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  • Updates from Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe)

    Sep 23, 2022, 12:49 PM by Hillel International
    Students on Jewish Atlantis trip discussing
    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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  • 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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  • 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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