DEGEL at UMass Amherst

DEGEL at UMass Amherst Degel is the Orthodox group at UMass Amherst. We are an organization within UMass Amherst Hillel. We have an amazing OU-JLIC couple, weekly and holiday davening, learning, Kosher Dining, and so much more!
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Operating as usual

T'was a blast
10/14/2020

T'was a blast

Thank you to all those who came out for our Sharon Shocial Distance pizza in the hut!
Thank you to Shira Almekies and the Almekies family for hosting us!
#pizza #sukkot #pizzainthehut #socialdistance #safesix

JLIC at Umass Amherst
02/27/2020

JLIC at Umass Amherst

Thursday Night Niggun Special Tonight! Time and Location Change: 6:30-7:30PM at The Leichthouse! It's ADAR, PURIM is coming!!

12/04/2019

Wanna win a $100 gift gift card? Well here is your chance! The OU-JLIC is giving out $100 amazon gift cards to five lucky winners of the raffle! You can enter to win by filling out a short survey about Raffi and Ariella (UMass' OU-JLIC couple) that helps them gain a better understanding of what they are doing right and things that they can change for the future. We are encouraging as many students as possible to complete the survey -- whether you regularly participate in any of our programs or only participate intermittently or not at all -- we want to hear from you! They are completely anonymous and can only help us grow!

attached is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OUJLIC20

Thank you to alum Ellie Gerber for designing our new logo! We think it perfectly encapsulates Degel's mission to serve a...
11/19/2019

Thank you to alum Ellie Gerber for designing our new logo! We think it perfectly encapsulates Degel's mission to serve as the Orthodox presence on UMass's Flagship campus.

DEGEL at UMass Amherst
11/19/2019

DEGEL at UMass Amherst

DEGEL at UMass Amherst
11/19/2019

DEGEL at UMass Amherst

11/10/2019

Rami's dinner this Thursday! Here from Aly about Nefesh B'Nefesh

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09/18/2019

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Don't forget to sign up for services if you are planning to attend them on campus this year!!! (Also if you are on the f...
09/17/2019

Don't forget to sign up for services if you are planning to attend them on campus this year!!! (Also if you are on the fence about it or have questions please message us)

In Amherst for Rosh HaShana or Yom Kippur? Come through! We'd love to celebrate together!

Register for Orthodox services and/or UMass Hillel meals here: http://www.umasshillel.org/high-holidays.html

09/11/2019

Hello friends,
Those of you currently on campus have probably heard rumors of a name change for KHH--its true. We, the current co-prez’s, (Chava and Shira) feel that while the name KHH has served our community well for many years now, we want to continue expanding the message of our community. Therefore we are excited to announce that we are growing into our new identity as Degel, because we are the “Flagship Orthodox Community of UMass”-- the premier campus for observant life across the UMass system. Our core purpose remains the same: to serve the observant students of UMass. As Degel, we showcase our mission within the broader Jewish community as a campus with a vibrant Jewish life--where Jews from Massachusetts and beyond are proud to attend.
***closing line-- Something about flying the flag***

Excited for what is to come,
Chava and Shira

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09/11/2019

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09/11/2019

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DEGEL at UMass Amherst's cover photo
09/11/2019

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FreshFest 2019 registration is live!FreshFest is a pre-orientation program run through UMass Amherst Hillel that allows ...
05/08/2019

FreshFest 2019 registration is live!

FreshFest is a pre-orientation program run through UMass Amherst Hillel that allows new Jewish students a chance to move into their dorms early, get to know some fellow classmates, and explore the UMass campus as well as the Pioneer Valley.

Know any incoming freshman or transfer students?
Share this link!
http://www.umasshillel.org/freshfest-19.html

11/09/2018

HEYYY
it's gonna be an awesome shabbos!!

Friday Night
4:15 Mincha at Hillel
4:30 Kabbalat Shabbat and Davening (note the time change!), followed by Soup n Shmooze until Dinner at 7:15.
7:15: DInner.

