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The Hillel@Home Podcast is your one-stop-shop to explore all of Hillel's star-studded virtual events. If you missed your favorite Jewish actors, athletes, artists and activists live on Zoom, tune in to hear their stories on Hillel@Home now remixed and remastered for audio.

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In July 2020, Hillel at Home had the privilege to interview New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims. In the final episode of season one of this podcast, Julie shares her experience as a Black and biracial woman growing up in white spaces. Julie was interviewed by Rabbi and Executive Director of Hillel at Stanford University, Jessica Kirschner.


This Hillel at Home podcast episode was recorded on March 24, 2020, during the first weeks of COVID19 lockdowns, when students entered into a Passover holiday that would look different than any they had known. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z''l provided a message of inspiration during a time of fear, connection in a time of dislocation, and responsibility in a time of need.


In the latest Hillel at Home podcast, NBA player Meyers Leonard, former forward for the Miami Heat, sits down with students from the University of Miami Hillel and Matthew Hiltzik in collaboration with the Jewish Relations Community Council to have a candid conversation about the history of antisemitism. In March 2021, Meyers said an antisemitic slur on a video game live stream; and to educate himself and heal, he engaged in this conversation.


Our newest episode of the Hillel at Home podcast features Brian Michael Bendis, an Amazon and New York Times bestseller, American comic book writer, and artist. Bendis has worked for Marvel, most notably introducing multiracial Spiderman. And, in 2017, Bendis announced he’d be inclusively working for DC; he currently writes Man of Steel, Superman, Action comics and is curating a custom line of DC comics later this year.


Our newest episode of the Hillel at Home podcast features Jodie Sweetin (she/her), best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner in the ABC comedy series Full House and its Netflix sequel series Fuller House. In June, 2020, Jodie spoke with John Warwick (he/him), Director of Hillel at Florida International University, about her career, life during Covid-19, getting a second chance at a first career, and raising a Jewish daughter. Listen in with the Hillel at Home podcast.


Got anxiety? Us, too. In this episode, we revisit one of our first Hillel@Home sessions. Brandon Srot, an Australia-based psychotherapist, takes us through what’s happening at the physiological level when we’re under stress. The good news: stress and anxiety are a perfectly natural response to threatening stimuli. The better news: one of the most powerful remedies is also entirely natural, free, and accessible. Sit back, take a deep breath, and learn with us.


Content warning: death, chronic illness.
As we approach the anniversary of widespread lockdowns across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re looking back at the speakers, trends, and messages that got us through those early days. Grab your Dalgona coffee, put on your favorite exotic animal inspired shirt, and join as we listen to Scott Fried share the lessons he learned living and loving through the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This episode deals with some heavy content — we’re here to help. Visit


In this episode, we connect with Maya Vander, Israeli realtor and one of the stars of the Netflix series Selling Sunset. Maya takes us behind the scenes from her early life in Israel to selling multimillion dollar homes in Miami and Los Angeles. This conversation was recorded on Sep. 8, 2020.


Welcome to the Hillel@Home podcast! In this episode, we sit down with Amar’e Stoudemire- six time NBA All-Star and owner of a kosher, organic farm about his unique Jewish journey. This conversation was recorded on April 1st, 2020.


Content warning: suicide.
In the Torah, names are powerful and signify moments of transformation. Our Jewish ancestors Avraham, Sarah, and Yisrael each received new names as part of their journeys. As a child, Spencer Kaseff struggled with self-loathing. Assigned female at birth, but unsure of his gender identity, Spencer was deeply sensitive and spent a lot of time alone. But in December of 2019, Spencer left that part of his life behind during a Hebrew renaming ritual.