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  • Welcoming the Vav (Sixth) Cohort of the Springboard Fellowship Program

    Jul 18, 2021, 20:00 PM by Hillel News
    DC Tidal Basin at sunset with text saying Springboard Fellowship
    Hillel International is thrilled to announce the Vav (Sixth) Cohort of our Springboard Fellowship. Over the next two years, these 49 amazing young professionals from across the nation will join 43 campus Hillels to spur innovation, Jewish educational programming, and social justice initiatives.
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  • Back to Israel with Onward

    Jul 12, 2021, 14:52 PM by Deanna Schwartz
    Group photo of Onward participants
    This summer, 328 students across 14 campuses are participating in the 8-week internship on Hillel-partnered programs. The storied internship program is returning for another summer full of networking, valuable work experience, and connections to the holy land.
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  • Hillel Poland Marks its 5th Anniversary

    Jun 28, 2021, 05:00 AM by Chloé Laverson
    Five years of Hillel Poland
    On Tuesday, June 8, Hillel Poland celebrated its 5th anniversary with a virtual luncheon and celebration to recognize the impact Hillel Poland has made on Jewish students and young adults, reclaiming Jewish life in a region once decimated by the Holocaust.
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  • Someone Like Me

    Jun 25, 2021, 13:37 PM by Kenaz Flores
    Kenaz Flores
    Although I am proud of my diverse background, it is hard to go through life without meeting many people like me. I have never felt quite Hispanic, French or Jewish enough. I do not see much representation of my identity on the big screen, in politics, or honestly, anywhere.
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  • Announcing the Hillel International 2021 Scholarship Recipients!

    Jun 16, 2021, 11:42 AM by Cori Shalit
    Headshots of the four Hillel scholarship winners
    Hillel International is thrilled to announce the 2021 recipients of the Handeli First-Year Student Scholarship and the Campus Leadership Award, two scholarship that recognize outstanding Jewish high school and college students from across North America who exemplify Hillel’s values.
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  • One Year Later: Birthright Israel is BACK!

    Jun 14, 2021, 12:26 PM by Brianna Kovit
    Students pose holding an Israeli flag
    The yearlong halt was the first time that Birthright Israel, the largest educational tourism organization in the world, cancelled its 10-day heritage trips in 22 years. Since its inception in 1999, Birthright has provided over 750,000 free trips to Israel to young Jewish adults.
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  • Welcoming the Hillel International Summer 2021 Interns

    Jun 11, 2021, 11:38 AM by Hillel News
    Hillel International Summer 2021 Interns
    Hillel International is so excited to welcome our Summer 2021 interns! These interns come from diverse Jewish backgrounds and are active in their local Hillels, where they have developed their passion for the Jewish community, Tikkun Olam, and the Hillel movement.
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  • After a Year Like No Other, Hillel Celebrates its Graduates

    Jun 8, 2021, 16:03 PM by Sam Kricsfeld
    USC students spray champagne and celebrate
    Graduations, forever bittersweet, mean the end of an era. As many college seniors started the next chapter of their lives, Hillels across the country continued the year of reinvention, holding re-imagined farewell events for their outgoing students to honor and celebrate their achievements.
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  • You Should Know: 10 LGBTQ+ American Jews Who've Made History

    Jun 7, 2021, 15:24 PM by Andy Anderson
    10 LGBTQ+ American Jews Who've Made History
    In honor of American Jewish Heritage Month (May) and LGBTQ+ Pride Month (June), Andy Anderson, of the Hillel International Global Student Experiences Team, has put together a list of ten queer Jewish Americans who have made (or are currently making) history.
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  • Scubi Jew blends the scientific with the spiritual

    Jun 1, 2021, 16:36 PM by Rudy Malcom
    Fish and sharks swim around a group of students in scuba gear underwater
    These are the words of Ed Rosenthal, executive director and campus rabbi of the Suncoast Hillels. Over 20 years ago, when Rosenthal was working at Emory Hillel, too many students applied to Emory’s Birthright Israel trip. As campus rabbi at the time, Rosenthal had to figure out how to engage the students who weren’t accepted.
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  • Hillel International Announces 2021-2022 Student Cabinet

