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  • April 14, 2020 - Jill Soloway

    Jill Soloway

    View the recording of a conversation with the Emmy-winning creator and director of the TV show Transparent!

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  • April 1, 2020 - Diversity in Jewish life, with Amar'e Stoudemire

    Six-time NBA All-Star, Israeli entrepreneur, founder of Diversity University, and owner of a kosher organic farm, Amar’e Stoudemire, spoke to students about his story, the sociology of The Lost Tribes of Israel, and what we can all learn from his journey about creating inclusive and authentic Jewish identities and communities.

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  • March 24, 2020 - The Dose of Self-Care and Humor You Need Right Now

    Tara Schuster, Comedy Central

    By the time she was in her late twenties, Tara Schuster was a rising TV exec who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. By all appearances, she had mastered being a grown-up. But beneath that veneer of success, she was a chronically anxious, self-medicating mess. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame. Tara spoke to students about the subject of her book, "Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life From Someone Who's Been There,” the story of her path to re-parenting herself and becoming a “ninja of self-love.” She showed how to fake gratitude until you feel it, identify your self-limiting beliefs, kick them to the curb, and start living a life you choose, and create a life you truly, totally f*cking LOVE!

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  • March 24, 2020 - Why is this Passover Different Than All Others?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

    Watch former Chief Rabbi of UK Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as he taught how Passover has a deep message of hope at a time of great fear and uncertainty.

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All Speakers

  • May 19, 2020 - Navigating the Multiple Landscapes of Israel

    Dr. Zohar Raviv

    View the recording to explore five different ways of viewing Israel in Jewish history and thought, and advocate for their combination for a more comprehensive Israel engagement platform.

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  • May 19, 2020 - Base Hillel + Kahal Abroad Present: Viral Memes in the Age of a Virus

    Jessie Gindea Kahal Abroad + Base Miami

    View the recording to take a look into meme culture connecting directly to Jewish history and Jewish values.

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  • May 19, 2020 - Yossi Klein Halevi

    Author of "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor"

    "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor" is an unprecedented attempt by Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi to reach out to his Palestinian neighbors and model a respectful conversation on painful disagreements. View the recording where he describes the responses he's received from Palestinians, and why he sees his efforts as a model for creating a new kind of discourse in other conflicts as well.

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  • May 17, 2020 - Nissim Black in partnership with AEPi & BBYO

    Nissim Black

    Rapper Nissim Black shared his story, why he converted to Judaism and how his Judaism influences his music.



  • May 14, 2020 - Lessons From the Healing Arts Kits: Coping with COVID-19

    Michelle Laytner

    The Healing Arts Kits (developed by Artists 4 Israel) were designed to slow or prevent the onset of new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder by providing psychiatric tools in an artistic and easily accessible way.

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  • May 14, 2020 - A Conversation with Bari Weiss

    Bari Weiss

    View the recording of University of Texas Hillel Executive Director Maiya Chard Yaron interviewing Bari Weiss, NY Times editor and author of "How to Fight Anti-Semitism." They discussed the complex world we're living in today, covering topics from antisemitism to Covid-19.

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  • May 13, 2020 - Robert Diener

    Business Series

    View the recording of Robert Diener as he speaks on finding meaning amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. He is the Co-Founder and President of the lodging site getaroom.com. This session was in partnership with AEPi.

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  • May 11, 2020 -  Mike Leven

    Business Series

    View the recording of Mike Leven, one of the hotel industry’s greatest businessman, to hear 54 pearls of wisdom for his 54 years in business. This session was in partnership with AEPi

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  • May 11, 2020 - American Jews: Between Power & Vulnerability

    Dr. Mijal Bitton

    View the recording to explore big questions around the identity of American Jews today and our obligation to broader American society. Should our group identity move us to advocate for Jewish group interests or to consider broader communal needs?

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  • May 11, 2020 - Monday Mindfulness and Meditation

    Isabel Washington and Leah Thomas

    View the recording of Isabel and Leah for an hour of Yoga and Meditation. 

