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The Brandeis Hoot – Dec. 3, 2010

Rebuilding Haiti with justice

By Morgana Russino

 

Brian Concannon Jr., director and founder of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, will explain why justice and legal order are crucial to the effort to rebuilding Haiti from the devastating earthquake that struck in January. His talk and a subsequent discussion will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in room G4 at the Heller School.

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Brandeis Now – Nov. 30, 2010

International Fellow: Haiti needs legal order, justice

By Charlie Radin

Brian Concannon Jr., director and founder of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, will explain why justice and legal order are crucial to the effort to rebuilding Haiti from the devastating earthquake that struck in January. His talk and a subsequent discussion will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in room G4 at the Heller School.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Nov. 5, 2010

Haiti relief gets grant

By Nathan Koskella

The Brandeis Haiti Initiative will host an ETE (Empowering Through Education) Camp celebration and promotional event on Monday as Shaina Gilbert ’10 returns to campus with counselors from the summer to share their experiences.

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The Justice – Sept. 21, 2010

Reunion for a worthy cause abroad

By Deborah Salmon

Before Sept. 5, Michael Forman, Lisa Fishman, Steven Freilich, Mark Horowitz and Michele Mandel had a few things in common. They were all once Brandeis students and all went into the medical profession. However, that was all that bonded them until just a few weeks ago when the group went on a volunteer medical mission to Haiti. They went not knowing what to expect, and they came back with another shared experience, a broadened view of the world and a story to tell.

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The Brandeis Hoot – April 30, 2010

Helping Haiti: A semester summary

By Rebecca Carden

The Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort, co-chaired by Nate Rosenblum ’10 and Shaina Gilbert ’10, has worked throughout this semester to take part in the global campaign to aid Haiti after the earthquake that took place there Jan. 12. As the semester winds down, the Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort is growing closer and closer to its goals for spring 2010.

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The Brandeis Hoot – April 20, 2010

Hoops for Haiti: Brandeis comes to the court

By Jon Ostrowsky

In the biggest upset since the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the Brandeis University faculty/staff team defeated the student team 37-31 at the Hoops for Haiti fundraiser Thursday night.

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The Brandeis Hoot – April 16, 2010

Matchup:  Faculty and staff take down students

By Jon Ostrowsky

Thursday’s Hoops for Haiti game was one for the ages.  With Prof. Jacob Cohen (AMST) coaching the faculty and staff team to a 37 to 31 victory over the students, it was red shirts versus blue shirts as the stars of the Brandeis community displayed their talent, in all of its forms.

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The Brandeis Hoot – March 19, 2010

Haiti relief goal almost reached

By Leah Finkelman

Fundraising for the Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort (BHRE) continued this week, getting Brandeis even closer to the goal of $25,000. BHRE has tentatively raised more than twenty thousand dollars, but exact figures are still being determined.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Feb. 26, 2010

Haiti relief efforts continue, donations to Partners in Health matched through Sunday

By Leah Finkelman

The Brandeis community continued to raise money for Haiti this week with several events bringing it closer to the ultimate goal of $25,000 for the earthquake-struck nation with an additional incentive: Brandeis joins schools across the country in an initiative through Partners in Health (PIH) to match student donations raised before Sunday.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Feb. 12, 2010

Campus organizations rally to help Haiti relief initiative

By Rebecca Carden

B’Deis Records, a Brandeis independent record company, hosted a benefit concert for Haiti this Friday which coincided with a special charity Shabbat dinner. Then, on Saturday, an off-campus Greek mixer between the Zeta Beta Tou (ZBT) and Phi Psi fraternities also raised money for the cause. Together, the three events collected more than $3,300.

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The Justice – Feb. 2, 2010

Youth empowerment through education

By Tess Raser

In Haiti this past summer, Shaina Gilbert '10 didn't see images of destruction and suffering. Instead, as she spent three-and-a-half weeks working at a camp she created called Empowering Through Education in Hinche, Haiti, she saw a vast countryside, a vibrant social life and a strong population of hopeful youth.

