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  • Off the shelf

    Hillel students and professionals share what page-turners they're reading this summer
    Jun 13, 2018, 09:43 AM by Shana Medel
    It doesn’t matter if your chosen reading locale is on a paradise beach or in your air-conditioned living room. Make sure to add some of these can’t-put-down books to your summer reading list.
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  • Announcing Hillel International’s 2018-2019 Student Cabinet

    Jun 11, 2018, 14:46 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel International announced today the 19 members of the third cohort of the Hillel International Student Cabinet. The Cabinet allows Hillel International’s leadership to directly benefit from the advice, opinions and perspectives of Jewish college students from throughout the world.
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  • Financial adviser turned rabbi uses storytelling to connect with students

    Jun 7, 2018, 14:42 PM by Shana Medel
    Rabbi Daniel Epstein of George Washington University Hillel considers himself to be a professional storyteller — one who knows more than 10,000 tales.
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  • The show goes on

    Jun 1, 2018, 15:43 PM by David Treatman
    I managed to maneuver most of my adolescence without falling into a depression, being mad at my parents or breaking the rules. I had the support of my incredible family, good connections with my teachers and some of the best friends anyone could ask for. I arrived at Columbia University in 2016 — totally alone.
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  • The Power of Digital Storytelling: Reflections from the Springboard Fellowship

    May 22, 2018, 12:53 PM by Hillel News
    Social media may be a new phenomenon, but storytelling is not. Telling stories is as old as humankind, and this ancient tradition may just be the best way to ensure the future of our vital mission.
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  • We Belong to Each Other

    May 22, 2018, 09:15 AM by Hillel News
    For the past 32 years, working at Hillel has been many things for Esther Abramowitz – fulfilling, fun, meaningful – but never boring.
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  • Let's talk about sex

    WashU Hillel seniors organize Sex Positivity Series
    May 15, 2018, 14:07 PM by Hillel News
    The night began and ended with a l’chaim for WashU Hillel juniors and seniors as they raised their glasses to being their “full sexual selves.”
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  • Meet the 2018 Masa-Hillel Fellows

    May 14, 2018, 14:56 PM by Hillel News
    Read about this year's Masa-Hillel fellows who are working in Israel to make a difference.
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  • Two Line Torah Bamidbar 5778 - Why Bother Counting?

    May 14, 2018, 10:12 AM by Alana Bandos
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    We’ve all been there. Staring at the sign-in sheet after a long event, counting the number of people who attended.
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  • Two Line Torah Behar-Bechukotai “A Double Portion”

    May 7, 2018, 11:27 AM by Kayla Bogad
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    Behar-Bechukotai – a double portion. What a fitting phrase for this week’s Torah portion.
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  • 'He was supposed to be here'

    Campus community keeps Ezra Schwartz's memory alive as Rutgers University Hillel organizes 5K memorial race
    May 4, 2018, 13:39 PM by Shana Medel
    Ezra Schwartz
    With her diploma in hand, 18-year-old Sarah Pomeranz scanned a crowd of giddy high school graduates in June 2015 to find her classmates Ezra Schwartz and Benjamin Nechmad.
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  • A burning passion

    WashU Hillel student infuses Jewish values into her music
    May 3, 2018, 08:48 AM by Hillel News
    When she first heard the news reports that the Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Newman in California lay in the path of a raging wildfire, Lucy Greenbaum joined her friends and former campers in prayer.
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  • Jewish millennials say Mosaic United programming can connect students to Judaism

    May 1, 2018, 12:32 PM by Shana Medel
    As a Springboard Fellow, Emily Halpern has worked to meet students where they are — physically and emotionally — as they explore their Jewish identity at George Washington University Hillel.
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  • Two-Line Torah – Parsha Emor: An Eye for an Eye, A Smile for a Tooth

    Apr 29, 2018, 22:30 PM by Jonah Rothstein
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    This week’s Parsha, Emor, contains two concepts that remain deeply influential in modern Jewish thought and tradition.
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  • Writing out loud

    Apr 23, 2018, 15:29 PM by Hillel News
    Rabbi Joshua Bolton, director of the Jewish Renaissance Project and Senior Jewish Educator at Penn Hillel, is out this month with his first book, One Hundred Suggestions for Seekers and Spiritual Activists (Alternadox Press), already being hailed as “a new type of Jewish roadmap for the millennial generation.”
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  • Two-Line Torah: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Good Riddance

    Apr 22, 2018, 22:30 PM by Naomi Zipursky
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    A wise group of sages once said, “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road...
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  • Happy birthday, Israel!

    Apr 18, 2018, 08:48 AM by Shana Medel
    Israel reached a milestone birthday this week, marking its 70th year of independence. Hillel students across the country celebrated with lively parties, Israeli food and movie screenings.
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  • Two Line Torah Tazria-Metzora - The Power of Acknowledgement

    Apr 15, 2018, 22:30 PM by Cantor Abbe Lyons
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    It's pretty easy to get grossed out reading the double portion of Tazria-Metzora
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  • ‘Scaling Chutzpah’ encourages entrepreneurs to conduct business with Jewish values

    Apr 12, 2018, 09:48 AM by Shana Medel
    Melissa Ben-Ishay thought she was receiving a promotion when she walked into her manager’s office in spring 2008. But after working as an assistant media planner for more than a year at Deutsch, Inc., she was fired.
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  • Alternative Shabbat service uses art to connect USC students to Judaism

    Apr 5, 2018, 15:26 PM by Hillel News
    Painting with watercolors before blessing the wine Friday night is a new normal for Shabbat goers at Hillel at University of Southern California.
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