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  • May 11, 2020 - Max Brooks

    How Storytelling Can Prepare Us for Real Life Monsters

    View the recording of author Max Brooks in conversation with Northwestern Hillel Director Michael Simon to learn about his fascination (obsession?) with zombies, his love of Minecraft, and coping with dyslexia. We’ll also learn more about his work on zombies intersects with his role as a lecturer at the Modern War Institute at West Point!

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  • May 7, 2020 - A Conversation with Ryan Lavarnway, an American Israeli Baseball Player

    Ryan Lavarnway

    View the recording of a conversation with Ryan Lavarnway about sport, Israel and Judaism. This session was presented by University of Delaware Hillel.

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  • May 7, 2020 - Aravrit: Two Languages One Script

    Liron Lavi Turkenich

    Aravrit is an experimental writing system presenting a set of hybrid letters merging Hebrew and Arabic. Each letter is composed of Arabic on the upper half and a Hebrew on the bottom half. In Aravrit, one can read any chosen language, without ignoring the other one, which is always present.

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  • May 7, 2020 - Coping Skills For Living At Home After Living It Up At School

    Brianna Schwartz and Ellen Kleinhaus

    View the recording about Coping Skills For Living At Home After Living It Up At School. The program focused on challenges students may face living at home and the importance of concentrating specifically on one’s own mental health, coping skills, and communication. The presentation also focused on caring for a parent or loved one facing breast or ovarian cancer (or any illness) now that you have returned home. This session was facilitated by Sharsheret.

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  • May 6, 2020 - Celebrity Comedy Night

    Pamela Schuller, Mark Normand, Gianmarco Soresi, and Robyn Schall

    Comedy Night with Hillel@Home featured comedians from all over the United States. The comedic evening was MC’ed by comedian Pamela Schuller and featured the following comedians:

    • Mark Normand - Comedy Central, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CONAN
    • Gianmarco Soresi- Hustlers with Jennifer Lopez
    • Brett Druck- The TV show LAUGHS
    • Robyn Schall - Live at Gotham and has been around the world performing for our troops



  • May 6, 2020 - Behind the Scenes of "The Last Dance"

    Estee Portnoy, Michael Jordan's Long-Time Business Manager

    "Behind the Scenes of "The Last Dance" with Estee Portnoy, presented by Maryland Hillel, took a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Last Dance" with Estee Portnoy, Michael Jordan's long-time business manager. She discussed her role as one of the series' executive poducers and shared stories of the making of one of the most anticipated documentaries in years.



  • May 5, 2020 - In the Zone: 2019-2020 In the World of Soccer

    Yotam Wolk and Roey Shoshan

    View the recording of Roey and Yotam, two veteran sports reporters as they discuss the current state of global soccer and how the season has played out.

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  • May 5, 2020 - A Conversation with Brené Brown

    Living in a time of Collective Vulnerability

    Brené Brown, best-selling author and speaker spoke about courage and vulnerability.



  • May 4, 2020 - Business Series: Matthew Bronfman

    Matthew Bronfman

    View the recording of  IKEA Israel owner Matthew Bronfman as he discusses international business after COVID.

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  • May 4, 2020 - Greek Life on College Campus

    AEPi, AEPHi, SAEPi, SAMMY, SDT, ZBT

    Interested in joining Greek Life on campus? View the recording from fellow Hillel students about their involvement in Jewish Greek organizations.

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  • May 4, 2020 - Monday Mindfulness and Meditation

    Isabel Washington and Leah Thomas

    View the recording of  Isabel and Leah for an hour of Yoga and Meditation as part of our weekly series, Monday Mindfullness and Meditation!

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  • May 3, 2020 - Hillel Global Giving Week Launch - David Broza

    David Broza

    International superstar David Broza rocked the Hillel stage launching a week long celebration of the incredible work of Hillel on campuses throughout the world.