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The Justice – Jan. 26, 2010

Events planned to support Haiti

By Erin Doniger

The Waltham Group, Global Haiti Initiative, B-DEIS Records, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Student Events and several a cappella groups are among those at Brandeis coordinating efforts to aid Haiti, which was ravaged by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Jan. 22, 2010

MLK event inspires, urges students to join Haiti relief

By Jon Ostrowsky

The Brandeis Community gathered Monday evening in the overfilled Shapiro Campus Center Theater to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an event entitled “A Heart Full of Grace,” which featured oratory performances, music and poetry.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Jan. 22, 2010

Brandeis students ‘Hope for Haiti’

By Destiny D. Aquino

Students gathered in the Shapiro Campus Center Wednesday evening to give both their prayers and dollars at a vigil to honor those killed and injured in Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake. But while Wednesday’s vigil was perhaps the most visible example of the connection between Brandeis and the Caribbean nation, in fact, Brandeis has been involved with Haiti for years.

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The Brandeis Hoot – Jan. 19, 2010

MLK event inspires, urges students to join Haiti relief

By Jon Ostrowsky

The Brandeis Community gathered Monday evening in the overfilled Shapiro Campus Center Theater to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an event entitled “A Heart Full of Grace,” which featured oratory performances, music and poetry.

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The Justice – Jan. 19, 2010

Support Haitian quake victims

By The Justice Editorial Board

In the wake of the catastrophic effects of the recent natural disaster in Haiti, this page joins the global call for action and support on behalf of those suffering unfathomable pain and loss. This message rings strong for members of the Brandeis community. As students who live by the mantra of social justice, we should feel compelled to give of our time and resources to assist those in need. In this spirit, we encourage everyone to help to the best of his or her ability. In particular, we urge the students leading Brandeis' effort to aid Haiti to carefully research prospective organizations to support in order to ensure that donations reach the proper parties.

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The Justice – Jan. 19, 2010

Brandeis student join together to help Haiti

By Alana Abramson

Several Brandeis students have formed a relief committee to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake and are currently in the process of brainstorming fundraising options, J.V. Souffrant '13, one of the students involved in this effort, said in an interview with the Justice.

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Ruben Cohen '97 shares his Haiti medical relief story

February 5, 2010

From the Brandeis Now


Freed From the Rubble, Back on the Job

January 26, 2010

From the Baltimore Sun


Brandeis Zionist Alliance Event

March 1st, 2010

The Brandeis Zionist Alliance hosted "Haiti," an event which aimed to shed light on the positive contributions that Israel has been making to the Haiti Relief effort, on March 1 in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.  Israel's quick response to the crisis in Haiti, including its delivery of a state-of-the-art mobile hospital, has earned the country praise in addition to raising awareness of the dire situation that displaced Haitians currently face.  Members from the BZA were sitting at the "Haiti" table in the Atrium all day in order to provide information about Israel's participation in the earthquake relief effort and collecting donations from Brandeis students.  Additionally, clips of news coverage of Israel's involvement in Haiti ran on a loop for the duration of the event and were visible to passersby.  

Collection of Needed Supplies

Feb. 24, 2010

Dr. Arielle Adrien (sister-in-law of our wonderful campus mailman Juneau Guerrier) and the Association of Haitian Women of Boston are collecting medical necessities to bring to Haiti February 28. Many are items that we take for granted and may be found in our medicine cabinet or home first-aid kit. I ask you to please take a few moments to "shop at home" for those items you may have that are unused and haven't expired 'use by' dates on them. This is so easy, and can make all the difference in the success of this medical mission. And if you were motivated to go to the pharmacy for any of these, that would be wonderful too.

There will be a box just outside the Sociology office (Pearlman 201), which will be given to Dr. Adrien thru Juneau.