Shabbat Day:
10:00 Shacharit
1:00 Lunch at Hillel
4:15 Seudat Shlish*t at Leichts
5:17 Havdallah Time

Good Shabbos!

09/12/2018
JLIC at Umass Amherst

JLIC at Umass Amherst

Today is the Fast of Gedalliah.
Today we commemorate the day when one Jew was sent to kill another Jew.

The telling of the story can be found in the book of Kings 2 chapter 25 verse 25-26 as well as in the book of Jerimiah Chapter 41.

The Fast ends today at 7:47 PM and
KDC WILL BE OPEN TODAY UNTIL 8:30 PM.

Easy Fasting to all.

Welcome back everyone! We're having lots of fun planning for the year, come see us at the BBQ Wednesday night!
09/03/2018

Welcome back everyone! We're having lots of fun planning for the year, come see us at the BBQ Wednesday night!

02/27/2018

Purim is coming everyone!!!
Schedule (slightly updated):
Wednesday Night:
6:20 Megillah Reading (there will be some food after to break fast on)
8:00 Seudah @ the Leichts

7:00 Shacharit @ Hillel
7:30 Megillah Reading @ Hillel
10-1 MISHLOACH MANOT/MATANOT LE'EVIONIM @CAMPUS CENTER come say hiiii to us!
5:00 Seudah @ Shmuel Nosson Kravitsky
8:00 Purim Party @ Hillel

We had a blast at the JLIC at Umass Amherst Chanukah party!
12/17/2017

We had a blast at the JLIC at Umass Amherst Chanukah party!

12/15/2017

Good Shabbos and Happy Chanukah!!
Menorah Lighting tonight BEFORE 4! We'll be lighting at Hillel and then playing dreidels and learning mishnayot.
6:00 Yedid Nefesh
7:15 Dinner

Shabbos Morning
10:00 Davening with Hallel!!!
1:00 Lunch @ LEICHTS
Seudat Shlish*t at Hillel
Shabbos Ends at 5:06

SATURDAY NIGHT PIZZA AND LATKE PARTY AT THE LEICHTS AT 630 WOOOOO
(we're going to be lighting menorah there!)

THANK you all for an incredible semester!

12/12/2017

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah!!!
There will be candle-lighting at Hillel every night from 4:20(ish)-6:30, along with learning and a special event happening most nights as well.

Tonight will be featuring an insane amount of donuts!! Stay tuned daily for whats happening the rest of the week...

Shalom students!!It's that time of year for the OU-JLIC SURVEY!!Please take a couple of minutes (it should only take 10-...
11/28/2017

Shalom students!!
It's that time of year for the OU-JLIC SURVEY!!

Please take a couple of minutes (it should only take 10-15min) to fill out this survey. The OU-JLIC survey allows for us to see what works and what doesn't with OU-JLIC programs here at UMass, and we would LOVE your feedback! (It's all anonymous).

Once completed, there is a chance to enter to win a $100 gift card so please take a couple of minute to tell us your thoughts!

Here is the link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OUJLIC2017-18

Great end to a great weekend! We finished off family weekend with a Sunday morning brunch and learning session. We had o...
11/12/2017

Great end to a great weekend!
We finished off family weekend with a Sunday morning brunch and learning session.

We had over 20 family members join us this shabbos! SO much fun to show our families our incredible community

11/10/2017

Hi Everyone!!

We are having 8 families coming for Shabbos this week in case you were wondering!! YAY Family weekend!!

4:13 Candelighting
4:15 Mincha
UNTIL 6: Preshabbos learning
6: Yedid Nefesh
7:15 Dinner
AFTER DINNER TWO ONEGS
1) Protect our Breasts- Breast cancer discussion
2) Parent's Oneg @ Kravitsky

10:00 Shacharit
11:30 Kiddush Sponsored by Schwartz family
1:00 Lunch
2:15 Mincha
4:15 Seudat Shlish*t @Leichts
5:16 Havdallah

SUNDAY
9:30 Shacharit at Hillel
10:30 Bagel Breakfast
11:00 Jewish learning day learning @Hillel

Thank you to Aron and Jacob and Ilan and one of our dads, Mike Shatz, for leyning.
Thank you to Jared, Ayelet P, Josh, Aron, Ruth for helping cook this week.
Thank you to Ilan, Heidi, Josh, and Austin for cleaning this week.

