. Come in a costume if you’d like. Don’t forget your hamentachen and noise-maker from the Purim Box!

More Info Here
Hillel Passover Box
Sign up by March 12th to receive your Passover Box!
If you received a Hanukkah box, your Passover Box will automatically be sent. Email Rabbi Danny or fill out the form again if your address has changed. Reserve your box today!

Sign-Up Here
5CIV Christian Fellowship - Milk Tea & Nutella Cookies
Friday February 26, 6:00PM PST 
Join Bobarista Andrew and Patisserier Isabelle and learn how to make Milk Tea and Nutella Cookies and be the lucky winner of 1 of 4 raffle prizes. Ingredients needed include: English Breakfast Black tea w no spice, Oolong tea or Tazo black tea, Milk, Sweetener (honey, syrup), Ice, 1 cup All-purpose Flour, 1 cup Nutella, 1 Large Egg (or egg substitute). Will be reimbursed for supplies if needed.

Zoom Link Here
Claremont Christian Fellowship Friday Fellowship
Friday February 26, 6:00-7:00PM PT
Friday Fellowship is Claremont Christian Fellowship's weekly livestream of reflection, teaching, and worship.

Fellowship Info Here
First, Love Large Group
Saturday February 27, 6:30PM PT
Come join members of first, love during our monthly large group! Scheduled the last Saturday of each month, there will be a brief message accompanied by praise and activities to fellowship with the larger first, love community.

Learn More Here
Zoom Link Here

Chaplains Office Programs

Claremont Muslim Life Celebrates Black History Month
February Halaqahs - Thursdays 6:00-7:00PM PT

Dr. Nisa Muhammad Feb. 18
Associate Dean of Religious Life, Howard University
Topic: How Black Muslims Have Impacted History

Shaykh Gyasi Mckenzie Feb. 25
Islamic Scholar and Associate Manager at Helping Hand
Topic: The State of the Ummah

Learn More Here
Request Links Here
Hanging with the Chaplains – Final Office Hours of the Fall Semester 
Thursdays 2PM-3PM PT
Join us for our Office Hours! A Chaplain will be available to chat, answer questions, and support you. There are no time requirements, stop in for a few minutes or the full hour. See you there! 
The Chaplains will alternate hosting the zoom room. The host will be announced each week in our newsletter and social media platforms. 
Zoom Link Here
Student talking to counselor.
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. The Chaplains are happy to meet and support you. Our services are safe spaces regardless of faith or level of faith knowledge, we do not recruit or pressure. Click the image above to schedule a meeting today!

Religious/Spiritual Student Organizations

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Meet awesome student organizations!
Each week we highlight two religious student organizations. Joining a group or attending their events is a great way to connect with fellow students and find a supportive community on campus. 
Learn more and get in contact with these groups here!


At Chabad of the Claremont Colleges, students from all backgrounds and affiliations join to celebrate, ask questions and have fun together. Each student is valued wherever they are in their Jewish journey and is welcomed with the warmth of family.

Global Medical Missions Alliance

Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) is a Christian organization that strives to mobilize aspiring health care professionals who are interested in medical missions and connect these students to health care professionals and mentors. The club organizes COVID-19 fundraisers, vitals workshops, and meetings featuring various healthcare professionals. While prayer and praise are incorporated into each meeting, members are not required to be Christian and are simply asked to be open to these practices.

Religious/ Spiritual Student Organizations
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There are more amazing student groups at the Claremont Colleges! Each week we will highlight a handful of student organizations!

Can't wait?
Please see the full 5C list of student organizations here.
5C Mindfulness
5CIV Christian Fellowship
Black Campus Ministries
Claremont Christian Fellowship
Claremont Colleges Buddhism
Claremont Challah
The Claremont Ekklesia
Catholic Student Organization
Christian House of Prayer
First, love
Global Medical Missions Alliance
Hindu Society
Latter-Day Saints Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Scripps Challah for a Cause
Scripps Kehillah
Secular Student Alliance
SGI Buddhists
Sikh Student Association
Trinitea & Coffee
Zen Meditation
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