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Spring 2011 Israel Programs

by Hillel News |Mar 02, 2011|Comments


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University of Arizona sponsored "Israelpalooza."

Hillels schedule Israel programs, trainings and trips throughout the year as part of their efforts to engage, educate and advocate for Israel. The spring semester, which features both Israel Independence Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day, is always particularly filled with Hillel Israel programs. Below is a sampling of Israel programs that will take place in this semester.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL

The University of Arizona Hillel foundation presented its annual Israelpalooza on the UA Mall providing information on Israel's people, culture and food. As part of learning about the culture there was a Israeli self-defense demonstration. http://www.fox11az.com/news/local/UA-Hillel-Foundation-presented-Israelpalooza-116872558.html

BARUCH COLLEGE HILLEL

Heal the World Exhibit In collaboration with the Black History Month committee, the Hillel created the "Heal the World Exhibit" featuring a display of "Scenes from Haiti" sponsored by the Consulate of Israel in New York and Stand with Us. People approaching the exhibit received brochures for a later event featuring Israeli Ambassador Danny Biran who gave a presentation on Israel's rescue operation in Haiti.

Diversity in Israel. Hillel at Baruch and Peace in the Middle East club are hosting Israeli delegation of five guests representing Israel's diverse population.

Israel at Heart. Three Israeli students of Ethiopian origin and one from Darfur share their personal stories about life in Israel.

Buy Israel. The Israel club tabled with Israeli goods and brochures.

Jews and Moslems: Similarities and Differences. Hillel at Baruch, the Moslem Student Association and Women in Islam are collaborating on an interfaith event to discuss our commonalities and differences.

BERKELEY HILLEL

During Israel Week a general meeting of Israel supporters was held.

The Tikvah group did a theme of display for each day (Israel is searching for peace, the forgotten refugees, etc.).

The Israel Action Committee, working with David Project, put on a "Let's Talk Tent" to encourage discussion.

Evening events will feature: Mitchell Bard, Ya'akov Lapin, Netali Shlosser, Lior Aschenazi, Jimena.

BROOKLYN COLLEGE HILLEL

Diversity in Israeli Society: An Ethiopian Israeli student gave people a taste of the breadth and diversity of Israeli culture and society. The event showed that Israeli society is a blend of people from many nationalities. It also showed that Israel is a refuge for people around the world.

Movie "The Syrian Bride": Movie is intended to show that the Middle East conflict is very complicated. This movie will be shown in the Women's Center.

Israel Peace Week

Fundraiser for Save a Child's Heart: This tabling event raised awareness of Israel's heartfelt contributions to people all over the world, including people living under the Palestinian Authority. Provided information about this Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children.

Why Does Israel Need Checkpoints: Tabling to show students at Brooklyn College that in order to maintain peace and save lives, Israel has to have checkpoints.

Raising Awareness about Sderot: This event shows students the obstacles to the peace from Israel's enemies.

Ishmael Khaldi: An Israeli Bedouin, born and raised in Khawalid in the western Galilee, spoke about politics, culture, and the position of Bedouin as part of Israeli minority society.

CLEVELAND HILLEL

Gershon Baskin, Israeli CEO and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI), spoke at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Oberlin.

CORNELL HILLEL

Israel Peace Week. Israel Peace Week (IPW) is an international initiative to promote awareness about Israel and her pursuit of peace: Israelpeaceweek.org. Events and tabling every day of the week to spread awareness about Israel.

HILLEL AT DREXEL

Wall Street Journal editor Brett Stephens spoke on why liberals should be pro-Israel.

ELON UNIVERSITY

Israel at Heart will speak on campus.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Prof. Alan Dershowitz spoke to small groups of students, administrators and faculty, and gave a large public lecture.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Israel Peace Month

Israeli Cultural Night with Fysh: Freshmen are invited to eat, hear great Israeli music, have some fun with Israeli trivia, and more!

Seeds of Peace in the Middle East: Americans and Palestinians who participated in the Seeds of Peace summer camp described this unique program designed around ideas of reconciliation and co-existence.

Project Better Place: American entrepreneur Michael Granoff described this Israeli organization focused on energy independence and electric car technology.

Diversity Israel: The stories of four Israelis who represent the diversity of Israel.

Jump for Israel: A group of students is doing a skydive for Israel to raise money for IDF soldiers.

Israel at Heart Shabbat: Three Ethiopian-Israeli Jews shared their stories about their emigration to Israel and their lives in Israeli society.

HOUSTON HILLEL

In additional to year-long Israel advocacy events:

Houston Hillel students created an Israel advocacy video recently produced by two UH students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPUwz7ErQEU

University of Houston students placed Israel advocacy op eds and advertisements to the UH Daily Cougar.

The Israeli Consulate has arranged for Houston Hillel to distribute 100 free tickets to a concert by Hadag Nahash, one of Israel's top bands.

Houston Hillel students and staff will distribute pro-Israel information along with Israeli snack foods in the UH Student Center.

Houston Hillel will exhibit in front of the main library a series of poster-sized photographs of Israeli aid to Haiti, provided by the Israeli Consulate.

HUNTER COLLEGE HILLEL

Ishmael Khaldi, an Israeli Bedouin, discusses life in Israel as a minority. Co-sponsored by David Project and Hasbara Fellowships.

"Get Me. Get Israel." A panel of Israelis discussing their experience as minorities in Israel.

Fuel for Truth. An organization that equips young Americans with the basic skills and facts necessary to advocate on behalf of Israel and the United States.

Concert featuring the Israeli band Hadag Nahash.

Student-led program based on the winter Hasbara Fellowships trip.

The Jewish Dialogue Group. Civil discourse: How to have tough discussions about Israel.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Students at NYU organized Israel Peace Week, a series of events to portray Israel in a positive light.

JEWISH UNIVERSITY CENTER OF PITTSBURGH

Mounted a large-scale Israel marketing campaign to educate students about the side of Israel not portrayed in the news. An independent pro-Israel student group that operates under the Hillel umbrella at the University of Pittsburgh disseminated information through a number of media about Israel's diversity, innovations, world contributions and the equal rights enjoyed by all Israeli citizens regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.

RUTGERS HILLEL

Israel at Heart: Meeting with Ethiopian and Darfurian students from Israel.

Get Me, Get Israel: Meeting with Israeli gay, Black and Arab students.

SANTA BARBARA HILLEL

Israeli soldier Sgt. Benjamin Anthony will offer his reflections as a front-line soldier.

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HILLEL

Israel and the Palestinians: "The Economics of Peace" featuring Gil Lainer, consul for public diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel in New York City.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN

Israel Block Party. Massive Israel Block Party attracted thousands.

TRINITY COLLEGE HILLEL

Trinity College Hillel is hosting a screening of the documentary film "Faces of Israel," with a discussion with director Amy Oppenheimer.

UCLA HILLEL

I Support U.S.-Israel Relations. UCLA students developed flyers, signs, programming and a full-page ad to run twice in the school newspaper that read "I Support U.S.-Israel Relations" and signed by 120 prominent student leaders. Students also countered the Apartheid Wall with materials and filmed the anti-Israel speakers.


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