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  • Hillel International Honors Outstanding Professionals and Campuses

    At virtual Global Assembly, world’s largest Jewish campus organization recognizes exemplary individuals, outstanding campus Hillels despite challenging year
    Dec 15, 2020, 12:28 PM by Hillel News
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    Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, today honored outstanding Hillel professionals and campus Hillels creating innovative Jewish experiences and meaningful connections throughout the past year and amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  • Black-Jewish Relationship Series sparks dialogue, connection at Northeastern University Hillel

    Dec 10, 2020, 11:26 AM by Ilana Hirschfeld
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    Students at Northeastern University’s Hillel this semester took a deep dive into the dynamics between the Black and Jewish communities, with the “Black-Jewish Relationship Series.” The goal was to give students of both communities “space to be together,” says Yeshi Mengistu, the Hillel’s Jewish Agency Israel Fellow and Director of Israel Engagement & Education.
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  • Hillels get creative with in-person and online programming

    Dec 8, 2020, 15:46 PM by Madison Lotenschtein
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    When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Hillel directors and staff across the United States got creative with online programming. Now nine months into the pandemic and with virtual programming the norm, some Hillels have generated even more innovative events to enhance Jewish life on campus — with and without the warm glow of a computer screen.
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  • Jewish-Latinx students find home to celebrate dual identity

    Dec 4, 2020, 11:24 AM by Jared Gans
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    J-Lats is one of several Hillel-affiliated organizations across the country that provide space for students who identify as Jewish and Latinx to connect with others who share their dual identity and to spread awareness.
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  • Thousands of high school students, parents join first-ever Hillel Virtual College Fair

    Nov 30, 2020, 09:58 AM by Jason Beeferman
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    Hillel International hosted over 2,000 high school students and parents at Hillel International’s first-ever virtual college fair this weekend, offering a safe alternative to traditional in-person college fairs that have been cancelled as North American continues to battle the resurging pandemic.
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  • “Radical pluralism” gives Hillel of Rockland its unique flair

    Nov 20, 2020, 13:06 PM by Madison Lotenschtein
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    With a diverse population of Jewish students, Hillel of Rockland is practicing “radical pluralism” bringing Jewish students of different backgrounds together.
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  • Deni Avdija on never giving up and prevailing under pressure

    Nov 18, 2020, 15:25 PM by Jared Gans
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    Deni Avdija might be one of this year’s hottest NBA draft picks, but he didn’t always know that basketball would be his destiny.
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  • Challah for Hunger

    Nov 9, 2020, 15:22 PM by Monica Sager
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    Challah for Hunger chapters across the nation are creating a communal space for all students, while fighting food insecurity on campuses— a reality that 39% of college students now face.
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  • Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l

    Nov 9, 2020, 14:53 PM by Rabbi Benjamin Berger, Hillel International Vice President for Jewish Education
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    Hillel International pays tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l, a leader of unparalleled stature and influence in today’s Jewish community and beyond.
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  • A Mezuzah for Mary Washington University

    Oct 28, 2020, 12:45 PM by Hillel News
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    An inspiring mezuzah-hanging ceremony on Tuesday officially opened the magnificent new Maxine and Carl D. Silver Hillel Center at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA.
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  • Young, Rural and Jewish

    Oct 23, 2020, 09:53 AM by Mikhal Ben-Joseph
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    From a young age, Marisa Swanson was instructed to lie about her Jewish faith if anyone in her small town asked.
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  • It All STEMs from Here

    Hillels are engaging STEM students by fusing academics with Judaism
    Oct 16, 2020, 12:30 PM by Dionna Dash
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    Campus Hillels have taken note of the rising importance of STEM fields and have responded by creating spaces for Jewish coders, mathematicians and scientists to unite.
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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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