George Mason Hillel

Shalom Torah Fund

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We have exciting news to share with you! Mason Hillel has been blessed with receiving a Sefer Torah scroll from Congregation Yad Shalom of Centreville, VA. This is the Mason Hillel community’s very first Torah, and a tremendous gift. However, we need your help to repair the Torah for use during the High Holidays and throughout the year.

Just as buildings need repairs, a Torah needs to be maintained due to dirt, wear, and aging. We have developed the Shalom Fund to support Torah repairs and to ensure that our Torah is used for Jewish learning on campus for today and many tomorrows.  Receiving a Torah is a watershed moment for Mason Hillel.

In Pirkei Avos, the ethics of our fathers, it is said that the world stands on three things, the Torah, Worship, and deeds of loving kindness.  With our new Mason Hillel Torah, we have a symbolic blueprint to continue creating, expanding, and perfecting Jewish life for the 1200 Jewish students on campus. Your help is needed to make this a reality.

We have asked each Hillel student to give $18 to purchase a letter in the scroll.  Please join our students and make a donation to restore our Torah.  Everyone who supports the Shalom Fund will be permanently recognized on our website. Donors supporting $500 and above will be recognized permanently on a plaque bound to the Etz Chayim, the rollers of our scroll.  Help support the Shalom Fund to ensure that Jewish learning lives on and as a symbol of the enduring continuity of our people.  Together, we will continue to build a thriving Jewish community at Mason Hillel.

Click here to download the form that will help us realize our goal or restoring our Torah.

Enjoy the summer and thank you for your generosity.


Ross Diamond                                                   Miriam Capon

Executive Director                                          Student President

On the behalf of the Torah Task Force committee

Debbie Kessler                  Bob Lasken                    Rob Capon
Rabbi Michael Ragozin          Fran Lasken                   Michael Naor


August 16, 2013

This past month we received an out pour of support to restore our Torah. Today the sofer (scribe) is able to complete his work repairing  the Torah. Celebrating our new Torah with our students and community members will be my personal highlight for the Jewish new year.

I would like to express a tremendous תּוֹדָה רַבָּה (toda rabah/thank you) to all of the individuals and families who gave generously to the Shalom Fund to restore our Torah.  Please see below the people who have helped us realize our dream. We could not have achieved this great accomplishment without you. 

If you haven’t contributed yet there is still time to  help! Your support will ensure we have adequate funds to maintain the Torah and bring Jewish learning opportunities to campus  year to year.  Please consider making a contribution today.

I look forward to sharing with you stories from the first weeks of school and the High Holy Days.

Shana Tova,

Ross Diamond
Executive Director


            Shalom Fund Contributors

Etz Chayim Guardians

Kathryn and Ira Bartfield

Dottie Bennett

Beth El Hebrew Cong. Brotherhood

Tanya and Stephen Bodzin (in honor of Peter and Samantha Seigman)

Rose and Robert Capon

Susan and Kenneth Cohn

Congreation Yad Shalom

Wendy Frieman and David Johnson

Susan and Michael Goldensweig

Nancy and Jerry Gordon

Susan and William Kristol (in memory of Rachel Abrams)

Fran and Bob Lasken

Sarah Levin and Eric Eisenberg (in memory of Bernard J. Eisenberg)

Patti, Stephen and Amanda Philipse (in memory of David Phlipse and Peter Findler)

Gloria and Phillip Rosenthal

Joan and Donald Sacarob (in honor of Joan and Don Sacarob’s Recovery)

Neil Schlussel

Joyce and Jonatthan Schwartz

Sharyn and Richard Stahl

Sheila and Jonathan Sunray (in honor of Pearl and Michael Sunray)

Cantor Zucker

Torah Guardians


Neile Ainsfield (in honor of the GMU Hillel)

Laurie Albert

Diane and Stuart Altman

Rebecca and Jeffrey Amster

Beth and Jack Arager (in honor of Marissa Arager)

Brooke and Ari Ariel

Marjorie and Mitchell Bassman (in honor of Rabbi Bruce Aft, Congregation Adat Reyim)

Miriam and Jeffrey Berkowitz (in honor of Ross Diamond)

Kim and Bruce Bernstein

Michele and Nelson Blitz

Joel Boches

Amy Brener (in honor of Rabbi Bruce Aft, Congregation Adat Reyim)

