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  • Perfect Pitch

    Jan 25, 2019, 16:13 PM by Hillel News
    Netta Barzilai, the Israeli winner of Eurovision 2018, made her first-ever Canadian appearance Thursday, headlining a fundraiser for Hillel Ontario.
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  • 'I'm proud to own my identities'

    Jan 14, 2019, 13:28 PM by Shana Medel
    Like Walt Whitman, Simcha Sher contains multitudes. She proudly wears the following labels: feminist, Orthodox Jew, sorority girl, social justice warrior.
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  • 'In my heart I hold Jerusalem and Africa'

    GW Hillel student infuses Jewish ethics into his rap music
    Jan 10, 2019, 11:47 AM by Hillel News
    Some of Noah Shufutinsky’s earliest memories involve listening to Reggae every Sunday afternoon playing on a local radio station in San Diego, where he spent most of his childhood. Growing up, he remembers, his parents would play West Coast hip hop and rap around the house.
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  • Building community

    Dec 27, 2018, 13:19 PM by Shana Medel
    Inspired by his time as a UChicago Hillel student, Seth Katz assumed the role of volunteer executive director of Bradley Hillel in 1998, balancing the position with his career as an English professor at Bradley University, where he has taught since 1992.
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  • ‘Fauda’ star Tsahi Halevi speaks about diversity, his career with Temple Hillel students

    Dec 18, 2018, 09:14 AM by Hillel News
    Tsahi Halevi, who plays a lead character named Naor in the Israeli political thriller “Fauda,” spoke to more than 20 Temple University students about his life story, acceptance of diversity and his acting career.
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  • Learn, Inspire, Think

    Nearly 1,200 Hillel professionals, stakeholders and partners gather for Hillel International Global Assembly
    Dec 13, 2018, 00:43 AM by Shana Medel
    The Hillel International Global Assembly, which began with a moving tribute to the victims of the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh, featured a variety of thought-provoking sessions attended by nearly 1,200 professionals, stakeholders and partners from around the global Hillel movement.
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  • Make your own mezuzah

    Nov 26, 2018, 15:36 PM by Hillel News
    Rachel Feldman, Bowling Green State University Hillel’s Jewish culture chair, hosted "Make Your Own Mezuzah" after discovering that most Jewish students on campus did not have mezuzahs for their dorm rooms.
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  • Hillel International Welcomes Rabbi Benjamin Berger as Vice President of Jewish Education

    Nov 26, 2018, 14:15 PM by Hillel News
    Rabbi Berger will oversee the Hillel U Center for Jewish and Israel Education.
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  • Northeastern Hillel celebrates Sigd

    Jewish students learn about the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday through study, food, games
    Nov 19, 2018, 11:45 AM by Hillel News
    The ancient festival, celebrated 50 days after Yom Kippur, marks the renewal of the covenant between God and the Jewish people. For more than 2,500 years, the Ethiopian-Jewish community has observed Sigd by praying, fasting and asking forgiveness for transgressions.
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  • Israeli journalist Lahav Harkov teaches WashU Hillel students about Israeli politics

    Nov 16, 2018, 14:14 PM by Hillel News
    Lahav Harkov, news editor at The Jerusalem Post, spoke to 60 pro-Israel advocates on Nov. 1 at Washington University in St. Louis.
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  • Transforming Brazil’s election day into a powerful Tzedek experience

    Hillel Rio celebrated Children’s Day by spending the day with 75 underprivileged children from the Vargem Pequena community
    Nov 5, 2018, 12:55 PM by Hillel News
    This year, due entirely to the loving work of Hillel volunteers, a day of contentious presidential politics in Brazil was also a day of joy, wonder and learning for 75 children and 24 volunteers.
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  • Hillel International’s MitzVote Campaign Reaches Nearly 700,000 Students Before Midterms

    The non-partisan campaign to register new voters has clocked over 15,000 visitors to TurboVote tool and reached nearly 700,000 students in-person and online
    Oct 31, 2018, 15:19 PM by Hillel News
    MitzVote, Hillel International’s non-partisan campaign to register first-time voters on college campuses across the United States, is part of the effort to increase civic engagement among young adults.
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  • More than 100 Hillels worldwide honor Pittsburgh shooting victims with memorials, visits to Pittsburgh

    Oct 31, 2018, 12:23 PM by Shana Medel
    More than 100 Hillels around the world, stretching from Florida to Hungary, organized last-minute vigils this week to commemorate the victims of the synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.
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  • Jewish College Students at Dozens of Hillels on Campuses Across the Country Hold Vigils in Remembrance of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims

    Hillel International mourns the murder of 11 members of Tree of Life Congregation killed on Shabbat
    Oct 29, 2018, 14:43 PM by Hillel News
    In the wake of the horrific attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Jewish college students from dozens of Hillels on campuses across the country are bringing their communities together to hold vigils and memorials to grieve and find comfort.
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  • As Our Community Mourns

    Oct 29, 2018, 11:37 AM by Hillel News
    Names of those who passed at Tree of Life
    Statement by Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International, on the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.
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  • Up close and personal

    Oct 9, 2018, 16:24 PM by Shana Medel
    Elyssa Hurwitz wanted to maintain a connection to her Jewish identity after leaving the comfort of her native California to attend university more than 2,000 miles away.
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  • A modern exodus

    Egyptian-Karaite Jewish professor shares his flight from Egypt and the distinct traditions of Karaite Jews at Ithaca Hillel event
    Oct 5, 2018, 15:49 PM by Hillel News
    Claude Cohen, a Karaite-Jewish Egyptian, and his family knew it was time to leave the only home they’d ever known.
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  • Jews with tattoos

    Hillel students, professionals debate the ethics of getting inked
    Oct 4, 2018, 14:42 PM by Shana Medel
    Walk into any Jewish space and you’re likely to find ink-wearers. Perhaps even the rabbi.
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  • Reaching in, reaching out

    Hillel’s interfaith engagement builds bridges, alliances on campus
    Oct 4, 2018, 11:15 AM by Hillel News
    Nikita Choudhary was born in Jamshedpur, India, and grew up cruising around her childhood home of Allen, Texas, rocking out to Bollywood hits in her parents’ car.
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  • Hillel International Announces New Initiative to Meet Growing Need for Mental Health Support on Campus

    Sep 26, 2018, 12:47 PM by Hillel News
    Continuing its efforts to adapt to the changing needs of the students it serves, Hillel International announced the launch of HillelWell.
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