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  • Princeton Hillel launches Shabbat Wellness Initiative to support students during coronavirus

    Oct 16, 2020, 11:56 AM by Naomi Hess
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    The Princeton University Hillel: Center for Jewish Life launched a new Shabbat Wellness Initiative this fall to help students deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their mental health.
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  • Hillel, Secure Community Network Launch Program to Enhance Security on College Campuses

    Security Director to Provide Support and Training Throughout Hillel Movement
    Oct 8, 2020, 10:11 AM by Hillel News
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    Hillel International and the Secure Community Network announced today the launch of the Hillel Safety and Security Program to provide security support, training, and incident response across the Hillel movement.
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  • Gift of Life and Hillel find bone marrow donors for thousands in need

    Oct 6, 2020, 12:22 PM by Monica Sager
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    With a giant cotton swab, Ryan Woloshin scratched the inside of his cheek in January 2014. The sample was then repackaged and sent to a lab to identify human leukocyte antigen markers in his blood and bone marrow.
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  • Hillels strengthen wellness programs to meet student needs amid coronavirus

    Oct 6, 2020, 11:06 AM by Jason Beeferman
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    Before the pandemic, Marlon Sherman regularly participated in weekly meditations along with his fellow Brown University-Rhode Island School of Design Hillel students.
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  • Shalom from the Midwest

    Hillel helps students attending Midwestern universities find and maintain their Jewish identities
    Oct 5, 2020, 10:57 AM by Madison Lotenschtein
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    When sophomore Anna Lauria first arrived at the University of Iowa, she was scared to walk into Iowa Hillel because she didn’t know as much about her faith as she would have liked.
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  • ‘Voting is loving thy neighbor'

    Hillel International’s MitzVote initiative is helping Jewish students prepare for November’s election
    Oct 1, 2020, 14:43 PM by Dionna Dash
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    Even in a normal election cycle, college students consistently face barriers when navigating the voting process, including confusion over registration and where to vote.
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  • Challah, Candles and Six Feet

    How Hillels are safely adapting Shabbat gatherings in the coronavirus era
    Sep 30, 2020, 11:51 AM by Andrew Rowan
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    Candles? Check. Challah? Check. Six feet of distance between chairs? Check.
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  • ‘Hillel welcomed me with open arms’

    One year after a gunman attempted to storm the Halle synagogue, Hillel Germany is moving forward with strength on Yom Kippur.
    Sep 17, 2020, 16:00 PM by Shana Medel
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    Rabbi Rebecca Blady narrowly escaped a massacre last Yom Kippur.
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  • Hillel in 2020: A year in three acts

    Sep 17, 2020, 15:11 PM by Adam Lehman
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    As philosopher and playwright Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
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  • Hillels reimagine High Holiday observances amid coronavirus restrictions

    Sep 14, 2020, 12:42 PM by Monica Sager
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    For most High Holidays Sophie Koval, 20, would typically join her peers at West Chester University Hillel for a Rosh Hashanah dinner and Yom Kippur break fast meal.
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  • Masks, Majors and Mentors

    Hillels welcome freshmen with virtual programs during coronavirus
    Sep 8, 2020, 17:22 PM by Dionna Dash
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    With only one day’s notice, Ronni Isenberg suddenly had to pivot all of her plans for in-person activities to a virtual format.
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  • Hillel International Writers Program announces first cohort

    Meet the student journalists who will cover Hillel happenings in 2020
    Sep 2, 2020, 11:51 AM by Hillel News
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    Hillel International announced the six members of the inaugural Writers Program, a five-month opportunity for Jewish undergraduate students interested in journalism.
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  • Time to launch

    Questions and Answers with budding entrepreneur Michael Matias
    Aug 26, 2020, 13:50 PM by Shana Medel
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    Within each entrepreneur is the secret ingredients to success — insatiable curiosity and passion.
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  • Hillel International and Reboot Join Forces to Reimagine “Higher Holidays” Experience for Jewish Students

    Featuring Broadway performers, Hollywood screenwriters, and musicians, Higher Holidays reimagines worship for Jewish college students like it's never been done before
    Aug 25, 2020, 12:24 PM by Hillel News
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    Meeting the moment as Jewish college students confront isolation and uncertainty with a reimagined approach to celebrating Judaism’s holiest days, Hillel International and Reboot have teamed up to deliver “Higher Holidays,” a dynamic set of unique streamed experiences for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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  • A snapshot of reality

    Aug 24, 2020, 14:50 PM by Daniella Fields-Elmaliach
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    Whether driven by Jewish values, a passion for Hillel, a sense of urgency or all of the above, our incredible students are the snapshot of reality I choose to focus on as we make plans to reopen six Israel-based Hillels.
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  • 2019 Top 60 Jewish Schools

    Aug 24, 2020, 11:09 AM by Hillel News
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    The lists of the 2019 Top 60 Schools by Jewish Student Population, as published in the Hillel College Guide Magazine and on Hillel's College Guide web page.
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  • ‘Our Jewish values always surround us — even more so during times of struggle.’

    I learned to lead with accountability and inclusivity as part of the first Hillel International Presidents Cohort.
    Aug 20, 2020, 15:12 PM by Sophie Koval
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    My summer was out of the ordinary. With the spread of coronavirus, I had to stay away from friends and extended family, back out of working at a Jewish summer camp, and scrap any plans of heading back to campus this fall.
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  • I survived the Halle synagogue shooting. One year later I faced my attacker in open court.

    Aug 18, 2020, 12:59 PM by Rabbi Rebecca Blady
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    Across the room sat a man, a murderer, who had tried to kill me and 51 others praying in the Halle Synagogue last Yom Kippur.
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  • Mask Up!

    Protect yourself this fall semester with these custom Hillel masks
    Aug 10, 2020, 18:14 PM by Shana Medel
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    The must-have Hillel swag item of the season is none other than custom masks. Hillels stretching from California to Florida have created protective face coverings, many with Jewish sayings and symbols, to help students navigate campus life. Before the semester begins, make sure to snag one of these masks.
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  • Hillel Launches New Initiative to Support, Train University Administrators to Address Antisemitism on Campus ​

    Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative will assist college leaders in promoting positive campus climates where Jewish and pro-Israel students can thrive
    Aug 10, 2020, 10:11 AM by Hillel News
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    As incidents of antisemitism continue to increase at colleges and universities even in the current socially distant environment, Hillel International, the global Jewish student organization, is launching a new initiative to ensure that university administrators and staff are trained to recognize and confront antisemitism that too often impacts their students.
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