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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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  • Connected for Good

    Hillel students and professionals gather for annual AIPAC Policy Conference
    Aug 3, 2020, 09:43 AM by Shana Medel
    Members of Hillelujah, the Jewish a cappella group at Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh, gathered onstage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this week to open the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference with a powerful rendition of the National Anthem.
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  • Sacred Work

    How Hillel is helping me launch my Jewish professional career
    Jul 23, 2020, 14:05 PM by Lizzie Frankel
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    I stopped by Stanford University Hillel to reunite with my Jewish family last summer — and I left with a new job. Leah Newman, our director of operations, was seeking an intern to help with donor correspondence and data management. An official chance to be Jewish, grateful and compulsively organized? I was thrilled.
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  • Historic Philanthropic Partnership Launched Among Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Edward Fein Foundation, and Hillel International

    IACT campus engagement initiative, launched and scaled by Combined Jewish Philanthropies, to transition to Hillel to strengthen students’ Jewish identities and relationships with Israel
    Jul 15, 2020, 09:19 AM by Hillel News
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    IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed), the signature campus engagement initiative created by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP) and scaled nationally in partnership with the Edward Fein Foundation, will move to Hillel International this summer.
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  • Hillel International Announces Inaugural 2020 Student Leadership Scholarships

    High school and college students from N.C., Fla., Calif., and British Columbia receive prestigious $4,000 awards ​
    Jul 13, 2020, 10:44 AM by Hillel News
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    Hillel International is proud to announce the first-ever recipients of the Handeli First-Year Student Scholarship and Campus Leadership Award. These outstanding Jewish high school and college students from across North America exemplify Hillel’s values by creating a better world through leadership and volunteerism in their communities.
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  • Meet Hillel International's Summer 2020 Interns

    Jul 10, 2020, 15:04 PM by Zachary Berman
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    Although this year’s summer interns couldn’t physically be at the Schusterman International Center in Washington D.C, a cohort of 10 talented college students have been working virtually to make Hillel International’s mission a reality in these challenging times.
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  • Virtual Programs Allow Students to ‘Travel’ to Israel During the Pandemic

    Jul 9, 2020, 10:29 AM by Zachary Berman
    Strolling down the Promenade beside Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coast, student tourists would think they’re walking through a tropical paradise.
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  • An Oasis in the Chaos

    The Jewish Learning Fellowship’s smooth transition online provided students a break from the turmoil brought on by the coronavirus pandemic
    Jun 25, 2020, 11:29 AM by Dionna Dash
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    Erica Frankel and her colleagues responsible for the Jewish Learning Fellowship, a 10-week seminar at college campuses across North America focusing on some of Judaism’s biggest questions, knew students needed stability and a chance to address these uncertainties.
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  • Freshmen Survival Guide

    Everything you should know about starting your college career from those who've been there
    Jun 24, 2020, 14:55 PM by Dionna Dash
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    Everything you should know about starting your college career from those who've been there.
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