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  • No student should feel unwelcome at our Hillel because it's not accessible.

    Hillels Launch New Initiatives for Jewish Disability, Awareness, and Inclusion Month
    Mar 1, 2022, 15:44 PM by Gabriel Lesser
    Minnesota Hillel
    Hillels across the country spearheaded new initiatives to make their spaces more inclusive this Jewish Disability, Awareness, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Every February, Hillel observes JDAIM to amplify the voices of Jewish people with disabilities and spread awareness in the Jewish community.
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  • Hillel Bridges the Gap from High School to College at BBYO’s International Convention

    Mar 1, 2022, 11:53 AM by Hillel News
    Hailey Behrman at the Hillel International booth
    More than 2,500 Jewish teens gathered in Baltimore from Feb. 17-20 for BBYO’s International Convention (IC), the organization's first global in-person event in two years. IC serves as the keynote event of the year when teen leaders from 40 countries join together along with educators, thought leaders, philanthropists, and others to celebrate, dream, and take action.
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  • Remembering Cheryl Aronson z”l

    An Unrivaled Passion for Israel and Jewish Life
    Feb 15, 2022, 19:16 PM by Hillel News
    Cheryl Aronson
    The global Jewish community was left reeling on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 by the tragic passing of Cheryl “Tzippi” Aronson z”l. She was 58 years old. Aronson, who worked as a Jewish professional for nearly four decades, was a stalwart pillar in the world of Israel engagement and a beloved friend to her colleagues and friends. She left a vibrant legacy that will impact the Jewish world for years to come.
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  • After Losing My Dad, My Hillel Community Helped Me Grieve.

    Feb 2, 2022, 13:35 PM by Jordan Greene
    Jordan Greene and her father pose together outside
    My dad was diagnosed with cancer in April 2019, and I leaned on Syracuse Hillel as I grappled with fears of losing him. Rabbi Goldstein offered compassion and support during weekly chats over coffee. Hillel friends constantly texted me with loving messages. My Jewish community was there for me — every step of the way.
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  • Charoset Across Cultures

    Feb 1, 2022, 11:05 AM by Hillel News
    A bowl of charoset with a spoon sits on a table by a plate of matzah and a piece of matzah topped with charoset
    Students from across the Hillel movement and various cultures share their family recipes for the Seder plate essential. Just as different ingredients come together to create this valuable and delicious dish, so too do Hillel students to create meaningful Jewish communities on campus.
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  • A Celebration of Jewish Life in Latin America

    Jan 27, 2022, 11:28 AM by Jenna Rabhan
    Georg Lipsztein shakes the hand of a man in a suit
    On December 7, 2021 more than 40 Hillel stakeholders, staff, and students came together in New York City to celebrate Jewish life in Latin America and recognize this year’s esteemed honoree, Georg Lipsztein.
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  • Inside Berkeley Hillel's Innovative Approach to Disrupting Antisemitism

    Jan 13, 2022, 10:49 AM by Alexandra Goldberg
    Tan background with yellow stripe and black test reading "Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present"
    Jewish leaders at UC Berkeley have created a comprehensive toolbox for students to learn about antisemitism at Berkeley and beyond. The Antisemitism Education Initiative, launched in the late spring of 2019, aims to holistically combat antisemitism through trainings, speakers, panels, and the notable 11-minute video, “Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present.”
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  • New Hillel ROTC Cohort seeks to give its “lone soldiers” a lasting community

    Jan 7, 2022, 13:04 PM by Emma Lichtenstein
    ROTC Student Cohort is yellow text over a photograph
    The ROTC becomes doubly challenging for Jewish students, who often experience isolation during service. That’s why Fishler and Bergen readily agreed to spearhead a new ROTC cohort that brings together Jewish student members from all over the country.
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  • Shir Delight: Jewish A Cappella Groups Bring Students Together

    Jan 3, 2022, 15:33 PM by Gabriel Lesser
    members of Kol Sassoon from UMD
    Jewish a cappella has been thriving on North American college campuses for decades. These groups provide students an opportunity to connect with their Jewish identities through music and song. In addition to fostering a strong sense of community, Jewish a cappella allows for students to explore a wide variety of music.
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  • How I Brought the Holidays from Home to Hillel