PEACE
GOOD SHABBOS
BE HAPPY

Fun learning tonight! Thanks to all for coming
11/10/2017

Fun learning tonight! Thanks to all for coming

Halacha v’Aggadah + Pizza!

Come stop by the Hillel Conference Room for some learning about Masechet Eruvin and some Kosher Pizza. Happening Now!

09/19/2017
JLIC at Umass Amherst

JLIC at Umass Amherst

Shana Tova to all, a Sweet and Happy New Year!

This year for Rosh Hashana, the Orthodox services will be at Chabad of UMass Amherst. Below you will see the schedule of events. All meals are still be offered at Hillel and we hope to see you there! If you have any questions please reach out to [email protected]

Rosh Hashana Schedule
Wednesday, Sep 20
7:30pm Evening Service at Umass Chabad
8:30pm Dinner at Hillel

Thursday, Sep 21
10:00am Morning Services at UMass Chabad
12:00pm (approx) Shofar
2:00pm Lunch at Hillel
5:30/6:30 Picnic at the Pond/Tashlich
7:30pm Evening Service at UMass Chabad
8:30pm Dinner at Hillel

Friday, Sep 22
10:00am Morning Service at UMass Chabad
12:00pm Lunch at Hillel

09/15/2017

Good Shabbos World!!

Tonight
6:40 Candle Lighting
6:00 Yedid Nefesh
6:15 Kabbalat Shabbat @ LEICHTS (We will be walking from Hillel after Yedid Nefesh)
7:15 Shabbat Dinner
8:30 Birthright Reunion Oneg, all welcome

Shabbos Day
10:00 Shacharit
1:00 Lunch @LEICHTS
6:00 Hitbodedut
6:45 Third Meal @LEICHTS
7:46 Earliest Havdala

Huuuuge thank you to Ariella for feeding all of us the entire shabbat.
Thank you to Ilan for leyning this week.
Thank you to Ruth Malkah and Josh for dominating the mashgiach world. (BTW If you are interested in becoming a mashgiach please talk to Rabbi Raffi)

Please let us know if you will be here for Yom Kippur, and if you want to take part in leading services.

Rosh Hashana davening will be at Chabad @UMass stay tuned for further details.

Welcome to all the prospectives and thank you to everyone who is hosting them!

Thanks for listening

Shabbat Shalom, Jews of Amherst

Come check us out at the Hillel BBQ until 7:30!
09/12/2017

Come check us out at the Hillel BBQ until 7:30!

09/08/2017

Good Shabbos everyone!!!
First Shabbos of the semester woooo

Schedule:
(Candlelighting 6:53)
6:00 Yedid Nefesh
6:15 Kabbalat Shabbat (Rec Room)
7:15 Kiddush then Dinner
8:30 Charlottesville Reflection Discussion (Front Lounge)

Shabbos Morning:
Say shma before you come in, because you gotta say it by 9:35.
10:00 Shacharit Starts
10:25 Baruchu (you need to be at davening by then).
10:50 Leyning
11:30 Mussaf
12:15 Kiddush/Parsha (BTW its Ki Tavo)
1:00 Lunch

Shabbos Afternoon:
6:00 Hisbodedus @ LEICHTS
6:45 Seudat Shlish*t @ LEICHTS
7:52 Earliest Havdala and Maariv

THANK YOU
to Josh Girard and Sara Demby for co-leading cooking, and their assistants: Sarice and Barry Greengus (!), Jacob Wyner, Ruth Malka Rhode, and Ayelet Ehrenkranz

to Aron Unger, Barry Greengus, and Jacob Wyner for leyning this week!!

