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  • With canceled parades, Hillels take Pride Month celebrations online

    Jun 22, 2020, 12:23 PM by Zachary Berman
    Pride Month is usually marked by parades and celebrations in major cities. Since the coronavirus has restricted large public gatherings, Hillels are leveraging Hillel@Home and social media to creatively engage students in virtual celebrations and learning opportunities instead.
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  • ‘We have to act’

    Hillels create and expand programs on racial injustice
    Jun 18, 2020, 17:20 PM by Shana Medel
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    Robert Taylor, Jr. fell silent after learning of the murder of George Floyd. The brutal killing was just the latest of countless cases of Black citizens dying in police custody.
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  • Leading in Lockdown

    How a Facebook group I started during coronavirus helped me become a Hillel community organizer
    Jun 15, 2020, 10:54 AM by Ari Hoffman
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    How was I supposed to build Jewish community from my bedroom?
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  • ‘The Masa-Hillel cohort opened up this whole world to me’

    Masa-Hillel Fellowship has become a talent pipeline for Hillels across the country
    Jun 11, 2020, 11:06 AM by Shana Medel
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    The Masa-Hillel Fellowship has created a talent pipeline, populating Hillels across the nation with budding leaders who have strong connections with Judaism and Israel.
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  • From the stage to the screen

    Hillel a cappella groups perform virtually to foster community during coronavirus
    Jun 10, 2020, 12:28 PM by Zachary Berman
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    Most college students are now used to living much of their campus lives online, from taking final exams to going to the gym. But Hillel-affiliated a cappella groups are fine-tuning the virtual pandemic world.
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  • Hillel International Announces 2020-2021 Student Cabinet

    Jewish campus organization unveils the 18 members of the cabinet’s fifth cohort, representing diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences
    Jun 3, 2020, 14:23 PM by Hillel News
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    Jewish campus organization unveils the 18 members of the cabinet’s fifth cohort, representing diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences.
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  • A Moment for Action: Hillel's Statement in Support of Racial Justice

    Jun 1, 2020, 03:50 AM by Hillel News
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    Our tradition teaches us that we may not “stand idly by the blood of our neighbors.” Now is the moment for action; standing idly by will not suffice.
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  • Minecraft Mania

    Hillel students across the country are virtually recreating their campuses through gaming servers
    May 27, 2020, 15:24 PM by Dionna Dash
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    Hillel students across the country have been using Minecraft to foster school communities during this separation, and even model their own Hillel buildings.
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  • Never Have I Ever...Done an Interview with Hillel

    Questions and Answers with Jaren Lewison, USC Hillel student starring in Netflix’s 'Never Have I Ever'
    May 21, 2020, 11:56 AM by Dionna Dash
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    When he’s not filming scenes in Malibu at 5 a.m. or sleepily finishing math homework in the library at 3 a.m., Jaren Lewison is likely hanging out with his friends at University of Southern California Hillel.
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  • ‘Even over Zoom, I could feel my Hillel family’s warmth’

    Hillels celebrate graduating seniors amid coronavirus pandemic
    May 18, 2020, 13:56 PM by Shana Medel
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    Just before sunset on May 14, Rachel Klein of Hillels of Westchester crammed balloons, congratulatory signs, graduation cords and handmade mezuzot into her Volvo.
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  • ‘Awkward, brave and kind’

    Social scientist Brené Brown discusses the power in vulnerability with Hillel International CEO Adam Lehman
    May 7, 2020, 14:49 PM by Hillel News
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    Brené Brown, a social scientist and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, was standing on Oct. 24, 2016 in a room full of U.S. Special Forces members at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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  • Genesis Prize Laureate Natan Sharansky directs grant to Hillel International Volunteers in Ukraine and Belarus

    Sharansky donates to organizations responding to pandemic, including Hillel Central Asia Southeastern Europe (CASE) which is providing support to elderly members of the Jewish community
    May 7, 2020, 10:40 AM by Hillel News
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    Legendary human rights activist Natan Sharansky will direct a portion of the $1 million Genesis Prize awarded in his honor to Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe), whose student volunteers reach out to, engage with, and support and engage elderly members of the Jewish community in Ukraine and Belarus in the face of the global pandemic.
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  • Giving back

    Hillel students live their Jewish values through volunteerism during outbreak of novel coronavirus
    May 6, 2020, 17:45 PM by Shana Medel
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    Ronen Pink, 21, has transformed part of his childhood home into a workstation, where his 3D-printer hums from morning to night to create protective masks.
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  • No college visits? No problem.

    First-ever partnership between Hillel International and BBYO offers high school students virtual college visits
    May 6, 2020, 15:38 PM by Hillel News
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    After growing up in a quaint seaside town with few Jewish residents, Lindsay Zimble knew she wanted to leave her hometown of Sandwich, Massachusetts to attend college in a city with a thriving Jewish population.
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  • Creating a sensory-friendly campus

    May 4, 2020, 14:50 PM by Ava X. Rigelhaupt
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    How we treat people is at the core of Jewish values. Leviticus 19:14 states “you shall not curse the deaf nor place a stumbling block before the blind.”
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  • 'Everlasting light'

    Two Hillel professionals reflect on commemorating Yom HaShoah amid coronavirus pandemic
    May 1, 2020, 19:32 PM by Hillel News
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    We have each other, even on the most difficult days. Each of us is light, and together, we are an everlasting light of hope and optimism.
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  • Happy birthday, Israel!

    Apr 29, 2020, 17:09 PM by Shana Medel
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    Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Hillel students celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, marking the 72nd anniversary of Israel’s independence.
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  • Hillel International Announces First-Ever ‘Global Giving Week’

    Largest Jewish campus organization secures matches for Giving Tuesday Now; week-long event kicks off with David Broza online concert
    Apr 27, 2020, 12:12 PM by Hillel News
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    Hillel International is announcing its first-ever Global Giving Week to coincide with Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, a day of unity to encourage support for nonprofits making a difference in the face of the pandemic.
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  • In First-of-its-Kind Partnership, Hillel International & BBYO Team Up to Offer High School Seniors Virtual College Visits

    In a new partnership, college students and Hillel staff from dozens of Hillels are sharing the campus communities they love with the high school students of BBYO
    Apr 22, 2020, 15:39 PM by Hillel News
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    In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization, and BBYO, the Jewish teen movement, are connecting graduating high school seniors with current college students for virtual campus visits.
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  • Hillel Heroes

    Alumni on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus share their stories
    Apr 22, 2020, 09:59 AM by Shana Medel
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    Many of our Hillel alumni are on the frontlines of fighting the coronavirus. Guided by their Jewish values, these healthcare professionals are committed to pikuach nefesh, saving a life.
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