    Dec 21, 2021, 15:46 PM by Gabriel Lesser
    A family smiles at the camera from behind several lit menorahs.
    As a college student, it’s hard to spend the Jewish holidays away from my family. Whether I was celebrating with my family in New York or Rio de Janeiro, I always cherished spending time with loved ones. What would the holidays look like for me this year, being on campus without my family?
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  • Through Innovation, Small Colleges Bring Big Jewish Community

    Dec 20, 2021, 10:22 AM by Rachel Bernstein
    Three students sit and stand by a Hillel table
    Hillels like Hamilton’s are changing the narrative about finding strong Jewish communities in small colleges and towns. The notion that students have to attend a densely-Jewish area to keep connected to a Jewish community is a tired one. Students from both urban and rural areas have found a home at the Hillel on a Hill.
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  • Hillel Professionals Make the Most of a Hybrid HIGA

    Dec 15, 2021, 16:08 PM by Hillel News
    Three black circles that say "Hillel International," "HIGA," and "Global Assembly" on a blue-striped background
    Hillel International’s eighth annual Hillel International Global Assembly (HIGA) made a triumphant virtual return this week, with the conference taking place online for the second year in a row.
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  • Hillel International Recognizes Outstanding Professionals, Campuses

    Dec 15, 2021, 14:44 PM by Hillel News
    A white and grey world map with a light blue ribbon and white text that says "Hillel International Global Assembly"
    Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, this week recognized outstanding Hillel professionals and campus Hillels that are leading the way in creating innovative programming and strengthening campus communities during this challenging time.
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  • Hillel Students' Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Surviving Finals

    Dec 8, 2021, 13:14 PM by Hillel News
    Students sit on a couch with laptops
    Hillel student leaders across the movement have compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks for surviving finals season.
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  • Hillel helped me learn that there is no wrong way to be Jewish

    Nov 29, 2021, 08:43 AM by Emma Lichtenstein
    Emma Lichtenstein
    I’ve often felt like Judaism exists in an unforgiving dichotomy: you’re too Jewish or not Jewish enough. When you’re stuck in the middle, you always feel like a “bad” Jew. Rationally, I know that is not the case, but there was a time when the many ways a person can be Jewish intimidated me.
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  • An Intimate Discussion Between Minister Shai and the Hillel International Student Cabinet

    Nov 24, 2021, 10:03 AM by Ben Lefkowitz
    Israel Minister Nachman Shai
    On Sunday, November 14, the Hillel International Student Cabinet had the privilege of meeting with the Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Nachman Shai to discuss the needs of the Hillel student movement with him and to learn how we can help each other in building bridges between Israel and the Jewish student community in the diaspora
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  • Defeating BDS on campus unifies, reenergizes UCSB’s Jewish student community

    Nov 23, 2021, 12:44 PM by Alexandra Goldberg
    UCSB students with an Israeli flag
    At UCSB, organizations like Hillel and Students Supporting Israel were critical in galvanizing support from the Jewish community. The support is increasingly necessary given the number of times BDS legislation has been brought to the Senate. The proposal of May 2021 was UCSB’s 7th attempt at passing discriminatory legislation directed at Jews, with the last effort occurring in 2019.
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  • My Parents’ Love Story Shaped My Hillel Journey

    Nov 16, 2021, 16:26 PM by Rachel Bernstein
    Two photos. First has a man and a woman hugging. Second has a girl smiling in a red t-shirt.
    I didn’t know where Hillel fit into my life. My parents fell in love at Hillel, but that wasn’t my focus. As I embarked on my college years, I wanted to spend time on campus taking advantage of new, exciting experiences. Perfect love stories and Judaism could wait.
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  • Hillel, AJC to Bring Together University Leaders to Discuss Antisemitism and Improve Campus Climate for Jewish Students

    Nov 10, 2021, 09:56 AM by Hillel News
    Hillel International logo
    Hillel International and American Jewish Committee (AJC), in collaboration with the American Council on Education (ACE), will bring together college and university leaders from across the United States for a two-day summit in February on the unprecedented increase in antisemitic activity and the marginalization of Jewish students on campus.
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  • Hillel International’s First Global LGBTQIA2S+ Cohort is Here

    Nov 8, 2021, 10:10 AM by Emma Lichtenstein
    Hillel International's LGBTQIA2S+ COHORT
    The Hillel International LGBTQIA2S+ Student Cohort invites queer Jewish students to come together once a month for social and educational programming, to build relationships across campuses, and form a sense of community, with the intent of creating a safe and supportive environment in the Hillel community.
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