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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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  • 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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