Students and professionals from Latin America share a laugh.
Energy. Energy. Energy.
That was the feeling when almost 500 Jewish students from across North America converged on Washington University in St. Louis for Engagement Institute, a five-day Hillel conference that helped students learn techniques to enrich their lives, their campuses and their world.
The conference kicked off with a motivational video and an inspirational speech from Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone. The student-produced concluding video is also available.
Students who will be part of the Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative and Peer Network Engagement Internship on their campuses participated in simulations and discussions to help them understand the techniques of peer engagement and to anticipate the challenges they may face on campus in the fall, including anti-Israel activity.
Hillel trained 48 students who will launch the AskBigQuestions initiative, a program sponsored by the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust to promote civility on campus by bringing together diverse students to discuss life's big questions.
In addition, a group of select campus Jewish student activists convened to advance their leadership skills.
On Shabbat, the students were offered a special program of meaningful activities, discussions and religious experiences to help them appreciate the day and to enhance the rest of their week. More.
Hillel Institute for campus professionals was also held at Washington University in St. Louis that week.
The event was covered in The Jerusalem Post, JTA, eJewish Philanthropy, Tablet and The St. Louis Jewish Light.
Hillel Professionals Convene, Learn, Celebrate
Hillel Celebrates, Promotes Jewish Life at Summer Conferences
Students Converge for Engagement Institute
Firestone to Students: Pursue Your Jewish Journey
Celebrating Shabbat in New Ways
Opening Video: Life is a Journey
Hillel Institute 2011 - President Firestone Opening Address