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  • Updates from Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe)

    Nov 14, 2022, 15:00 PM by Hillel International
    Candlemaking in Odessa
    We are excited to share regular updates on this page from the students and staff of Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe).
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  • Meeting the Second Gentleman, Shofar in Hand

    Nov 10, 2022, 07:54 AM by Jake Kornfeld
    Jake Kornfeld
    And yet, on September 22, 2022, I became the first person ever to blow the shofar at the Vice President’s residence, the Naval Observatory. This is an honor I will be proud of for the rest of my life. (My parents are proud, too.) I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to have attended the interfaith Rosh Hashanah event, and I feel immensely proud of myself for completing the task of blowing the shofar in such exciting—and intimidating—conditions.
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  • Honoring the Generosity of Jules and Gwen Knapp

    Oct 12, 2022, 11:37 AM by Hillel International
    Legacy gift will provide college scholarships to Jewish students, help counter antisemitism on campus, and support students’ mental health
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  • High Holiday Roundup

    Oct 7, 2022, 12:14 PM by Hillel News
    From service-oriented programs like Reverse Tashlich to apples and honey taste tests to a variety of traditional and creative services, Hillel students and staff members have been celebrating growth, joy, and wellness in the new year.
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  • Hillel International Student Cabinet Co-Chairs Statement on Antisemitism

    Oct 4, 2022, 09:07 AM by Hillel News
    At a time when Jews around the world are gathering with their family, friends, and communities to celebrate the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are outraged to hear and see that a number of antisemitic incidents took place on or around campus on Rosh Hashanah, one of the most sacred Jewish holidays.
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  • Forgiveness in the TikTok Era

    Oct 4, 2022, 09:00 AM by Danielle Kranjec
    How do we talk about teshuvah/forgiveness/redemption in a world where both mistakes and transgressions are very public and responses to them are fast, public, and often black and white.
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  • HUC-JIR and Hillel International Launch New Partnership

    Sep 20, 2022, 09:54 AM by Hillel News
    Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and Hillel International announced the launch of a groundbreaking new collaborative partnership to support the emerging generation of leaders who will build a strong and vibrant Jewish future.
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  • Hillel Initiative Against Campus Antisemitism Adds 12 New Universities

    Sep 16, 2022, 09:24 AM by Hillel News
    Jewish students are facing a steep rise in antisemitism on many of their college campuses. Hillel International, the largest and most inclusive Jewish student organization in the world, is substantially expanding its Campus Climate Initiative (CCI), a comprehensive program to foster a campus climate in which Jewish students feel comfortable expressing their identity free of antisemitism, harassment, or marginalization. CCI, now in its third year, today announced the addition of 12 new campuses, along with five campuses expanding their participation, achieving a new total of 40 campuses nationwide.
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  • Representing Jewish Women on Miss America

    Sep 12, 2022, 09:48 AM by Hazel Homer-Wambeam
    Hazel Homer-Wambeam, Miss Wyoming 2022
    On June 25, I was awarded the title of Miss Wyoming 2022, becoming the first Jewish woman with that honor in the 101 years of the program. This December, I will go on to compete for the title of Miss America. If I win, I will become only the second Jewish woman in history to be named Miss America. My personal icon, Bess Myerson, won the Miss America title in 1945 during the height of the Holocaust.
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  • Welcoming New Members of Hillel International's Board of Directors

    Jul 5, 2022, 17:15 PM by Hillel News
    The four new members of Hillel International's Board of Directors
    Hillel International is so excited to welcome four new members to our Board of Directors! Joining the Board are Hillel International's two student cabinet co-chairs, a former student cabinet member, and a Hillel Director.
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  • Shabbat Meant Something New After the Fall of Roe v. Wade

