by Hope Beitchman, Marketing and Communications Intern
A 13′ tall flag that read “Shalom Y’all” that once stood proudly outside of Texas A&M Hillel and was stolen on August 24 and was quickly returned, thanks to the power of social media.
The flag, designed to welcome back Jewish Aggies as the new year approached, was discovered missing on the morning of Wednesday, August 24. A police report was filed over the phone but no one expected the flag to be returned. On Thursday the 25th, Rabbi Matt posted a photo of the flag with a request that it be returned:
The Aggie honor code reads: An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.
Our welcome back banner was stolen from Hillel and we want it back to welcome the community as they return to College Station. We’ll take it back no questions asked, just put it back on its stand. Thanks and Gig ’em!
That Facebook post was shared over 160 times on Facebook and word got out quickly about the flag. One local television station even wanted to broadcast a story about the flag. There was an outpouring of support from individuals and organizations willing to replace the flag. C.C. Creations called Rabbi Matt early Friday with a very generous offer to fully replace the flag.
Then, on Friday the 26th, just a day after the social media post went viral locally, the flag returned, dropped off at the corner of George Bush Drive and Dexter Drive. We are very grateful for the incredible outpouring of community support! Thanks for the love Aggieland!