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Host NUJLS on Your Campus This Spring

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NUJLS is the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students. …

NUJLS is the National Union of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Students.

An annual tradition since 1997, the NUJLS conference is an opportunity for students to connect, learn, celebrate Shabbat, learn, and lead together--and take valuable skills back to their campus.

Nearly 1,000 students have participated in the 16 annual conferences over the years.

Hosting a NUJLS conference provides an opportunity for visibility for the host campus, and affirms the role of the university, the local Hillel foundation, LGBTQ partners in the complex and evolving identities of our students. Students have an opportunity to plan, to lead, and to host peers from around the country and engage their local Jewish LGBTQ students and others interested with the presence of the conference.

The NUJLS conference brings approximately 100 students each year from across the United States and Canada to one campus for a social, religious, educational, and social justice experience.

The hosting campus will work with the Board of NUJLS to set an appropriate date for the conference (Friday through Sunday) during the spring semester, generally in February or April.

www.nujls.org

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  • 1. Hosting Information Are you considering hosting a NUJLS Shabbaton this spring on your Campus?Example Weekend Friday Students Arrive. Shabbat Dinner & Program What is the history? Saturday Shabbat Services & Each spring since 1997, Queer Jewish University-level Activities students, as well as our steadfast LGBT allies, have joined together on a chosen University campus to learn Saturday Local students host guest from each other for a weekend Shabbaton. Evening students with a night out Participating student leaders from Universities across North America began calling this annual gathering of Sunday Brunch & Closing queer Jewish University-level students, a conference of Programs the National Union of Jewish LGBTQQI Students. Naturally, an abbreviation written as NUJLS followed this long-winded title, giving us the name of the conference that we still use today, NUJLS (pronounced "NuJoules" (ˈnüjau(-əә)ls). What is NUJLS? Since 1997 NUJLS has annually gathered at a weekend Shabbaton to empower Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Student leaders to feel proud and affirmed in all of their identities.
  • 2. http://www.nujls.org Can You Host a NUJLS Weekend?Each year NUJLS features speakers, text study, and workshops on topics such as Judaism andqueerness, spirituality, activism, relationships, ethics, coming out, politics, text study, and culture.Hosting a NUJLS conference provides an opportunity for visibility for the host campus, andaffirms the role of the university, the local Hillel foundation, LGBTQ partners in the complex andevolving identities of our students. Students have an opportunity to plan, to lead, and to hostpeers from around the country and engage their local Jewish LGBTQ students and othersinterested with the presence of the conference.The NUJLS conference brings approximately 100 students each year from across the United Statesand Canada to one campus for a social, religious, educational, and social justice experience.The hosting campus will work with the Board of NUJLS to set an appropriate date for theconference (Friday through Sunday) during the spring semester, generally in February or April.Responsibilities of the Host Campus ü Local communications ü Program & Space Planning ü Identifying Religious Observance Options ü Managing Budget ü Arranging Meals ü Providing Sleeping Accommodations ü Empowered Student Planning Team ü Dedicated on-site professional 2
  • 3. 321 http://www.nujls.org Detailed Responsibilities Local communications. Sharing information about the and weekend to University-based providing options for administrators such as the Dean Shabbat observance are core to of Students and the local Jewish the weekend’s success. Options Student and LGBTQ Unions. need to recognize the spectrum Empowered This also includes advertising of needs, Jewish Student Planning Team. listings and postings to relevant Law/Halakacha as well as This team needs to provide community calendars to help Secular, and can be conference input to the host campus on recruitment efforts. specific and/or combined with program ideas, space and pre-existing local-opportunities, recruiting needs. They will also Program & Space such as at a Hillel or local take on leadership roles at the synagogue. conference as appropriate. Planning. The overall conference program plan and Managing Budget. Working Dedicated on-site itinerary has been improved upon over our 16-year history. with the NUJLS board to ensure professional. NUJLS leaders Our NUJLS board will provide travel subsidy fund for have found that the support of guidance, speaker ideas and participants is used as well as several hours per week via one samples of how to build the costs for meals, and stipends Hillel professional and/or community over the weekend for speakers are paid. dedicated student intern in the from our history. The ability to months leading up to the be creative is up to you. A Arranging Meals. Including conference can ensure greater scheduled outing to a nearby snacks and meals that meet the success. This professional can be Saturday evening entertainment dietary restrictions and/or responsible for communications site, if appropriate, is always Kosher needs of all attending between the Campus, Hillel and optional. Space also needs to be students. This includes a total of the NUJLS Board as well as reserved for programs six meals. ensure oversight around room throughout the weekend to take reservations; food arrangements place. Providing Sleeping and safety logistics. Accommodations. Ensuring Identifying Religious the safe, secure and pre-arranged Observance Options. sleeping and hospitality Student leaders have vastly arrangements for all visiting diverse observance level needs students (student dorm rooms). 3
  • 4. 21 http://www.nujls.org SAMPLE PROGRAM: NUJLS 2012 hosted by American University & AU Hillel Friday, February 17 • 2:30 – 4:00 NUJLS Registration • 4:15 – 5:15 Welcome Candle Lighting & Opening Session • 6:00 – 7:15 Shabbat Services Reform & Conservative • 7:15 – 8:45 Shabbat Dinner followed by Keynote by A. Avissar NUJLS provides an • 8:45 – 9:30 Mishpacha (Breakout Groups) • 9:30 – 10:00 Wrap Up opportunity for student leaders from Saturday, February 19 campuses across • 9:30 – 10:30 Breakfast North America to • 10:00–12:00 Shabbat Morning Services build community, • 12:15-1:15 Kiddush and Lunch network, become • 1:30 – 2:45 Breakout Sessions 1. Identity Advocacy & more engaged in Leadership: Organizing Queer Jewish Life on Campus w. V. Prell 2. GLBTA Identity: Queer 101, S. Bendoraitis and M. Bruno 3. Jewish and queer Cultural and Religious Identity: Claiming Our Identities in life, and celebrate Advocacy, J. Blotner their multiple • 3:00 – 4:15 General Session, Out in the Workplace, L. Leibowitz identities. • 4:30 – 5:00 Optional Mincha Service • 5:15 – 6:30 Seudah Shlishit/Dinner (+ Optional Ma’ariv Service) • 6:45 – 7:15 Mishpacha • 7:20 – 7:50 Havdallah, AU Quad • 8:00 Saturday Evening Programming Options, Off Campus Sunday, February 20 • 9:00 – 9:30 Bag Drop Off, McDowell Lounge • 9:30 – 10:30 General Session Out and Proud in the Homeland: LGBT Identity and Advocacy in Israel, A. Slepian • 10:30–12:30 Brunch and Keynote Address, D. Furmansky, Standing on the Side of Love • 12:45-2:00 Breakout Sessions, Bet 1. Identity Advocacy & Leadership Engagement Creating Meaningful Connections R. Gildiner 2. GLBTA Identity: Trans 101 S. Bendoraitis and M. Bruno 3. Identity: Building Relational Power, J. Ware • 2:15 – 3:30 Sunday Breakout Sessions, Gimmel 1. Coming Out 101: How to Tell Bubbie to Stop Setting You Up? 2.Intersection of LGBT and Jewish Identity, H. Cohen, GLOE 3. Cultural and Religious Identity: The Art of Drag, Humor and Politics, A. Avissar • 3:40 – 4:00 Mishpacha • 4:00 – 4:30 Closing Session 4

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