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  • Two-Line Torah: Ki Tisa 5777--Plans derailed

    Mar 12, 2017, 22:00 PM by Monica Sass
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    When working on a project, whether it's for school or Hillel, something won't go quite as planned.
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  • Keeping our students safe

    A message from Eric D. Fingerhut
    Mar 10, 2017, 07:19 AM by Hillel News
    Hillel is not — and has never been — afraid to confront anti-Semitism and other forms of hate on campus.
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  • Students Raise Over $50,000 for Local Hillels

    First fundraising campaign for multiple local Hillels a success
    Mar 9, 2017, 13:43 PM by Hillel News
    Grassroots student-led campaign On One Foot drove students this February from seven college campuses to compete for first place raising money for their respective local Hillels. Hillel at UCLA reached the top spot, raising $23,141.
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  • Finding my Israel

    As it turns out, it’s on campus.
    Mar 6, 2017, 11:26 AM by Amit Shimshi
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    At 12 years old, I crossed the Atlantic for the first time, for what would be eight years (and counting) of living in the United States.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Tetzaveh 5777--The priest’s glory

    Mar 5, 2017, 22:00 PM by Amy Posner
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    The priestly raiment are an effort of labor and love – the finest that the people can offer.
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  • Enthusiastic Western Pennsylvania native gives the ‘Gift of Life’

    Mar 3, 2017, 14:33 PM by Toby Tabachnick
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    Simons began her journey as a stem cell donor through Gift of Life in September 2013 while she was still a student at Temple University. Temple’s Hillel was hosting a Gift of Life registry drive in its sukkah when the social work major had the inside of her cheek swabbed with cotton.
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  • Fighting Hunger with Hillel

    Feb 28, 2017, 16:30 PM by Hillel News
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    Roughly 25 percent of college students—one in four—suffer from food insecurity, defined as not having enough nutritious food to eat. Hillel students are rolling up their sleeves to do something about it. Local Hillel chapters are collaborating with Challah for Hunger, a non-profit in which volunteers bake and sell challah loaves, donating the revenue to food charities, to combat hunger.
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  • “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” A discussion for developing a practice of self-care

    Feb 28, 2017, 09:25 AM by Melissa Kansky
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    This activity uses Jewish text— both traditional and contemporary— to explore questions pertaining to self-care and how we can best improve our practice.
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  • Play ball: Virginia Tech student interns with the Israeli baseball team

    Feb 27, 2017, 17:10 PM by Hillel News
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    When Hillel at Virginia Tech Executive Director Sue Kurtz heard that the Israel Association of Baseball was seeking American baseball fans to intern with their teams, she immediately thought of Zach Jones.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Terumah 5777--Make me a sanctuary

    Feb 26, 2017, 22:00 PM by Rabbi Becca Walker
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    When we make our own sanctuaries in time, it can help bring us together and closer to the divine.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Mishpatim 5777--Seek the why

    Feb 19, 2017, 22:00 PM by Sasha Joseph
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    The people of Israel learn to listen and understand, not just follow or do.
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  • Competing for a Cause

    Students raise money for their local Hillels in new campaign
    Feb 16, 2017, 16:29 PM by Hillel News
    There’s nothing like a little healthy competition—that’s exactly what students from seven local Hillels in the United States are discovering this month with a new fundraising campaign, On One Foot.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Yitro 5777--Leading with Question

    Feb 14, 2017, 16:37 PM by Danielle Natelson
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    Instead of coming down on Moses or leading with his advice, Yitro’s first action is to ask a question.
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  • Hillel International to Pilot New Program Fostering Growth on 10 Campuses

    ‘Excellence Accelerator’ will provide increased resources to campus Hillels as they achieve strategic goals
    Feb 14, 2017, 15:48 PM by Hillel News
    A new program launched this week by Hillel International, the world’s largest Jewish campus organization, will help foster growth in Jewish life on 10 college campuses participating in its pilot year.
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  • Hillel International Springboard Fellowship Welcomes Second Cohort, Expands Focus to Include Social Justice

    Twenty-five new Springboard Fellows will be trained in innovation and social justice through two-year grants
    Feb 14, 2017, 15:41 PM by Hillel News
    Continuing its drive to cultivate the next generation of Jewish leaders, Hillel International is expanding its Springboard Fellowship with a second cohort of 25 new participants for the next year of the program.
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  • Advocates for Inclusion

    Hillel delegation takes to Capitol Hill
    Feb 12, 2017, 11:22 AM by Hillel News
    More than 20 students and staffers from DC-area Hillels and Hillel International headed to Capitol Hill Feb 2. on the seventh annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) to hear from a bipartisan group of lawmakers and to advocate for protecting Medicaid and preserving the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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  • Follow the sun

    Hillels are going solar
    Feb 10, 2017, 12:44 PM by Hillel News
    The Hillel in Peoria, Illinois is the third campus Hillel to derive its energy from solar panels, following University of Florida Hillel and University of Arizona Hillel.
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  • Two-Line Torah: Beshalach 5777--Sing the Song of Freedom

    Feb 7, 2017, 14:45 PM by Rabbi Lyle Rothman
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    It is our obligation to welcome the stranger by singing the song of freedom just as Moses did.
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  • Hillel Internship Promotes Inclusion, Engagement with Students with Disabilities

    Pilot cohort of Ruderman Inclusion Ambassadors, sponsored by Ruderman Family Foundation, is connecting students who might not otherwise experience Jewish life on campus
    Feb 1, 2017, 10:31 AM by Hillel News
    As we mark February as Jewish Disability Inclusion and Awareness Month, seven undergraduates across the country are serving as the first cohort of Hillel International’s Ruderman Inclusion Ambassadors. Based out of their campus Hillels, each ambassador is creating and implementing programs committed to building campus awareness and developing initiatives to encourage inclusion of students with disabilities in campus Jewish life.
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  • Hillel responds to the Executive Order on refugees

    Campus Hillels work with university administrators to support all students
    Jan 31, 2017, 15:43 PM by Hillel News
    Campus Hillels across the country are mobilizing students and working with university administrators to uphold Jewish values in protecting all students subject to the Executive Order on refugees.
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