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September 13, 2006

Sam Yashinsky made the Michigan Baseball Team and Other Important Information

He is my hero. (Ian)

As always, tonight’s Shmooze meeting was catered. We had cinnamon babka cake and pomegranate seeds. Ari separated the seeds from the fruit. As our resident rimon (pomegranate in Hebrew, but I wanted the alliteration) expert, Ari said that today's fruits are good for early in the season but will not work in a few weeks.

Icebreaker Introduction: With the pennant race in full swing, Ian decided on a “basebally” icebreaker to open up the meeting.

“What would be your at-bat music?”

"Talk amongst yourselves portion" while Ian organizes his notes to move on the the meat and potatoes of the meeting

Hillel Open House and Festifall recap

(Ian tries to segue to the next topic)

Jews in Shakespeare, or how we are going to get Ralph Williams to speak at a Shmooze event:

We are progressing on Williams. We want to have it in the first week of December. It depends on his schedule. Reuben has him as his GSI, which is technically not possible, for Williams cannot be a GSI.

Headbands: I continued the search for a suitable headband dealer. We thought that we found one, but apparently we were wrong. The Shmooze crowd was not really into the idea of white headbands, despite the great price that Ian found. Dina saved the idea of Shvitz headbands by saying she knows someone in the headband industry who might be able to get us yellow handbands with blue writing. Consensus?

(Side conversation that became main conversation)

Two new people entered and had to introduce themselves

Ian brought up the hot dog cart. He will have a meeting in the next week or so


The Yentaz are off to a great start, which is special to see. The guys are not off to such a great start. Ian is pretty pissed off at his gender. He promises that his side will have a stronger performance tomorrow.

Backgammon tournament and regional dip: Ian met with someone from another cultural group today. He wants to do it at the beginning of the next semester. If someone wants to step up and take charge of this event and earn the title “inter-cultural coordinator,” let Ian know immediately.

Reuben wants to know if Sallah Shabati is available to compete. He doesn’t want Sallah’s friend, Goldshtein, to compete (He wouldn’t represent Shmooze very well).

(New person to introduce)

Shmooze sponsoring a Shabbat dinner at Hillel? We are going to cook a Shmooze Shabbat dinner instead.

We need to re-register with MSA

Publications: Ian remembers last year’s board room was littered with copies of the Detroit Jewish News, Wasthenaw County Jewish News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other, necessary publications. We need to have more reading material at meetings. Shmooze is hoping to get a mailbox in the Union and a subscription to the (English) Forward. Heeb magazine, fall issue, should be out in a few weeks.

Shmooze wants to bring in a band for a concert. Shira said she’ll look into a hip, Jewish cultural band. On the subject, Ian wants people to look into the Jewish cultural music festival Oy!hoo that takes place this week in New York.

Shmooze Classics: The first Monday of every month will be Shmooze Classics night at Hillel. The first movie that we will screen is the Frisco Kid. Tori offered Zelig, a Woody Allen movie, as a possible second one. The crowd wanted the Hebrew Hammer but some questioned its status as a “classic.”

Posted by irobi at September 13, 2006 11:23 PM


"Ian remembers last year’s board room was littered with copies of the Detroit Jewish News, Wasthenaw County Jewish News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other, necessary publications."

I take offense to this. We tried very hard to keep an orderly board room, and Aaron often vacuumed prior to meetings.

Glad to see Shmooze is getting off to a strong start this year.

Posted by: gluckman at September 14, 2006 12:53 AM

You WISH you had a vacuum-er there. Le sigh.

Posted by: kaczanda at September 14, 2006 05:06 PM

A couple of comments:
1. When I said littered, I only referred to the tables being littered. The floor at 1023 Church was among the cleanest of any college house I have seen.
2. We don't have a vacuum at our apartment (It's not a problem yet because none of my room mates relieve stress by vacuuming).

Posted by: irobi at September 16, 2006 12:06 PM

I am thoroughly enjoying these notes, and living vicariously through all those in attendance. Please keep up the enjoyability of Shmooze so I don't become severely depressed about being an alum

Posted by: amilgrom at September 19, 2006 11:58 PM

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