Wednesday, August 03, 2005

D’ju Jew Brew?

What is a Jew Brew? As I scan over the Indiana University Events Calendar for the month of August, I noticed weekly meetings called "Jew Brew". Is this where all the East coast people get together to drink coffee or speed date? Or are they Jews on the verge of becoming witches and make a brew together? Or is this so called “brew” a new form of East Coast beer. I’m not Jewish, but I would like to go to one of these meetings to see what it’s all about. However, I don’t want to walk in feeling like Rosa Parks or something. Everyone looking at me with a look like…"Who let the Irish Lass in?" Back home I have many Jewish friends and have been invited to numerous sader dinners and Bat-Mitzvahs. I’ve dated a few Jewish guys and have “hooked up” with numerous Jewish boys over the years (Best Kissers on Earth, I might add…FYI). I am an East Coast person wishing to become part of an East Coast group. Jew Brew and Hillel is a NJ connection for me. C’mon we can talk about Dunkin Donuts, the Jersey Shore, and our Excellent Public School Systems, or maybe…25 ways to serve matzah?

Let’s see, if I look on the Hillel website it says:

The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University is dedicated to assuring that Jewish college students have opportunities to recognize and develop their leadership potential and to express their Jewishness in many traditional and creative ways.

Jewishness? I can be very Jewish. My last name is Halpin so I’ll just change it for the meetings to Halpern. I love New York and I love getting manicures and pedicures and prefer Jewish doctors and love curly hair, Tiffany Jewelry and…who doesn’t adore the Adam Sandler Chanukah song. Hey, I was even in the chorus of my high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and wore a babushka for 3 hours!! Certainly this makes me a little bit Jewish.

Ok, let’s read further…According to the events calendar ad, this week’s get together says:

Come get a caffeine buzz on Hillel's dime, and meet our JCSC fellow, Aaron. He'll be hanging out at the Starbucks on Indiana every Monday afternoon at 4; it's a great way to relax, meet new friends, and chill out after a busy day.

Free Starbucks????? Holy gelfilte fish…I’m in!

Suggestion for next weeks Jew Brew:

Come get a caffeine buzz on Hillel’s dime and meet Tara, the Gentile. She’ll be hanging out at the Starbucks on Indiana every Monday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Come and get to know a wonderful Gentile Christian girl who thinks jewish boys are amazing kissers and jewish girls are the best shopping partners on earth.