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  • Easing the load

    Hillels across the nation help alleviate the financial burden of college
    Mar 18, 2019, 10:13 AM by Sophia Durose and Kayla Steinberg
    Anastasia “Anya” Esther looks forward to pairing her Friday night challah with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hillel’s famous savory “green dip.” By tradition, she’ll acquire the recipe for when she graduates from UWM.
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  • Understanding Diversity

    Questions and Answers with Hillel professional Sheila Katz, contributor to new interfaith book
    Mar 15, 2019, 14:41 PM by Shana Medel
    Sheila Katz, vice president of student engagement and leadership at Hillel International, is a featured writer in the newly published guidebook, “Educating About Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs” (Stylus Publishing).
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  • Hunter Hillel organizes women’s panel in honor of International Women’s Day

    Mar 11, 2019, 15:09 PM by Hillel News
    Surrounded by a group of strong women growing up, Natasha Shifrin was always told, “There’s nothing you can’t do.” She took it to heart and worked diligently to rise to the role of head of global sales at Sisense.
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  • Community building

    Mar 6, 2019, 09:27 AM by Shana Medel
    Isaac Kurtz, a Hillel International Springboard Fellow at Hunter College Hillel, was raised in the “Jewish bubble.”
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  • Advocates for Inclusion

    Hillel delegation takes to Capitol Hillel for ninth annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day
    Feb 26, 2019, 16:11 PM by Hillel News
    Students from Washington, D.C. area Hillels joined current and former Hillel professionals on Capitol Hill Tuesday for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day.
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  • Mindfulness Over Matter

    Feb 20, 2019, 13:41 PM by Joshua Needelman
    Noah Etessami needed a nap. It was too early to head home for the day, though, so he called an audible. He went to the University of Southern California Hillel’s wellness lounge, hopped in the bed and closed his eyes.
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  • Better late than never

    Feb 19, 2019, 16:22 PM by Ashley Radparvar & Selah Maya Zighelboim
    Brianna Patek has never forgotten the stories her parents told her about their former lives as Jews living in Ukraine.
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  • Shalom Y'all

    Hillel helps Jewish students in the South find their place
    Feb 19, 2019, 15:59 PM by Paige Gutter
    What’s that thing on the door?” asked Jackson, class of ’21, of his Duke University roommate and Blue Devils football teammate, Daniel Karlin. Jackson hails from Highland Park, Texas, an area outside of Dallas where fewer than 1 percent of residents are Jewish.
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  • Hillel Talks 2018

    Feb 15, 2019, 16:23 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International created Hillel Talks in 2017 to showcase the wisdom, creativity and passion embodied by the voices in the movement.
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  • Two Jews, Three Opinions

    Questions and answers with Abraham Waserstein, founder of Collegiate Moot Beit Din
    Feb 15, 2019, 16:09 PM by Shana Medel
    Is it permissible to torture terrorists according to halacha? Are the #MeToo whisper networks a form of lashon harah?
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  • A leg up

    How Hillel gave me a competitive advantage in the workplace
    Feb 15, 2019, 09:35 AM by Chad Finkelstein
    After a hectic first week of classes, I found something familiar: Shabbat services and dinner with Hillel.
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  • Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt delves into anti-Semitism at Hillel International

    Feb 13, 2019, 16:48 PM by Shana Medel
    Renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt spoke to more than 170 Hillel professionals on Wednesday about her latest book, “Antisemitism: Here and Now.”
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  • Q&A with Maiya Chard-Yaron, executive director of Texas Hillel

    Jan 30, 2019, 10:13 AM by Hillel News
    In recognition of her leadership in Jewish education over the past 10 years, the Covenant Foundation named Maiya Chard-Yaron a 2018 Pomegranate Prize recipient.
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  • Perfect Pitch

    Jan 25, 2019, 16:13 PM by Hillel News
    Netta Barzilai, the Israeli winner of Eurovision 2018, made her first-ever Canadian appearance Thursday, headlining a fundraiser for Hillel Ontario.
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  • 'I'm proud to own my identities'

    Jan 14, 2019, 13:28 PM by Shana Medel
    Like Walt Whitman, Simcha Sher contains multitudes. She proudly wears the following labels: feminist, Orthodox Jew, sorority girl, social justice warrior.
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  • 'In my heart I hold Jerusalem and Africa'

    GW Hillel student infuses Jewish ethics into his rap music
    Jan 10, 2019, 11:47 AM by Hillel News
    Some of Noah Shufutinsky’s earliest memories involve listening to Reggae every Sunday afternoon playing on a local radio station in San Diego, where he spent most of his childhood. Growing up, he remembers, his parents would play West Coast hip hop and rap around the house.
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  • Building community

    Dec 27, 2018, 13:19 PM by Shana Medel
    Inspired by his time as a UChicago Hillel student, Seth Katz assumed the role of volunteer executive director of Bradley Hillel in 1998, balancing the position with his career as an English professor at Bradley University, where he has taught since 1992.
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  • ‘Fauda’ star Tsahi Halevi speaks about diversity, his career with Temple Hillel students

    Dec 18, 2018, 09:14 AM by Hillel News
    Tsahi Halevi, who plays a lead character named Naor in the Israeli political thriller “Fauda,” spoke to more than 20 Temple University students about his life story, acceptance of diversity and his acting career.
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  • Learn, Inspire, Think

    Nearly 1,200 Hillel professionals, stakeholders and partners gather for Hillel International Global Assembly
    Dec 13, 2018, 00:43 AM by Shana Medel
    The Hillel International Global Assembly, which began with a moving tribute to the victims of the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, featured a variety of thought-provoking sessions attended by nearly 1,200 professionals, stakeholders and partners from around the global Hillel movement.
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  • Make your own mezuzah

    Nov 26, 2018, 15:36 PM by Hillel News
    Rachel Feldman, Bowling Green State University Hillel’s Jewish culture chair, hosted "Make Your Own Mezuzah" after discovering that most Jewish students on campus did not have mezuzahs for their dorm rooms.
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