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  • Hillels commemorate Holocaust victims online for Yom HaShoah

    Apr 21, 2020, 17:34 PM by Shana Medel
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    Hillel students organized virtual ceremonies on Yom HaShoah to honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
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  • A Transformative Experience

    Students share how their experiences on Birthright Israel strengthened their connection with Hillel and Judaism
    Apr 13, 2020, 14:39 PM by Dionna Dash
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    Every year, thousands of Jewish students travel to Israel to pray at the Western Wall, float in the Dead Sea and meet soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces.
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  • Pesach Sameach!

    Hillel students celebrate freedom in quarantine
    Apr 12, 2020, 18:33 PM by Shana Medel
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    Hillels from around the world adapted their in-person celebrations for online platforms this Passover.
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  • Hillel professionals offer virtual one-on-one support, pastoral care for students during coronavirus crisis

    Apr 8, 2020, 12:14 PM by Shana Medel
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    Just minutes before Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat before Passover, Rabbi Alex Weissman of Brown University-RISD Hillel received a frantic message from a student.
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  • Moving beyond walls

    After spending a gap year in Israel after high school, Hillel helped me acclimate to college life
    Apr 6, 2020, 14:55 PM by Hillel News
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    Growing up, I connected with my Judaism when I entered the synagogue for Shabbat and when I left, I disconnected.
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  • Hillel@Home Activates Jewish Students to Serve Their Communities During Pandemic Crisis Through New Volunteer Portal

    Working with key partners including Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel@Home is connecting college students with volunteer opportunities and leveraging the power of Gen Z
    Apr 3, 2020, 15:15 PM by Hillel News
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    As the coronavirus pandemic forces college and university campuses to remain closed, Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization, is fostering community and providing high-quality Jewish learning online.
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  • Lending a Hand

    Hillels offer emergency funds for students, professionals amid coronavirus epidemic
    Mar 31, 2020, 19:42 PM by Shana Medel
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    On Fridays, the Steinbergers set up a table near the end of their driveway with bags of challot, a cardboard box with a slit for cash and a colorful sign, created by their children, that reads, “Challah Sale $5.”
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  • Major Jewish Organizations Form Emergency Pandemic Coalition

    Mar 25, 2020, 13:12 PM by Hillel News
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    Eight major Jewish organizations led by The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) formed an emergency coalition today to help the Jewish community collectively respond rapidly and effectively to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Jewish life.
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  • Log into Facebook, it’s spring break

    Hillels engage in virtual Alternative Spring Beaks during coronavirus
    Mar 24, 2020, 13:14 PM by Shana Medel
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    Hillel students just needed a strong Wi-Fi connection this year to participate in Alternative Spring Break.
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  • Hillels foster Jewish connection through art exhibits

    Mar 20, 2020, 11:27 AM by Kayla Steinberg
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    April Ball ’21 traveled around the Netherlands and Belgium for three weeks asking a dozen Holocaust survivors the same question: “What do you want my generation to know?”
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  • The Great Outdoors

    Hillels close to nature are connecting adventure with Judaism
    Mar 18, 2020, 11:29 AM by Hillel News
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    Under a sky of twinkling stars, freshman Joshua Crowley and eight other students held a Havdalah service on Feb. 22 in the Smoky Mountains. They swayed in a circle and recited prayers as they sipped wine from a Kiddush cup and smelled the sweet ceremonial spices of cinnamon and cloves.
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  • Hillel@Home to Provide High Quality Virtual Learning and Community Experiences to Jewish Students in Time of Crisis

    Hillel International launches new platform for social interaction, virtual learning and spiritual connection
    Mar 16, 2020, 16:20 PM by Hillel News
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    In response to colleges and universities around the world shutting down on-campus activities, Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization, is providing high-value virtual Jewish learning and community life to students wherever they are, and helping them explore new ideas and new places during this period of disruption and isolation.
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  • ‘No one is alone’

    Hillels serve Jewish students with free food, online programming during coronavirus pandemic
    Mar 16, 2020, 15:03 PM by Shana Medel
    Hillels stretching from California to Russia are reimagining the Hillel playbook in light of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Amidst campus closures and public gathering restrictions, Hillels are providing to-go meals for Jewish students, many of whom are food insecure, and using online platforms to organize Jewish programming.
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  • Avoid feeling isolated during the coronavirus pandemic

    Mar 13, 2020, 16:26 PM by Hillel News
    The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has led to a once in a century event, with many communities around the world in quarantine or being asked to practice social distancing. The advice from the Center for Disease Control is sensible, but an unintended side effect of social distancing is that people are feeling isolated and alone. Here are nine tips courtesy of Hillel International’s Josh Feldman to help you practice physical distancing while staying close to friends, family, and your community:
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  • Purim Sameach!

    Mar 10, 2020, 16:02 PM by Shana Medel
    The holiday of Purim celebrates a reversal of fortune — the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from persecution. Hillels from across the nation marked this boisterous holiday by chanting from Megillat Esther, making hamantaschen and performing spiels.
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  • Today. Tomorrow. Together.

    Hillel students and professionals gather for annual AIPAC Policy Conference
    Mar 3, 2020, 14:37 PM by Shana Medel
    Rose Ritch attended her first AIPAC Policy Conference when she was just 1-year-old, wearing a bib with the words, “AIPAC Activist in Training.” Now, she’s president of Trojans for Israel at University of Southern California.
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  • J-Asians Shabbat at Princeton

    New campus group welcomes students of both Jewish and Asian heritage
    Feb 14, 2020, 15:30 PM by Hillel News
    On a recent Friday night, approximately 180 Princeton University students ate ramen matzah ball soup, General Tso’s chicken and tofu lo mein at Shabbat at the Princeton Center for Jewish Life (CJL). This was no ordinary Shabbat: This was J-Asians Shabbat.
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  • On the Move

    Questions and Answers with Drew ‘Binsky’ Goldberg, former UW Hillel student on a quest to visit every country in the world
    Feb 11, 2020, 17:07 PM by Shana Medel
    After exploring more than 185 countries, Drew ‘Binsky’ Goldberg is preparing for the last stage of his eight-year journey around the world.
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  • Israeli Paralympian Noam Gershony talks disability, going for gold at Montreal Hillel

    Feb 11, 2020, 11:53 AM by Hillel News
    After a helicopter crash, Noam Gershony wasn’t expected to survive. Now, he’s an Israeli Paralympian.
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  • Hillel students gather on Capitol Hill for 10th annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day

    Feb 4, 2020, 16:18 PM by Shana Medel
    Students and professionals representing Hillels from the Washington, D.C. area gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day.
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