  • May 2, 2020 - Havdalah co-hosted by Texas Hillel and Hillel International

    Texas Hillel

    This Havdalah was co-hosted by Texas Hillel and Hillel International 



  • April 30, 2020 - Israel Trivia- Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaot

    Nevo Schpire from Hillel at Miami University of Ohio

    View the recording of Hillel Israel Trivia.

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  • April 29, 2020 -  Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

    Why words matter and how to use them for the good.

    In a world marred by deep division and divisiveness, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has a simple message, our words matter. Speech is the most powerful tool to harm and to heal. Author of Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, Jewish Literacy and many others, Rabbi Telushkin will shares how the words you choose will shape your destiny.

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  • April 29, 2020 - What's Cooking? Yom Ha'atzmaut

    Shirly and Nevo

    View the recording of Nevo and Shirly for a special edition of "What's Cooking" as they show us some of their Yom Ha'atzmaut favorites. 

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  • April 28, 2020 - Navigating Anxiety and Fear in a COVID-19 World

    Brandon Srot

    The emergence of Covid-19 has thrown the world into shock, uncertainty and volatility. Each day brings new challenges and fears to which we are required to adapt and adjust. View the recording of this virtual workshop that explored the impacts of such uncertainties on the human brain and body; will help you to better understand anxiety and fear; and will equip you with practical self-care tools and actions to prioritize your well being.

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  • April 28, 2020 - Yom Hazikaron sharing Israelis stories

    Israel Fellows

    View the recording of stories from our Israel Fellows and their personal connections to Yom Ha'zikaron.

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  • April 23, 2020 - Naming the Jew: Performative Antisemitism and the Alt-Right

    Dr. Jacob Labendz

    Dr. Jacob Labendz discussed the connection between antisemitism and white-nationalism. Understanding the specific role that performative antisemitism has played in the rise of the Alt-Right not only holds a key to fighting back, but may also provide a vantage point for considering broader themes in contemporary American politics, including the public performance of philosemitism—and its relationship to antisemitism.



  • April 23, 2020 - Private Good Luck: A Memoir

    Sherwin Gluck

    Sherwin Gluck is the author of “Private Good Luck”, his father’s memoir. Based on childhood stories he heard about home-life in Europe and an extended interview with his father, Irving Gluck, the details of the memoir are supported by primary source material: photos, excerpts from a treasured collection of nearly one thousand family letters, official documents, extraordinarily rare Nazi records, as well as personal memorabilia.The memoir gives the student of history a unique perspective on immigration, World War II, and the Holocaust.

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  • April 23, 2020 - Israel Music 102: Intro to Mizrahi Music

    Emily Moses and Michael Kagan

    Back by popular demand, this follow-up course focused on one of the most popular genres in Israel music today - Mizrahi music! View the recording of Emily and Michael as they breakdown the biggest artists of Mizrahi music today.

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  • April 22, 2020 - Ambassador Dermer and COVID-19 in Israel

    Ambassador Ron Dermer

    Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, held a Hillel-only off-the-record discussion and Q&A about Israel’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli-Palestinian relations, Israel’s recent election and coalition politics, and much more.



  • April 21, 2020 - Jokes for an Anxious Age: Jewish Comedy in Traumatic Times

    Professor Jeremy Dauber

    Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University, where he also serves as director of its Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and teaches in the American Studies program. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Harvard and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. His previous books include In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern, also Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, and The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem. His new book, Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, will be available October 2017. He frequently lectures on topics related to Jewish literature, history, humor, and popular culture at the 92nd St Y and other venues throughout the United States.

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  • April 21, 2020 - Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness amid the Pandemic

    Scott Fried

    How can the lessons from one pandemic help inform us today? View the recording of Scott Fried, HIV/AIDS educator and author, as he talks about finding hope when it isn’t always in sight.

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  • April 21, 2020 - Cincinnati Hillel Presents: The Story of a Star Child, the Holocaust Story of Henry Fenichel

    Henry Fenichel

    Listen to the recording of Holocaust survivor Henry Fenichel as he shares his inspiring his story. Born in the Netherlands, Henry and his mother were eventually sent to Westerbork camp. Through several miraculous events, they made it to freedom.

