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  • Tree-Hugging and Tu B’Shevat

    Feb 1, 2018, 09:46 AM by Hillel News
    Because planting trees in Utah in the middle of February is a frozen challenge, Hillel for Utah students celebrated Tu B’Shevat by making a statement through art.
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  • Students Lead in Creating a Welcoming World

    Jan 31, 2018, 13:33 PM by Justin Katz
    Students stand in front of a pride flag holding a cake with a pride flag on it and rainbow challahs.
    Across the country, Hillels have long been opening their doors to the LGBTQ community, whether by marching, hosting noted speakers, focusing Passover Seders on modern themes of oppression and liberation, or holding Shabbat services uniquely celebrating gender and sexual identity. By and large, the force driving this commitment to inclusivity are the students themselves.
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  • Shabbat resources from around the movement

    Jan 31, 2018, 12:35 PM by Hillel Hub
    a roundup of resources and links to conversations that can help you either think about Shabbat in a new way
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  • Birthright Israel Transformations Last a Lifetime

    Jan 31, 2018, 12:01 PM by Hannah Monicken and Elana Rubin
    Students at Trinity College discuss plans in front of an Israeli flag.
    Since the free 10-day Birthright Israel trips began in 1999, more than half a million young Jews have participated, many of them using Hillel as their trip provider. And while the Birthright Israel trip can be a game-changer in many immeasurable ways, its impact can also be quantified.
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  • Baking Braids for a Good Cause

    Jan 31, 2018, 11:11 AM by Rachel Kurkland
    Challah for Hunger is a national organization that bakes and sells challah, donating the profits to social justice causes. There are chapters on more than 80 campus Hillels.
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  • Summer 2018 Birthright Israel Registration is open!

    Jan 30, 2018, 11:51 AM by Hillel Hub
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    Check out these great resources!
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  • Meet Sarah Lippman

    Jan 30, 2018, 11:21 AM by Shana Medel
    When offered a position at Hofstra Hillel — a role that was customized to blend her passions for environmental care and community outreach — she accepted on the spot.
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  • Two Line Torah: Yitro 5778- "We are Jethro"

    Jan 28, 2018, 20:00 PM by Aviva Marchione
    The most fascinating element of this week's parsha is Jethro's conversation with Moses.
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  • Alternative Breaks Give Students Chance to Spring into Service

    Jan 24, 2018, 15:42 PM by Marissa Stern



    Ah, spring break. A coveted chance to sleep in without missing a class or maybe go somewhere warm and relax. Or, in some cases, it’s a week to volunteer.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Parashat Beshalach 5778 - "Be your own leader"

    Jan 23, 2018, 16:17 PM by Rachel Marcus
    Parshat Beshalach tells the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea.
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  • Friends with benefits (no, not that kind)

    Making friends in college helped me conquer my loneliness
    Jan 23, 2018, 12:55 PM by Leora Eisenberg
    My freshman year at Princeton University, my phone made it seem like my high school friends were having the Time of Their Lives, while I was a misanthrope unable to blossom into the person that college was supposed to make me.
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  • Tu B'Shvat Resources

    Jan 18, 2018, 15:05 PM by Hillel Hub
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    Tu B’shvat starts the evening of Tuesday, January 30th! Check out these resources...
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  • “Jewish Nobel” Laureate Anish Kapoor Pledges $1m Genesis Prize to Refugee Causes

    David Miliband’s International Rescue Committee Major Beneficiary of Kapoor’s Gift
    Jan 16, 2018, 22:11 PM by Hillel News
    The Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) and 2017 Genesis Prize Laureate and world-renowned artist and human rights activist Anish Kapoor today announced grants to five prominent NGOs engaged in alleviating the global refugee crisis.
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  • Hack Haven

    Jan 16, 2018, 16:06 PM by Hillel News
    In a lab space in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering on the University of California, Irvine’s campus, a group of Jewish and non-Jewish students stand arrayed in a semi-circle watching as Kelly Lai attempts to zip up her jacket with a prototype device they’ve created.
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  • Speak Different

    How an iPad helped me find my voice and beat the odds
    Jan 16, 2018, 11:02 AM by Jordyn Zimmerman
    How to include students with disabilities is an ever-present challenge, one that picks at some of Judaism's most sensitive issues. But in my case, the question for Hillel wasn’t whether to include me — only how.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Parashat Va’eira 5778 - "Faces Lost in the Crowd"

    Jan 7, 2018, 23:53 PM by Brandon Bernstein
    This week is a thrilling time in Torah: rivers turn to blood, fiery hail falls from the sky, a dictator’s heart hardens to the pleas of an oppressed people.
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  • Making Mensches — One Student at a Time

    Hillels across the nation are training the next generation of mensches
    Jan 4, 2018, 16:20 PM by Shana Medel
    Michigan Hillel students.
    Hillels from coast to coast have launched character building programs to train the next generation of mensches, nourishing the student soul through initiatives such as YouVM Connectors at University of Vermont Hillel.
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  • Carrying the Flame

    How Hillel helped me continue my Jewish journey after my mother’s death
    Jan 3, 2018, 11:16 AM by Tia Scheff
    My dad finally broke the silence to my sister and I with these five words: “Mommy went to people heaven.” At 11 years old, I learned I would never see my mom again.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Vayechi 5778 – “And He Lived”

    Dec 24, 2017, 23:43 PM by Amy Posner
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    The parsha teaches us the importance of passing on the legacy of the Jewish people generation to generation.
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  • Check out the new Hillel Hub Library

    Dec 20, 2017, 11:42 AM by Hillel Hub
    We’d love your feedback!
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