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  • Q&A with Jordan Mann: Chasing a more inclusive Hillel

    Nov 22, 2019, 11:10 AM by Hillel News
    When Brown RISD Hillel program associate Jordan Mann isn't training for the Olympic Track and Field Trials, you can find him leading initiatives that seek to support, explore and celebrate Jewish students of color.
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  • Seeds of Recovery

    Hillel JUC students commemorate the Tree of Life shooting with 11 days of good deeds
    Nov 19, 2019, 11:40 AM by Hillel News
    One year after a gunman opened fire at Tree of Life Synagogue, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history, Pittsburgh-area students are still looking for meaningful ways to grieve and channel their sorrow into acts of loving kindness.
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  • Hillel Russia celebrates 25th anniversary

    Nov 18, 2019, 15:13 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel Russia celebrated its 25th anniversary on Nov. 12 at the Moscow School of Modern Drama Theater.
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  • Hillel students remember Kristallnacht

    Nov 15, 2019, 13:47 PM by Lizzie Mintz and Shana Medel
    Kristallnacht was a night filled with violent anti-Semitic demonstrations across Germany. Synagogues were torched, Jewish store windows were smashed and sacred Jewish items were destroyed. Students around the world commemorated the 81st-anniversary of the “Night of Broken Glass” with events at their local Hillels.
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  • The concept of understanding

    A former white nationalist and an Orthodox Jew speak about their unlikely friendship to Jewish Texans
    Nov 14, 2019, 11:35 AM by Alexandra Lang
    Derek Black, a former white nationalist, and Matthew Stevenson, an Orthodox Jew, addressed members of the Dallas-Fort Worth community on Nov. 12, discussing their unlikely friendship and Black’s journey away from his past ideology.
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  • ‘Love has no borders’

    College students learn about immigration on a Hillel trip to the California-Mexico border
    Nov 13, 2019, 11:30 AM by Shana Medel
    For Luis Delgadillo, the immigration crisis hits close to home. When he was about 6-years-old, Delgadillo emigrated from Mexico to Texas with his family.
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  • Hillel Israel Announces Rabbi Noga Brenner Samia as New Executive Director

    Experienced Educator to Lead Campus Jewish Life in Israel
    Nov 11, 2019, 09:02 AM by Hillel News
    Hillel International today announced that Rabbi Noga Brenner Samia is joining Hillel Israel as Executive Director.
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  • George Mason University Hillel celebrates 25 years

    Nov 5, 2019, 16:51 PM by Hillel News
    More than 250 Hillel students, professionals and stakeholders gathered at George Mason University in Virginia on Nov. 3 to celebrate the campus Hillel’s 25th anniversary and reflect on its past, present and future.
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  • ‘The flag in human form’

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visits UW Hillel
    Nov 5, 2019, 12:36 PM by Hillel News
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hillel on Nov. 4 for a moderated question and answer session with local students, faculty and community members.
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  • Career Oriented

    Hillel students hone career skills with Israeli internships
    Oct 11, 2019, 09:26 AM by Hillel News
    As a child, Sam Stack's favorite family tradition was waking up early with his dad on Sundays to watch auto races on TV. Years later, only a sophomore at Virginia Tech, he spent his Sundays building and designing professional race cars for an Israeli startup in Tel Aviv.
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  • Shanah Tovah!

    Oct 2, 2019, 10:32 AM by Shana Medel
    ‘Tis the season for personal reflection, deep prayer and spiritual rebirth. Hillel students celebrated Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, by picking fresh apples, organizing pluralistic services and participating in High Holiday book clubs. Below are highlights from some of their pre-celebrations and upcoming events:
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  • Hillel International Launches New Center for Community Outreach

    The new evolution of The David Project will create learning opportunities for campus professionals to build relationships and bring together diverse communities on campus.
    Sep 24, 2019, 16:26 PM by Hillel News
    After two years evolving under the umbrella of Hillel International, The David Project will become the Hillel U Center for Community Outreach, a new initiative to inspire relationship building across cultural, religious and ethnic divides on campuses throughout the Hillel movement.
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  • Weinberg ACCELERATE: Hillel’s Executive Training Program

    Cohort 6 — 2019 - 2020
    Sep 19, 2019, 15:42 PM by Hillel News
    Eleven Hillel professionals from across North America have been selected to participate in the Debra S. and Joseph S. Weinberg ACCELERATE Executive Training Program, an executive training program that prepares individuals to become Hillel directors.
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  • Uniting Israel’s future leaders on campus and around the world

    Hillel students and professionals find community in shared passions at The Jewish National Fund’s National Conference
    Sep 17, 2019, 15:42 PM by Hillel News
    Tahira Perry, who identifies as a Christian, didn’t know much about Judaism or current affairs in Israel before Stetson University Hillel brought her to The Jewish National Fund’s National Conference, which ran from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C.
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  • Paint Night: Menashe Kadishman-Style

    Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh students connect Israel with art by recreating famous Israeli painting
    Sep 17, 2019, 14:08 PM by Hillel News
    More than 15 students gathered at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh last week for a paint night inspired by the late Israeli artist Menashe Kadishman.
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  • Rolling out the welcome mat

    By hosting off-campus, community welcome events over the summer months, Hillels are getting ahead of the game when it comes to first-year student and parent engagement
    Sep 13, 2019, 10:50 AM by Eliana Brown
    For a new college student, the experience of arriving to campus can quickly become a whirlwind of introductory icebreakers, building tours and information sessions.
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  • I never planned to be a disability advocate. I just wanted to get through the day. Now it’s my calling.

    Sep 6, 2019, 11:13 AM by Madelaine Reis
    My connection to Judaism and my supportive Jewish community has taught me to accept my chronic illness, advocate for myself and others and use my training to create more accessible and inclusive communities.
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  • Beyond the classroom

    Meet four female alumni of Golda Och Academy who became Hillel presidents
    Aug 23, 2019, 10:33 AM by Shana Medel
    The backpack Annie Cannon slung over her shoulder in high school contained the usual books — a math textbook, a science textbook, a tractate of Talmud.
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  • Hillel International Receives Grant to Further Commitment in Creating Safe, Respectful and Equitable Spaces for Professionals and Students

    The Safety Respect Equity Coalition awards Hillel International a capacity-building grant to support organizational-wide efforts
    Jul 31, 2019, 11:23 AM by Hillel News
    In recognition of its commitment to address sexual harassment and gender inequity, Hillel International has been awarded a capacity-building grant from the Safety Respect Equity (SRE) Coalition.
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  • I got a double mastectomy while in college. I couldn’t have done it without my dad.

    Jul 24, 2019, 17:18 PM by Chloe Laverson
    When I tell people that my dad performed my double mastectomy, their first question is, “Isn’t that illegal?” The second is, “Wasn’t that weird?”
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