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  • April 20, 2020 - The State of Latino-Jewish Relations and Coalition Building on Campus

    Juan Dircie and Larry Gonzalez

    Watch the recording of Juan Dircie and Larry Gonzalez as they discuss Latino-Jewish relations and the impact on campus discourse today.

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  • April 20, 2020 - Zikaron BaSalon with Abraham Ruth

    Abraham Ruth

    Zikaron BaSalon (Remembrance in the Living Room) is an annual event, which takes place on Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day. Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day. It is a unique and authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors, sing, think, read, talk and most importantly- listen.



  • April 20, 2020 - Yom HaShoah: Reading of the Names in Partnership with WUJS

    WUJS, students from around the globe, and other Hillel students participated in hearing the reading of names we lost in the Shoah. This 24-hour reading started on erev Yom HaShoah and concluded the following day on Yom HaShoah.




  • April 17, 2020 -  Pre-Shabbat Mindful Meditation

    Nate Strauss

    Nate Strauss, Director of Jewish Student Life at MSU Hillel and a certified yoga and meditation teacher held a stress relieving pre-Shabbat meditation.



  • April 17, 2020 - Mimouna!: An end of Passover Celebration

    Tzlil Maimon

    IAC Mishelanu, Hillel International, JIMENA, the Jewish Agency for Israel celebrated Hagiga- Mimouna!  A taste of North-African Jewish Culture in Israel! View the recording of live music, Mimuna hopping, authentic Mimuna cuisine and a panel featuring Mizrachi feminists was featured. 

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  • April 2, 2020 - Interview with Israeli TV Star Tamar Amit Joseph from new Netflix show, “Unorthodox”

    Tamar Amit

     

    Watch the recording of Israeli TV Star Tamar Amit Joseph from the new Netflix show, “Unorthodox”. Learn about her experience in being a part of this incredible, new popular TV show. This event was presented by Hillel Montreal 

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  • April 13, 2020 - CASE Hillel Talks: Alex Ention (In Russian)

    Hillel CASE

    Hillel CASE held a conversation with Alex Ention, a practicing psychologist in New York City. Alex discussed best practices around mental health during this time of crisis.



  • April 16, 2020 - Q&A with Fauda’s Lead Actress Rona Lee Shimon

    Rona Lee Shimon

    View the recording of an intimate Q&A with Fauda’s lead actress, which was followed by a watch party (not part of the recording below) of season 3 of Fauda.

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  • April 14, 2020 - Jill Soloway

    Jill Soloway

    View the recording of a conversation with the Emmy-winning creator and director of the TV show Transparent!

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  • April 14, 2020 - Repair the World: Getting Started with Virtual Volunteering

    Sam Sittenfeld

    View the recording of Hillel@Home and Repair the World to see ways you can make a difference in your community during this time of crisis.

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  • April 14, 2020 - Sing a New Song

    Maya Abramson

    Watch song leader and musician Maya Abramson to get in touch with our singing voices and uplift our spirits through new melodies, poems, and prayers.

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    Sing a New Song Song-sheet (PDF)




  • April 13, 2020 - Queer Celebration Virtual Seder

    Abby Stein, in Partnership with Columbia/Barnard

    Watch Abby Stein for an interactive, dynamic abbreviated virtual seder which explored themes of Queer celebration and self-determination.

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  • April 13, 2020 - Israel’s First Arab Rhodes Scholar

    Lian Najami

    Lian Najami, Israel’s first Arab Rhodes Scholar, shares her unique journey based on her experiences growing up in a liberal Muslim family, attending a Christian high school, and volunteering in a reform Jewish community center. Lian’s advocacy work, which has taken her around the world, comes with a simple message — that together, as a society, we can achieve true shared existence when placing merit above discrimination and working together to create a more inclusive Israel. As a non-Jew growing up in a Jewish state, Lian seeks to send a message to the international community that Israel is more than its Jewish identity and that its multicultural character should be celebrated.