PLEASE
Sign up for Cape Cod Shabbaton:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uKmVfdZkFMrJl9zEqzRP1S2dRvS8rcGhEoEnzsiCwvQ/prefill

SIgn up for September Minyans:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17T1OwjQmtUV190FO0DZzKjF9I2OTVTWiq_waArrlULg/prefill

SHABBAT SHALOM!

05/12/2017

Hope your finals went well! For those of you still here this Shabbos, the schedule is a bit different than normal.

Friday 5/12
7:10 Mincha
7:45 Kabbalat Shabbat
7:43 candlelighting
8:15 Dinner

Shabbos 5/13
9:45 Shacharit
10:45-12:45 Lunch
6:00 Mincha
6:30 Limud/Hitbodedut (leaving from Hillel after Mincha)
7:30 Shalosh Seudos (at Leicht's)
8:52 Maariv/Havdallah
10:00 Bonfire

Mazel Tov to everyone graduating and looking forward to spending one last Shabbos all together!

05/05/2017

Good Shabbos all y'all!!!!!

Friday 5/5
6:45 Yedid Nefesh
7:00 Kabbalat Shabbat
7:35 Candle-lighting
7:45 Dinner

Shabbos 5/6
9:45 Shacharit
1:00 Lunch
6:15 Hitbodedut and Limud at Leicht's
7:00 Mincha at Leicht's
7:30 Shalosh Seudos at Leicht's
8:45 Maariv/Havdalah at Leicht's

Thank you to
-This weeks cleaning crew: Kayla, Rebecca G, Demby, Shoshie, Sarah Wilen, Miriam
-Girard for setting/cleaning up the upstairs stuff
-Jeremy for layening
-Everyone for being amazing!!!!!

Mazel Tov to everyone graduating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck on finals, y'all are gonna kill it, and have a great summer!!!!!!

04/28/2017

Last full week is coming to a close and Shabbos is upon us!

Friday 4/28
6:45 Yedid Nefesh
7:00 Kabbalat Shabbat
7:28 Candle-lighting
7:45 Dinner
9:30 Fabrengen at Leicht's

Shabbos 4/29
9:45 Shacharit
1:00 Lunch at Leicht's
2:30 Mincha at Leicht's
7:15 Shalosh Seudos at Leicht's
8:37 Maariv/Havdallah at Leicht's

Thank you to
-Jeremy for layening
-Shoshie for cleaning the shul
-The Leicht's for hosting half of Shabbos!

Really interesting shiur and delicious sushi with Rabbi Yonah Berman!!! Thank you Shoshie Schwartz for coordinating the ...
04/26/2017

Really interesting shiur and delicious sushi with Rabbi Yonah Berman!!! Thank you Shoshie Schwartz for coordinating the event!!!

Address

388 N Pleasant St
Amherst, MA
01002

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General information

Formally founded in 2002, Kehillat Hillel Ha'azinu, consisted of a small group of students from the five college community who were interested in enjoying Shabbat together. They would get together to davening and cook Shabbat meals which would be eaten upstairs of the UMass Hillel. This established a new student group at the UMass Hillel, Kehillat Hillel Ha’azinu. Today, after a few years, DEGEL, has gone from a couple of members to well over 50 and still growing! We have gone from small home cooked meals to having over 50 students and guest for Shabbat lunch. We have a OU sponsored JLIC couple on campus, daily, Chag, and Shabbat davening, learning, Kosher Dining through UMass, and more! We are also one of the major campus on the charts for prospective students who are interested in a strong orthodox presence. Each semester students from around the United States vist UMass Amherst and KHH. We also welcome them once a semester for a Prospective Weekend. If you look at the rapid growth our community has had over just a few short years, you will too see the excitement we have for DEGEL. We encourage and welcome everybody anybody to our community. We have the opportunity to create something special, and we are taking it.

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(413) 406-3131

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