    Jewish campus organization unveils the 22 members of the cabinet’s sixth cohort, representing diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences
    May 26, 2021, 12:13 PM by Hillel News
    Collage of Hillel International Student Cabinet members
    Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, announced today the 22 members of the 2021-2022 Hillel International Student Cabinet. The cabinet shares their advice, opinions and perspectives with Hillel International’s leadership to help Hillels engage Jewish college students everywhere.
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  • Wisdom from Hillel veterans on how to navigate your first year of college

    May 26, 2021, 10:34 AM by Maddie Solomon
    Megan Lucks
    As students prepare to enter their first year of college, they may be anxious, excited, or a combination of both. Here is what Hillel students want incoming first-years to know as they prepare for the college experience:
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  • Hillel International Statement on Violence in Israel and Antisemitism Around the World

    May 24, 2021, 15:19 PM by Hillel News

  • The Inclusive World of Jewish TikTok

    May 14, 2021, 16:21 PM by Brianna Kovit
    Screenshot of a @HillelIntl TikTok
    “Jewish TikTok” has introduced Jews who never would have otherwise known one another and bonded them for a common goal: Jewish advocacy and education.
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  • Better Than a Comfort Zone: My Hillel Journey

    May 12, 2021, 11:36 AM by Cori Shalit
    Cori Shalit
    Jewish life on campus wasn't what I initially expected, but it ultimately gave me the opportunity to learn more about the broader Jewish community. Along the way, I got very involved with Hillel programming and strengthened my own Jewish identity, learning more about myself.
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  • Hillels Unite Around Good Deeds Day: An Opportunity to Give Back

    Apr 29, 2021, 11:45 AM by Lily Coltoff
    Students in Good Deeds Day shirts package food
    On Sunday, April 11, Hillel students from around the world participated in Good Deeds Day, a global day for volunteering and community service. This year, even with COVID-19 restrictions, 64 Hillels registered to participate.
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  • HillelWell microgrants help Hillels adapt and expand wellness offerings

    Apr 28, 2021, 17:06 PM by Cori Shalit
    Challah Baking with Rest for 2000 at NYU Hillel
    In the year since Covid-19 entered our lives and altered what ‘normal’ student life looks like, Hillels across the country and around the world have been implementing new wellness programming to meet students, and their newfound wellness needs, where they’re at, with support from Hillel International’s HillelWell microgrants.
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  • Students form Black Jewish Cohort to Connect and Celebrate

    Apr 26, 2021, 11:41 AM by Rudy Malcom
    GW Hillel students
    This is the point of the Black-Jewish Cohort, which was created in February to provide a community for students across the Hillel movement who identify as both Black and Jewish. As part of Hillel International’s virtual Hillel@Home platform, the Cohort hosts monthly social and educational programs—from conversations for just Black Jews to talks for everyone by Black-Jewish professionals from various fields.
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  • Hillel fan favorites bring joy and mischief on four furry legs

    Apr 23, 2021, 13:02 PM by Deanna Schwartz
    Mando
    Stetson University Hillel is one of many campus Hillels that considers dogs to be a valued part of their community. Many of these belong to employees who bring them to work, or they live in the Hillel house. No matter what breed or what Hillel, every Hillel dog brings joy to their communities.
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  • Counseling at Hillel Supports Gen Z’s Focus on Mental Health and Resilience

    Apr 22, 2021, 12:57 PM by Sam Kricsfeld
    Two people talking across a table
    Even before the pandemic, Hillel professionals had reported seeing stress increase across the board, as students grappled with fears, loneliness, tech burnout, and more. More and more Hillels across the United States are adding social workers or licensed therapists to their teams to help their students cope with stressors.
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