|Hillel and Women's Health
During the month of October, Hillels are joining activists nationwide to raise awareness and to encourage women to perform breast self-exams and schedule annual mammograms. For Ashkenazi Jewish women, who experience occurrences of the disease at a higher rate, there is additional advice.
“Being Jewish increases your odds of having altered BRCA genes [associated with breast and ovarian cancer],”explains Michelle Gilats of the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases. “Therefore, if a significant family history exists, it is recommended that a woman receive genetic testing as early as possible.”
(PHOTO: Hillel professionals Isabel Gassman, Katie Wexler and Jamie Silverstein raise money for the American Cancer Society's annual "Making Strides Against Cancer" walk in Washington, D.C. )
|IN THIS ISSUE:
• Hillel and Women's Health
• Editor's Column
• Julie Greenwald
• B.J. Novak
• Baseball Charity
• Haifa Hillel Weddings
• Hillel Second Generation
• News Bites
• College 101
• Learn Something Jewish
|In this issue...
Over the summer, I had the pleasure to interview Loren Galler-Rabinowitz, a Harvard Hillel student with an impressive athletic background, touching family history and a tremendously kind human spirit. At the end of our phone call, a humble Loren graciously thanked me for my interest in her story and mentioned that her boyfriend's work with Dominican youth truly inspires her. She thought he'd be a much more interesting person to interview. Reading their stories, it's hard to say who is "more" interesting but it's clear that both are a great compliment to Harvard Hillel.
You'll read about Brett Kalikow and the non-profit organization he started at age 15 in this edition of Hillel Campus Report. Please post comments or send me an e-mail at the address below.
Wishing you a sweet new year,
Danielle Freni, Editor
Hillel Campus Report
With an ear for both Neil Diamond and rap music, Julie Greenwald has a clear appreciation for music...of any kind. The Catskills native tells Jewish Women International Magazine she always knew she’d have an impact on the world – perhaps as a teacher, or an advocate for children’s rights. But a summer internship changed all that for Greenwald, who was quickly swept up into the business side of the entertainment industry. While working as an assistant for Lyor Cohen of Rush Management (LL Cool J, Run DMC) Greenwald shifted career paths.
"When I was 25 [Cohen] said, 'Hey, if you’ll stay with me forever I’ll give you a piece of the company...he’s been an incredible mentor."
Born Benjamin Joseph in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachussetts, B.J. Novak comes from a Jewish family of some very funny people. His brother Jesse is a former member of the sketch comedy group Olde English and his father is the co-editor and ghostwriter of The Big Book of Jewish Humor. Best known for his role as Ryan Howard in NBC's The Office, Novak graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and Spanish literature before moving west to pursue his passion via the Los Angeles comedy circuit.There, he caught his big break when Greg Daniels, who was in the process of developing an American version of The Office, caught one of his shows. Novak recently told The New York Times:
"I remember [Daniels] liked a line I had: ‘I spent four years in college. I didn’t learn a thing. It was really my own fault. I had a double major in psychology and reverse psychology.’ ”
Harvard Hillel Student Heads-Up Baseball Charity for Dominican Youth
While vacationing in the Dominican Republic in 2002, Brett Kalikow had a thought. He and his father had wandered from the resort looking to get involved with a local baseball game. What they encountered shocked them. Young teens were playing baseball with tree branches for bats and catching rocks inside milk cartons fitted like gloves. The sight gave Kalikow an idea. READ MORE...
Haifa Hillel Ushers Students through Wedding Workshops
When Technion University student Moran Laniado became engaged to marry her boyfriend, Nir, she sought the advice of her family, her friends…and her Hillel director. Laniado explained that she turned to Haifa Hillel director Inbar Bluzer to help the couple answer questions and create a ceremony that reflected their unique customs and beliefs. The experience of Moran and Nir’s marriage preparation, prompted Bluzer to launch the Haifa Hillel Wedding Workshop program in the spring of 2008. READ MORE...
Hillel Second Generation Honors Board of Directors and Toasts for Rosh Hashanah – "L'Chaim!"
Following a summer-long makeover, the Hillel Second Generation (H2G) "house" was re-introduced to the North Dade Florida community with a "L'Chaim!" for Rosh Hashanah. READ MORE...
Joint panel discusses being Israeli and gay at Brown University / Hillel Board of Governors Chair Edgar M. Bronfman's new book is reviewed in The Forward / University of Washington Hillel's Yom Kippur project about regret receives coverage in The Seattle Times
College 101: Jewish Admissions
Today, a great number of little-known colleges and universities are interested in increasing the number of Jewish students on campus as part of their commitment to wider diversity. In addition, many of them support their Jewish students in campus programming, providing Jewish Studies courses, offering kosher eating plans, and actively engaging in Jewish student recruitment. Reform Judaism Magazine explains what you need to know about some schools you may not have considered. READ MORE...
Learn Something Jewish: Inner Beauty, Outer Beauty and Health
Judaism recognizes the primacy of an inner beauty, but we are nonetheless called upon to care for our bodies and not discouraged from tending to our appearance. READ MORE...
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