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  • April 13, 2020 - Refugees and Asylum Seekers During COVID-19

    HIAS - Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer

    Watch HIAS Rabbi-in-Residence Rachel Grant Meyer talk about the situation facing refugees and asylum seekers around the world and on the U.S./Mexico border – including the unique challenges that COVID-19 brings to these populations.

    Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer is the Rabbi-in-Residence at HIAS, the world’s oldest, and only Jewish refugee resettlement agency. She develops materials, resources, and programs that educate American Jews about refugee issues, connecting the plight of contemporary refugees to Jewish values and history, and she travels around the United States teaching and speaking about the global refugee crisis. A graduate of Columbia University, Rabbi Meyer was ordained by HUC-JIR in New York. Before joining HIAS, Rabbi Meyer served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City. Her writing has been featured in the Forward and The New York Daily News, and she is the author of an essay that appears in the book Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights Into the Biblical Story of Creation.

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  • April 14, 2020 - Yoga for Passover: Finding Freedom in Our Bodies

    Leah Kahn

    Leah Kahn, dancer, certified yoga instructor, and JLF master educator to explores themes, texts, and ideas from the holiday of Passover as a spiritual focus within our movement practice. 

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    Yoga Leah Finding Freedom (PDF)




  • April 11, 2020 - Havdalah

    Saturday night havdalah with students around the world.

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  • April 8, 2020 - Zoom University Hillel (but queer) Text Study!

    Trudy Morse

    This week we dove into text study with Hillel professionals across the US and Canada where we explored how these ancient texts fit our identities today.



  • April 7, 2020 - Adaptive Leadership Workshop

    Sarah Mali

    Sarah Mali, Vice President of The Masa Leadership Center, guided a career accelerating workshop on adaptive leadership.



  • April 7, 2020 - Organic Grit

    Shannon Allen

    Shannon Allen shared how she started her business and how to maintain health when it's not always easy, and why connecting to community is an important part of success.



  • April 7, 2020 - CASE Hillel Talks: Vadym Rabinovych

    Hillel CASE

    Hillel CASE hosted a discussion with Vadym Rabinovych - politician, philanthropist, and the President of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress. He discussed how the Torah can be used as a guide to dealing with and solving any crisis.



  • April 6, 2020 - Campus Crash Course: Muslim-Jewish Relations on Campus

    Rabbi Yonah Hain and Dr. Amina Darwish

    This campus crash course dove into Muslim-Jewish relations on campus in the U.S. in discussion with Rabbi Yonah Hain and Dr. Amina Darwish, Campus Rabbi and Muslim Life Coordinator at Columbia University. The discussion included a brief overview of the current moment for Muslim-Jewish relations in America, and an exploration of successful models of partnership and common challenges. Students had the opportunity to engage with these two campus faith leaders building partnerships as well as with Dr. Ari Gordon, AJC’s Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish relations. Students connected with peers across the country as they consider best practices for Muslim-Jewish partnership and coalition building on campus, even as we raise pressing questions regarding challenges.



  • April 6, 2020 - Breaking Barriers: Israel's Most Controversial Marriage

    Channel 2's Arab Israeli journalist and Jewish Israeli actor of Fauda: navigate their next chapter together

    View the recording of Israeli celebrity couple, Lucy Aharish and Tashi Halevy. Aharish, as Israel’s first Arab Muslim primetime news anchor, and Halevy, as famed star of hit Netflix series Fauda, discuss how they have used their platforms to break barriers and promote pluralism and interdenominational openness in Israel’s public agenda.

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  • April 6, 2020 - Diaspora: The Story of Westside Gravy

    Noah Shufutinsky

    Noah Shufutinsky, aka "Westside Gravy" became viral overnight with the release of his hit song "Diaspora" in early 2019. As both an aspiring rapper and student at George Washington University, Noah creates powerful and inspiring music that resonates with his generation. View the recording as Noah highlights his early roots in music, and how his identity serves as the foundation for his music.

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  • April 6, 2020 - Better Career Decisions in Uncertain Times

    Avy Leghziel

    Watch Avy Leghziel, Executive Director of Masa Israel Journey's Educational Design Unit for a stimulating conversation on how to make career decisions in times of uncertainty.



