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  • Three cheers for the third annual Hillel Global Giving Week

    May 20, 2022, 14:54 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International Hillel Global Giving Week logo
    It only seems appropriate that in its third year, Hillel Global Giving Week 2022 raised an incredible three million-plus dollars to support Jewish life on campus. Hillel Global Giving Week (HGGW) was launched in May of 2020 to help campus Hillels raise critical funds at the outset the pandemic.
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  • Hillel International Announces 2022-2023 Student Cabinet

    The 17 members of Hillel’s seventh worldwide leadership cohort reflect the organization’s emphasis on inclusion of diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences
    May 20, 2022, 14:42 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International Student Cabinet logo
    Hillel International, the largest and most inclusive Jewish campus organization in the world, announced today the 17 members of the 2022-2023 Hillel International Student Cabinet. The cabinet serves as a vehicle to connect the global Jewish student community, and also serves as an advisory council to Hillel International’s leadership in its efforts to engage Jewish college students worldwide.
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  • Hillel seniors sign off with reflections on college experience

    May 19, 2022, 12:51 PM by Gabriel Lesser, Emma Lichtenstein, and Rachel Bernstein
    Alanna Margulies, Harrison Rosengard, and Lauren Milstein
    Hillel seniors are preparing to cross the graduation stage this summer. Meet the soon-to-be college graduates who say the Hillel effect lasts long after they leave campus.
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  • Creating a Home for Myself and Others at Hillel

    May 19, 2022, 10:44 AM by Samantha Brody
    Samantha Brody
    As I’ve continued on my journey, I’ve discovered the importance of creating a space where students of all backgrounds and practices can be Jewish together. Judaism was made accessible to me throughout my first few semesters of college, allowing me to learn and grow Jewishly, and it has been such a rewarding experience to create a space for others to do the same.
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  • Brown/RISD Hillel Fosters Jewish Connection Through Pop-up Art Exhibition

    May 12, 2022, 11:04 AM by Rachel Bernstein
    A painting of two figures sitting at a seder table
    A pop-up art exhibit at Brown/RISD Hillel fostered connectivity between Jewish art lovers, and inspired more students to envision their work on the gallery walls. Motivated by the success, the Hillel has since organized two other art exhibits featuring depictions of Jewish spiritual objects created by more than 30 students.
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  • Penn Hillel Students Inspire Healing…with Jewish Teddy Bears

    Apr 27, 2022, 11:34 AM by Alexandra Goldberg
    A young girl hugs a teddy bear
    Penn Hillel students are comforting people in need of healing — one teddy bear at a time. Audrey Singer, 21, and Aden Horowitz, 21, founded Mishe Bear, a startup that sells plush teddy bears to provide comfort to those who are ill. Each bear holds a customizable note and a heart-shaped card containing the “Mi Sheberach,” a Jewish prayer of healing.
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  • Florida Hillels host “Spread Cream Cheese, Not Hate” Events to Combat Antisemitism

    Apr 26, 2022, 14:32 PM by Emma Lichtenstein
    Amanda Baritz poses holding a clipboard with a QR code on it
    Florida Hillels have found an incredibly successful — and delicious — way to counter antisemitism on college campuses. “Spread Cream Cheese, Not Hate,” which originated at University of Florida Hillel in 2020, spreads awareness about antisemitism. The event is simple: Sign a petition against antisemitism and receive a fresh bagel and T-shirt.
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  • Hillels around the world celebrate Good Deeds Day

    Apr 21, 2022, 09:53 AM by Emma Lichtenstein
    Students pose in a garden by wooden trellises
    Jewish students at more than 80 Hillels around the world came together to celebrate Good Deeds Day, an international day of volunteering on April 3.
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  • Reflections of a Hillel President

    Apr 19, 2022, 17:46 PM by Emma Tick-Raker
    Emma Tick-Raker
    Hillel taught me what it meant to have a community, a kehillah, that I could count on and trust to never judge me. I learned to find my voice and use it to inspire others. I have begun to trust myself and be proud of who I am and what I do.
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  • Hillels Give New Energy, Bring More Students to Shabbat

    Apr 19, 2022, 17:43 PM by Rachel Bernstein
    Students from Hillel for Utah form a Jewish star with their arms
    Stretching from coast to coast, Hillels are reimagining Shabbat experiences to empower students to connect with Judaism and become Jewish leaders. Their creative efforts offer an alternative to traditional Shabbat services, which involve structured prayer in a synagogue.
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  • This Year, In Person