    Jun 30, 2022, 18:59 PM by Alexa Kupor
    Alexa Kupor
    As I live on the West Coast, I first read the news of the overruling of Roe v. Wade upon waking up on Friday morning. By the time the sunset signaled the start of Shabbat, I had digested countless social media posts; engaged in fearful conversations with friends; and witnessed vehement protests from San Francisco City Hall to the steps of the Supreme Court. It was the opposite of peace and quiet.
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  • Welcoming our New Springboard Fellowship Director

    Jun 30, 2022, 16:55 PM by Hillel News
    Leah Palestrant
    Leah Palestrant (she/her) is thrilled to be joining the Springboard Fellowship team at Hillel International after serving as a learning and development professional for education non-profits for the past decade.
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  • Hillel CASE Gathers in Israel

    Jun 27, 2022, 15:05 PM by Gabi Kirsch
     
    For 25 years, Hillel in Central Asia and Southeastern Europe (CASE) has played a prominent role in the lives of Jewish students and young adults in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Crimea, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. This February, just three days before the war in Ukraine began, city and country directors from Hillel CASE gathered in Odessa for their bi-annual staff gathering.
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  • Hillel International Announces 2022 Student Leadership Scholarship Recipients

    Students from CT, NY and FL receive special recognition, $4,000 award
    Jun 26, 2022, 21:30 PM by Hillel News
    text saying Hillel International 2022 Scholarship Recipients over pictures of the four students
    Hillel International has selected four young leaders, two in high school and two in college, to receive scholarship awards in recognition of their volunteerism and commitment to their communities.
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  • Hillel International Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

    Jun 24, 2022, 12:41 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International logo
    Today is a painful and distressing day for many Americans and Jewish students across the country who believe that each American should have the right to make personal decisions about pregnancy and abortion in a way that is informed by their own beliefs, values, and needs.
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  • AJC Honors Hillels in Ukraine and Indiana for their Resilience and Fight Against Antisemitism

    Jun 22, 2022, 15:21 PM by Hillel News
    The AJC presents a Sharon Greene Award
    American Jewish Committee today honored students at Hillel chapters in the Ukraine city of Kharkiv, and Indiana University, where students marshaled an effort to create campus-wide solidarity in the face of rising acts of antisemitism. The Hillel chapters received the AJC Sharon Greene Award for Campus Advocacy, which recognizes college-based advocates who fight antisemitism and support Jewish life on campus.
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  • Hillel Kharkiv Begins to Rebuild

    Jun 22, 2022, 15:16 PM by Hillel News
    People help to rebuild Hillel Kharkiv
    Instead of celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this spring, the students and staff of Kharkiv Hillel are working tirelessly to repair their space that was heavily damaged by bombing during the war in Ukraine this spring. Volunteers are coming together to rebuild the Hillel building that previously housed 600 Jewish students and young professionals after it was reduced to rubble.
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  • New Hillel International COO Brings Innovative Approach to World’s Largest Jewish Campus Organization

    Shari Merrill brings record of organizational success, creative programming at for-profits and nonprofits, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    Jun 22, 2022, 09:30 AM by Hillel News
    Shari Merrill
    As it approaches its 100th year of serving Jewish students at more than 850 colleges and universities around the world, Hillel International announced that Shari Merrill will serve as its new chief operating officer, beginning later this summer. Merrill comes to Hillel from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where as chief impact officer.
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  • Anne Frank tree takes root at University of Iowa

    Jun 9, 2022, 10:51 AM by Rachel Bernstein
    Two students hold shovels as they help to plant the sapling
    A piece of Jewish history has been uprooted from Amsterdam and planted in Iowa City. One sapling grown from an old chestnut tree ​​— which stood outside of the secret annex where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary — was planted at University of Iowa.
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  • Welcoming the Hillel International 2022 Summer Interns

    Jun 8, 2022, 13:42 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International 2022 Summer Interns
    Hillel International is so excited to welcome our Summer 2022 interns! While these students cannot physically be at Hillel International’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., this talented and diverse group of interns is rolling up their sleeves and working virtually with several different teams across the organization.
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