Hillel's global engagement agenda takes center stage as the school year comes to a close. A new study supports Hillel's approach to engaging emerging adults; Students get engaged (literally) on an Israel trip; Rio Hillel takes on Ahmadinejad; and Hillel salutes Avraham Infeld, the former Hillel president who expanded Hillel's global reach, Israel programs and social justice work.
The New York Jewish Week's Campus Confidential wants to make college students stars this summer! Campus Confidential will focus on how Jewish college students are spending their vacation.
Standing for human rights in Iran.
Confronting Iran in Rio
In response to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's recent meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hillel organized a protest on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro this month calling attention to human rights violations in Iran. Read more at JTA.
Study Shows Hillel Strategy Works
A study by the Jim Joseph Foundation of Hillel's Campus Entrepreneurs and Senior Jewish Educator initiatives finds that Hillel's innovative approach to engaging emerging adults is "effective in reaching large numbers of previously less-connected Jewish students and facilitating their personal Jewish growth." Read more.
Getting in Engaged with (and in) Israel
Taglit-Birthright Israel is all about connecting: with Israel, with the Jewish community, with fellow Jewish students. On their recent Taglit-Birthright Israel trip with the University of Florida Hillel, students Jeremy Dictor and Andrea James made a profound connection while at Masada: They became engaged. Watch the moment unfold on videotape.
In response to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's recent meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hillel organized a protest on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro this month calling attention to human rights in Iran. Read more at JTA.
The Foundation's Winning Foundations
Two Hillel buildings in Wisconsin have been recognized for their outstanding architecture. The Hillel building at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee was honored by the city's mayor for "architectural excellence" and the University of Wisconsin, Madison's Barbara Hochberg Center was named in "Project of the Year" by a local business publication.
Farm School: Students Learn Sustainable Agriculture
Spaces are still available for the June 15-22 Organic Farm Alternative Break with The Jewish Farm School. Participants learn a wide range of skills in sustainable and organic agriculture such as planting, harvesting, natural building and composting as they gain exposure to the growing food justice movement within the Jewish and secular worlds. Click here for additional information and how to register.
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