Rhonda and Bruce Brown

Jane and Scott Brown

Paul Brown

Sheila and Robert Budoff

Andrew Caplan

Brooke Caplan and Adam August

Ilene and James Caruso

Ann and Jay Cherlow

Rutledge Dennis (in honor of the children and grandchildren of Rutledge M. Dennis)

Rebekah and Clay Dickinson

Sally Dobkin Goldman and Neil Goldman

Patricia and Scott Dulman (in honor of Betty and Herbert Dulman)

Dolores and Edward Eisenson

Shulamith and Sheldon Elster (in honor of the past presidents of the GMU Hillel)

Harriet Epstein

Nancy Falk

Karen and Ira Feldman (in honor of Nat Feldman)

Ken Finkelstein

Ellen Gale (in honor of the marriage of Sheera and Yair)

Ilana and Gary Gamerman (in honor of Ari, Noah and Zack Gamerman)

Carol and David Gichner

Diane and Steve Gold (in honor of Jared Gold)

Sandra and Melvin Goldfarb

Sally and Neil Goldman (in honor of Rabbi Bruce Aft, Congregation Adat Reyim)

Noemi and Arnold Goldstein

Slyvia Gordon

Carol Gordon and Steven Rosenthal

Burton Greenstein

Andrew Gross (in memory of Zachary Abraham Gross)

Bonny Grosz (in honor of the students of Hillel)

Ellen and Mike Hilert (in honor of Mrs. Rose Hilert)

Anita and Leonard Hollander

Janet and Murray Horwitz (in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Tanya and Steve Bodzin)

Florence and Jerome Imburg

Edith and Norman Kaufman

Brenda and Marvin Klemow

Gail Korostoff and Benjamin Adams (in honor of Jonah Adams)

Lida and Gary Kramer

Marilyn and Frederick Kraus

Cynthia and Michael Krauss (in honor of 1st Lt. Joshua Krauss, USMC)

Ellen Krieger and Gary Ratner

Eva and Michael Leavitt

Constance and Lawrence Leibowitz

June Levine

Gail and Gary Lipkin (in honor of Yanna Lipkin)

Elizabeth and Paul Locke

Ita and Mark Mandel

Jessica Maybar

Sandra and Jay Mervis

Julie Metzger

Joan Mizrahi

Margaret Morris and Ethan Boger

Helen Moskowitz (in honor of Juliana Moskowitz)

Brenda and Jonathan Myer

Tamara and Richard Neifeld

Robin and Andrew Neyman

Rachelle and Joel Palley

Susan and Matthew Pernic

Eda and Raymond Pickholtz

Deborah Polayes (in honor of Madelaine and Silik Polayes)

Marsha and Norman Reiser

Kelly and Gregg Ritchie (in honor of Kaety and Logan Ritchie)

Vivian and Harold Ronen

Cecelia and John Rosenberg (in honor of Rabbi David Kalender)

Michelle Ross (in honor of Micah and Aaron Margolis)

Rochelle and David Salzman (in honor of Charlotte and Eric Salzman)

Ilka Shore-Cooper and Fred Cooper

Lois and Howard Silberberg

Lorriane Silverstein

Lisa Somerson and Kurt McCartney (in honor of Megan McCartney)

Charlotte Strauss (in honor of Jane and Michael Strauss)

Pearl Sunray

Rhea Tannen (in honor of her granddaughter Marissa Arager)

Fran and Jordan Tannenbaum

Marie and Glenn Taubman

Karen Tovey and Edward Weiss (in memory of Bert and Reva Weiss)

Anita and Michael Turk

Irvin Varkonyi (in honor of Ignac and Livia Varkonyi)

Danielle and Curtis Waters

Andrew Weisberg (in memory of Jacob Morris Levy)

Cheryl Weisberg

Jill and Andrew Weisenberger

Laurie Weiss-Braunstein and Mark Braunstein

Diane and Sam Werbel (in honor of Ross Diamond)

Claudia and Larry Wilde

Bernadette Wolffe

Sharon Woody

Barbara Wright

Roberta Wulf

Joanne and Bruce Wyman (in honor of their grandchildren Rebecca, Nathan, Abigail, Rachel and Easton)

Deborah and David Yaffe

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