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  • Spotlight on Bianca González-Lesser, Associate Director of DEI at Hillel International

    Oct 19, 2021, 16:51 PM by Hillel News
    Bianca González-Lesser
    Meet Bianca, a queer non-binary person who was born in Puerto Rico and converted to Judaism. As a Latinx Jew, they share their difficulty navigating between their two identities and why they converted to Judaism twice.
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  • How investing in talent is investing in students

    Oct 19, 2021, 16:51 PM by Adam Lehman and Mimi Kravetz
    Students in masks sitting on a lawn and talking
    Adam Lehman, President and CEO of Hillel International, and Mimi Kravetz, Chief Experience Officer, explain how the Marcus Foundation's support of Hillel's talent work and development has created a ripple effect leading to higher engagement of Jewish students on campus.
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  • New Online Portal ReportCampusHate.org Enables College Students to Report and Address Antisemitism on Campus

    Oct 6, 2021, 10:32 AM by Hillel News
    Orange and blue text saying "Report Campus Hate" over a blurred picture of a school hallway
    Hillel International, the Anti-Defamation League and the Secure Community Network are launching ReportCampusHate.org, an online portal that allows Jewish students and their allies to report antisemitic incidents on college campuses and receive immediate support.
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  • Hillel International Writers Program Announces 2021-22 Cohort

    Sep 30, 2021, 16:14 PM by Hillel News
    headshots of the Hillel International Writers Program Fall 2021 Cohort
    Hillel International this week announced the five students chosen to participate in the 2021-22 cohort of the Hillel International Writers Program, a yearlong opportunity for Jewish undergraduate students interested in journalism.
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  • Hillel International and the Academic Engagement Network Urge California Public Universities to Take Action Against Biased Political Statements from Academic Departments

    Sep 13, 2021, 14:12 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel and AEN logos
    Hillel International and the Academic Engagement Network (AEN) have sent a statement to the University of California president and the chancellors of all 11 UC institutions, calling for “firm and decisive action” against academic departments using their platforms to make one-sided political statements about the Middle East conflict
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  • Hillel’s Campus Climate Initiative (CCI) Doubles in Size, Engaging University Leaders to Address Antisemitism

    Sep 2, 2021, 16:37 PM by Hillel News
    Jewish students on campus increasingly are finding themselves unwelcome and unseen. To respond to this troubling trend, Hillel International is deploying a unique model of partnership with university administrators to address antisemitism on campus, through its Campus Climate Initiative (CCI).
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  • U.S. college leaders must confront anti-Semitism on their campuses

    Aug 25, 2021, 16:28 PM by Mark Rotenberg
    Mark Rotenberg's op-ed in the Miami Herald
    Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have increased more than 75 percent since early May, according to the Anti-Defamation League, ranging from hate-filled threats to physical beatings of Jews in Times Square and Los Angeles. What has received far less attention is the insidious rise in attacks on Jewish college students.
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  • ADL And Hillel International Join Forces To Address Antisemitism On Campus Through Education And Engagement

    Aug 2, 2021, 09:48 AM by Hillel News
    Hillel-ADL Logo
    Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world, and ADL (Anti-Defamation League), a leading anti-hate organization fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate, are joining forces to work collaboratively on several initiatives.
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  • UCF Hillel Spreads a Comforting Light in the Darkest of Times

    Jul 26, 2021, 15:37 PM by Jake Gould
    UCF Hillel Event 1
    There is a famous joke used to sum up the story of nearly every major Jewish holiday: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.” The COVID-19 pandemic tried to kill the Jewish community at UCF, but we won; and we have been feasting this entire year.
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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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