    I’m celebrating Passover at Hillel for the first and last time
    Apr 14, 2022, 10:05 AM by Rachel Bernstein
    Rachel Bernstein wears a white dress and a red graduation stole
    Passover has always been our gateway to come together. A way to see how everyone has grown. But as I neared college, I knew that my seder was going to look different. At least temporarily. I needed to give myself space to find new Passover traditions with my Jewish community on campus.
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  • University Presidents, Diversity Officers Learn New Tools to Address Antisemitism at Summit

    Apr 13, 2022, 17:03 PM by Hillel News
    A white and black sign reads University Presidents Summit on Campus Antisemitism
    College and university presidents and diversity officers from across North America learned best practices and new tactics to improve the campus climate for Jewish students this week at the University Presidents Summit on Campus Antisemitism.
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  • Meet the American Pitcher Who Brought New Turf to Israel

    Apr 6, 2022, 13:07 PM by Alexandra Goldberg
    Zach Weiss throws out a pitch as his teammates look on
    American-Israeli baseball player Zach Weiss played in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Weiss, now a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, says his experiences as a Jewish athlete go far beyond representing Team Israel in 2020. Here are the highlights from our conversation with Weiss.
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  • University Presidents to Address Antisemitism and Campus Climate for Jewish Students in New York Summit

    College and university leaders from more than 40 schools are attending two-day summit, sponsored by Hillel International and American Jewish Committee, in collaboration with American Council on Education
    Apr 5, 2022, 09:24 AM by Hillel News
    University Presidents Summit on Campus Antisemitism, April 11-12, 2022, New York City
    College and university presidents from across the United States will come together on April 11-12 for a summit on the unprecedented increase in antisemitic activity and the marginalization of Jewish students on campus. The summit is being presented by Hillel International and American Jewish Committee (AJC), in collaboration with the American Council on Education (ACE).
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  • Hillel International Announces 2022-2023 Student Cabinet Co-Chairs

    Jessica Yeroshalmi and Jordan Robinson to head seventh cohort of international student leadership
    Mar 31, 2022, 11:18 AM by Hillel News
    Jordan Robinson and Jessica Yeroshalmi
    Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, announced today the co-chairs of the seventh cohort of its Student Cabinet, a committee of top student leaders that provide advice, opinions and perspectives to Hillel International leadership.
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  • Berkeley Hillel Works to Reduce Carbon Footprint Through Solar Panels

    Mar 22, 2022, 10:34 AM by Jordan Greene
    Solar panels on the roof of UC Berkley Hillel
    Last fall, as fierce winds and low humidity increased fire risk, utility companies cut power to millions of Californians to prevent electrical lines from sparking and igniting blazes. Jewish students at UC Berkley decided to take the problem into their own hands to bring solar panels to the Hillel to avoid future outages.
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  • Hillels rally to support Ukraine, educate students about the crisis

    Mar 21, 2022, 16:48 PM by Gabriel Lesser
    Hopkins Hillel students stand behind a table stacked with challah
    Hillels around the world have been organizing programs to educate students about the situation in Ukraine and how they can show their support.
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  • My Limitless Identity

    Hillel taught me to embrace every part of who I am
    Mar 8, 2022, 16:21 PM by Alexandra Goldberg
    Alexandra Goldberg
    At Hillel, I learned to walk into a room as my whole self, never leaving part of my identity behind. I was finally Jewish enough. For so many years, I created walls because I came from an interfaith family. Hillel taught me that my intersectionality was an asset in Jewish spaces, as it taught me to be open-minded, understanding, and compassionate.
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  • Jewish Students Shine in ‘Jeopardy! National College Championship’

    Mar 3, 2022, 12:09 PM by Alexandra Goldberg
    Mayim Bialik and Joey Kornman stand by a sign for the Jeopardy National College Tournament
    The "Jeopardy! National College Championship" featured 36 college students who went head-to-head for a $250,000 prize. Read about a handful of Jewish contestants who connected with their faith during the game.
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  • Hillel International Launches Emergency Relief Fund to Support Jewish Students, Professionals Impacted by Crisis in Ukraine

    Mar 1, 2022, 16:07 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International Emergency Relief Fund
    As the war in Ukraine rages into its second week, Hillel International is launching an Emergency Relief Fund to support the urgent needs of Hillel professionals and students in the impacted region, as well as Hillel’s humanitarian work supporting Ukrainian refugees.
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