Items that would be helpful are:

  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Gauze
  • Ace Bandages
  • Stethoscopes
  • Blood Pressure Kits
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Wound Cleaners
  • Bacitracin
  • Neosporin
  • Pain Killers (over-the-counter)
  • Vitamins (adults & children)
  • Nutrition Bars

Students Launch Haiti Relief Effort

Feb. 8, 2010

Group planning series of fundraising events, including May 1 gala

Nearly two dozen Brandeis students have formed a campus group to aid victims of last month’s earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The group, Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort (BHRE), will focus on fundraising, increasing awareness about Haiti and celebrating the country’s rich cultural history.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, was rocked by a 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12 that killed more than 200,000 people and left 1 million homeless.

BHRE, led by Nate Rosenblum ’10 and Shaina Gilbert ’10, has so far raised almost $8,000 from Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

The group is tentatively planning a black-tie benefit gala for local alumni and friends on May 1. Plans call for a sit-down dinner, musical entertainment and a silent auction. More details will be announced in coming weeks. BHRE is seeking a graduate to match the funds raised at the event. Companies willing to donate services and supplies for catering, entertainment and decorations should contact BHRE.

"Supporting the people of Haiti is extremely important at this time,” said Gilbert, a Haitian-American who last summer launched the Empowering Through Education (ETE) camp in her mother’s hometown of Hinche, Haiti, while serving as a Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice intern. “The entire nation, from its destroyed capital to its now overpopulated and underresourced villages and provinces, needs a great deal of assistance.

“Beyond the lack of the infrastructure to guide its population out of its trauma and devastation and toward its rebirth, Haitians in Haiti are struggling with the lack of the resources to survive and carry on the legacy of the nation,” Gilbert added. “Without this rebirth and continuation of their legacy, future generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans will be lost and not even know it.”

“We’re trying to find a way to help the people of Haiti who were devastated by this earthquake,” said Jon Ostrowsky ’13. “We’re trying to give back any way that we can.”

Each of the organizations is based in Haiti and will provide long-term support for the people of the country through education, health care and empowerment. Proceeds from the Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort will support three different Haitian relief efforts — Partners in Health, ETE Camp and Hope for Haiti.

For more information about BHRE, contact Rosenblum or Gilbert. For information about alumni fundraising or the May 1 event, contact Ostrowsky.

Those interested in making a gift should write a check to Brandeis University with “Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort” written in the memo field. Send checks to Lucas Malo, Brandeis University, Department of Community Service, MS 203, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453.

For more information on the Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort, visit the BHRE Web site.


Fundraising Dinner for Haiti

Feb. 5, 2010

On February 5, 2010, the Chabad House at Brandeis University sponsored a fundraising dinner for Haiti.  With a $10 minimum donation to attend, the 100 plus participants raised more than $1,300 dollars for ETE Camp in Haiti, started by Shaina Gilbert, a senior at Brandeis.  This gift will be combined with the Brandeis Fund For Haiti, which has the goal of raising $25,000 in relief efforts.

Last Spring, Madeline Mayer, a current junior at Brandeis suggested that it would be nice for Chabad to become involved in a charitable effort. While Rabbi Peretz and Chanie Chein love to have students over to their home for the Jewish Sabbath every week, they sometimes like smaller groups so that they can get to know us better.  Thinking about this, Mayer suggested a fundraising dinner for the people of Haiti.  Though the dinner was successful in helping the people of Haiti, it was not as successful in limiting the amount of students at dinner.

After the recent earthquakes, the citizens of Haiti are in more now than ever before. As Jews, we have a duty to help others in need—including those of different faiths. American Jewish World Service’s mission really explains this belief.  According to their mission, the definition of tzedakah is as follows: “empowering people throughout the world to achieve justice and self-sufficiency through the promotion of human rights, education, economic development, healthcare and sustainable agriculture.”

The concept of tikkun olam, or helping to repair the world, was really the impetus for this dinner. In order to improve things in this world, we as students need to take it upon ourselves to help those in need and not to solely rely on others to do the job.  This dinner will hopefully serve as the beginning for many more Chabad community service activities in the future.