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Small Moments, Big Impact

The journeys Springboard Fellows take to become part of the Hillel community are as unique and diverse as the Fellows themselves.  For Olivia Rosenblum, a second-year Fellow at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, her journey started with something very unexpected: shopping for pajamas.  Olivia didn’t grow up with an active Jewish community, and becoming part […]

What is Tu B’Shvat?

It’s cold, it’s snowing, the trees are bare… in many parts of the world, that is. But in Israel, the earliest flowers are starting to bloom and it’s time to celebrate a Jewish holiday called Tu Bishvat. 

Student planting at UVM Hillel Farm

Supporting Mental Health and Wellness When It’s Needed Most

Since the start of Hamas-Israel war, college campuses have experienced a historic increase in antisemitic incidents, and mental health and wellness support for Jewish students, and the Hillel professionals who support them, has never been more critical.  A pulse-survey of Hillel directors highlighted that additional wellness programs and counseling services were needed to support Hillel […]

Campus Microcommunities Have a Big Impact

Students step onto college campuses every day to explore their identities, their communities, and to find new ways of expressing who they are. When I was a student at the University of Buffalo, I found ways to lift up the different parts of my own multi-faceted identity. I am Jewish. I grew up speaking Russian. And I also have Japanese roots. Being involved with Hillel gave me opportunities to bring my whole self into the Jewish community. 

Top Four Hillel Hanukkah Happenings

Hillels around the world rejoiced in the festival of light, even at a time when the world has been darker than usual. From Californa to Kyiv to Israel, students celebrated, grieved for those impacted by antisemitism and the Hamas-Israel War, and participated in acts of kindness to commemorate the miracle of Hanukkah.

What if…?

Originally published in the Quindecim: The Independent Student Newspaper at Goucher College on December 3, 2023. Goucher, I love you guys – all of you.  There are so many times when my heart wells up with gratitude for being able to work and serve in such a thoughtful, eclectic, open community that I cherish. A […]

The Ultimate Hanukkah Party Hosting Guide

1. Create a latke bar with different types of toppings and sauces. Offer classic toppings like sour cream and applesauce, but also include unique options like smoked salmon, avocado, and various flavored creams. 2. Hanukkah is all about light, so make that the focus of your decor. Combine candles, clear strung holiday lights, and even […]

Hillel Professionals Connect and Uplift at Hillel International’s Global Assembly 2023

Hillel International’s Global Assembly (HIGA) 2023 certainly lived up to its hype as over 1,200 Hillel professionals and partners from all over the world gathered for the three-day annual conference in Dallas. Though this year carried a more somber tone given the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas and record levels of antisemitism affecting Jewish […]