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  • Counseling at Hillel Supports Gen Z’s Focus on Mental Health and Resilience

    Apr 22, 2021, 12:57 PM by Sam Kricsfeld
    Two people talking across a table
    Even before the pandemic, Hillel professionals had reported seeing stress increase across the board, as students grappled with fears, loneliness, tech burnout, and more. More and more Hillels across the United States are adding social workers or licensed therapists to their teams to help their students cope with stressors.
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  • British chief rabbi to become 'scholar in residence' to students

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Meredith Jacobs
    Explaining that "university is where identities are made or lost," Britain's Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks announced to a room filled with Hillel directors and university students that he will be retiring in September to become the "scholar in residence" for future Jewish leaders.
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  • Why Peer-to-Peer Jewish Engagement Works

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Andrew Abrams
    As an American, I feel the trends of personalization taking over my life.
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  • Being a Senior Jewish Educator: The Road to Engagement through Relationship Building

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Ben Berger
    It was 35 degrees outside as Jordan, a tank-top clad Campus Entrepreneur Intern (CEI), sat across from me to discuss the “Jewish Conversation” that he would lead.
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  • Hillel: Building the Jewish Social Network

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Hillel News
    Originally published on November 19, 2012 in eJewish Philanthropy Five years ago, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Ca ...
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  • Hillel Stands in Solidarity With Israel

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Hillel News
    We are hearing from students and staff on campuses around the world about their concern for family and friends in Israe ...
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  • Mazel Tov to Hillel's 2012 Award Winners

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Monica Herman
    At Hillel Institute 2012 in St. Louis, Hillel was proud to present Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Awards to seven campus professionals, and Vision & Value Awards to six outstanding local Hillels.
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  • Schusterman Addresses Israeli President's Conference

    Apr 19, 2021, 17:04 PM by Anonymous
    Hillel International Board of Governors Founding Co-Chair Lynn Schusterman joined comedian Sarah Silverman, singer Shakira, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as a presenter at the third Israeli Presidential Conference with President Shimon Peres.
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  • Hillels respond to surge in antisemitism

    Apr 14, 2021, 15:26 PM by Rudy Malcom
    A dictionary open to the term antisemitism
    In 2019, the Anti-Defamation League recorded the highest number of antisemitic incidents nationwide since it began tracking them 40 years ago. Last year, Hillel International counted 178 antisemitic incidents across the 550 North American campuses it serves—an all-time high, even though some campuses were closed due to COVID-19.
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  • Hillel Engagement Practices in COVID

    Mar 16, 2021, 16:52 PM by Hillel News
    Hillel Engagement Best Practices During COVID
    The COVID-19 pandemic forced institutions and leaders of all kinds to significantly change how they do their work in an era of social distancing. Jewish organizations, including Hillels, were not spared from this tumult. Still, in the face of these challenges, anecdotal evidence suggests that Hillels have been successful in engaging college students and responding to their needs.
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  • A Rising Spirit: Interfaith, Jewish College Voices

    Mar 11, 2021, 11:07 AM by Maddie Solomon
    A hand points to words in a book
    Jewish life presents a unique opportunity for students to explore the complexities of their identities, and active Jewish engagement during college can play a pivotal role for many interfaith, Jewish college students. These students, many of whom are the leaders of their Hillels and other Jewish groups on campus, have embraced Judaism in college.
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  • A Letter to My Past Self

    Mar 8, 2021, 12:41 PM by Sam Kricsfeld
    Sam Kricsfeld
    In a letter to his freshman self, Sam Kricsfeld, student at KU Hillel, encourages his younger self to get involved with Hillel and recounts what he has learned throughout his Jewish college experience.
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  • Announcing the Hillel International Spring 2021 TikTok Ambassadors

    Mar 3, 2021, 16:47 PM by Hillel News
    Headshots of the six ambassadors, with text saying Hillel International TikTok Ambassadors Spring 2021
    Hillel International is proud to announce the hiring of six Jewish college students as TikTok Ambassadors. These students are part of a semester-long paid partnership that will bring original content to Hillel’s channels and elevate the voices of the Jewish future.
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  • Hillels across the U.S. get creative in addressing food insecurity

    Mar 1, 2021, 13:51 PM by Deanna Schwartz ​
    An array of green lunchboxes with a yellow Hillel logo on top
    In 2016, 47% of college students reported experiencing food insecurity, meaning they didn’t know where their next meal would come from. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing problems — nearly three in five students reported experiencing food or housing insecurity in 2020.
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  • Stories of hope and connection animate Hillel’s Jewish Disability Advocacy Month

    Feb 25, 2021, 16:35 PM by Brianna Kovit
    Brandon Farbstein
    Observed each February, Jewish Disability Advocacy Month is a worldwide Jewish effort to promote education, awareness, and inclusion of people with disabilities. Throughout the month, Farbstein and other speakers engaged with hundreds of Hillel students about the intersections of Judaism and disability and the importance of inclusion.
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  • This Purim, I’m honoring the spirit of the Jewish people and our insistence on survival

    Feb 24, 2021, 15:02 PM by Blake Flayton
    A young Blake dressed as Queen Esther
    On Purim, we remember that one Jew has the power to single-handedly prevent the story of the Jewish people from ending. That "one Jew" is Queen Esther, who is rightfully enshrined as one of the most important figures in our culture.
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  • First-Years Lean into Leadership with Hillel

    Feb 17, 2021, 11:58 AM by Maddie Solomon
    Lisa Green
    As Hillels around the world prepared to begin the 2020-2021 school year under unprecedented circumstances—fully remote, on-campus but without the ability to gather, and everything in between—Hillel student leaders and staff members alike worried in particular about how to engage and support first-year students.
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  • Dartmouth Hillel announced as its own independent non-profit organization

    Feb 2, 2021, 15:16 PM by Andrew Rowan
    A collage of images of students
    Dartmouth College and Hillel International announced this week that Dartmouth College Hillel is transitioning from being part of the College into becoming its own independent non-profit organization, launching a new era of growth for Jewish life at Dartmouth.
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  • Hillel International Writers Program announces Spring 2021 Cohort

    Meet the student journalists who will cover Hillel happenings in Spring 2021
    Feb 2, 2021, 13:33 PM by Hillel News
    Image showing head shots of each of the six writers in the Spring 2021 Cohort of the Hillel International Writers Program
    Hillel International this week announced the six students chosen to participate in the Spring 2021 cohort of the Hillel International Writers Program, a five-month opportunity for Jewish undergraduate students interested in journalism.
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  • From “Hamilton” to Marvel: How Hillels are Using Pop Culture to Drive Connection

    Jan 26, 2021, 16:26 PM by Andrew Rowan
    Stephanie Klemons and Lin-Manuel Miranda
    As the Coronavirus pandemic has pushed Hillels across the world to get creative with their virtual programming, it’s not uncommon to see a pop culture icon sit down for a video chat with Hillel students.
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