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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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  • Hillels respond to surge in antisemitism

    Apr 14, 2021, 15:26 PM by Rudy Malcom
    A dictionary open to the term antisemitism
    In 2019, the Anti-Defamation League recorded the highest number of antisemitic incidents nationwide since it began tracking them 40 years ago. Last year, Hillel International counted 178 antisemitic incidents across the 550 North American campuses it serves—an all-time high, even though some campuses were closed due to COVID-19.
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  • Hillel Engagement Practices in COVID

    Mar 16, 2021, 16:52 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel Engagement Best Practices During COVID
    The COVID-19 pandemic forced institutions and leaders of all kinds to significantly change how they do their work in an era of social distancing. Jewish organizations, including Hillels, were not spared from this tumult. Still, in the face of these challenges, anecdotal evidence suggests that Hillels have been successful in engaging college students and responding to their needs.
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  • A Rising Spirit: Interfaith, Jewish College Voices

    Mar 11, 2021, 11:07 AM by Maddie Solomon
    A hand points to words in a book
    Jewish life presents a unique opportunity for students to explore the complexities of their identities, and active Jewish engagement during college can play a pivotal role for many interfaith, Jewish college students. These students, many of whom are the leaders of their Hillels and other Jewish groups on campus, have embraced Judaism in college.
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  • A Letter to My Past Self

    Mar 8, 2021, 12:41 PM by Sam Kricsfeld
    Sam Kricsfeld
    In a letter to his freshman self, Sam Kricsfeld, student at KU Hillel, encourages his younger self to get involved with Hillel and recounts what he has learned throughout his Jewish college experience.
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  • Announcing the Hillel International Spring 2021 TikTok Ambassadors

    Mar 3, 2021, 16:47 PM by Hillel News
    Headshots of the six ambassadors, with text saying Hillel International TikTok Ambassadors Spring 2021
    Hillel International is proud to announce the hiring of six Jewish college students as TikTok Ambassadors. These students are part of a semester-long paid partnership that will bring original content to Hillel’s channels and elevate the voices of the Jewish future.
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  • Hillels across the U.S. get creative in addressing food insecurity

    Mar 1, 2021, 13:51 PM by Deanna Schwartz ​
    An array of green lunchboxes with a yellow Hillel logo on top
    In 2016, 47% of college students reported experiencing food insecurity, meaning they didn’t know where their next meal would come from. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing problems — nearly three in five students reported experiencing food or housing insecurity in 2020.
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