  • April 2, 2020 - Former Neo-Nazi and now an Israeli

    Yonatan Langer

    Former neo-Nazi Yonatan Langer was born in the small German village of Erlabrunn, eventually assuming a leadership role in an East Berlin neo-Nazi group. Even though he was a national karate champion and an educated professional of business administration, he realized he was unhappy. Sensing a deep need for change, Yonatan embarked on a journey in search of wisdom that would lead to converting to Judaism and making his home in Israel. 

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  • April 2, 2020 - Israeli Music 101: Hottest Artists of Today

    Emily Moses and Michael Kagan

    Want to learn more about Israeli Pop Music? Join Michael and Emily as they dive into some of Israel's top artists, what influced them, and their top hits!

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  • April 4, 2020 - Havdallah with Hillel

    Saturday night havdallah with students around the world.

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  • April 5, 2020 - Let's Jam! Digital Jam Session with Hillel Campus France

    Hillel Campus France

    Musicians from around the world joined in an exciting jam session with Hillel Campus France.




  • April 5, 2020 - Brain Labs with Hillel CASE and Limmud FSU Labs (In Russian)

    Hillel CASE

    Hillel CASE and Limmud FSU Labs for Brain Labs held a series of team-based online brain games. They watched the game on YouTube and answered questions in this special program.




  • April 1, 2020 - 10 Questions: An American in Ukraine (In Russian)

    Hillel CASE

    Hillel CASE was in conversation with an American Jew who came to Kharkov to learn Russian and managed to become a part of the university community and a volunteer and activist at Hillel




  • April 3, 2020 - Kabbalat Shabbat: Nariya with Penn Hillel

    Micah Shapiro

    How can we sing God's song in a strange land?? We raised our voices, moved our bodies, and caught our breath as we created a (virtual) circle of sound to welcome Shabbat.




  • April 1, 2020 - Diversity in Jewish life, with Amar'e Stoudemire

    Six-time NBA All-Star, Israeli entrepreneur, founder of Diversity University, and owner of a kosher organic farm, Amar’e Stoudemire, spoke to students about his story, the sociology of The Lost Tribes of Israel, and what we can all learn from his journey about creating inclusive and authentic Jewish identities and communities.

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  • April 1, 2020 - Nutrition 101

    Creating a Healthier Lifestyle / Fitness During a Pandemic with Ian Benisti

    With gyms closed, soldier and bodybuilder Ian Benisti shared his nutrition and workout tips. Ian is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps as a K-130J Super Hercules pilot.

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  • April 1, 2020 - Zoom University Hillel (but queer) Text Study!

    Trudy Morse

    Are you LGBTQIA+ and are interested in some Jewish text "queeries?" Watch the video of a deep dive into text study with Hillel professionals across the US and Canada where we explored how these ancient texts fit our identities today!

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  • March 31, 2020 - In the Zone: 2019-2020 NBA Season

    Roey Shoshan and Yotam Wolk

    With fears of the coronavirus growing, many are left wondering if this NBA season is all but lost. Roey and Yotam, two veteran Israeli sports reporters, discussed trending updates about the NBA season and where the league may be heading.

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  • March 31, 2020 - Breaking In: From Hillel to Hollywood

    Dara Resnik

    A seminar about how to break into Hollywood and how Jewish ethics inform the profession. Dara Resnik is a screenwriter, producer and award-winning director involved in the writing and producing of the television series "I Love Dick," "Marvel’s Daredevil," and "Shooter." She is the co-creator and showrunner of the Apple TV+ upcoming series "Home Before Dark."

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  • March 31, 2020 - Staying Positive in Solitude

    Natan Sharansky, Chairman of The Shlichut Institute and the ISGAP

    Natan Sharansky is the Chairman of The Institute of Shlichut and the Institute of the Study of Global Antisemitism and policy. Amongst his many achievements, Natan Sharansky is one of the founding members of the Moscow Helsinki Group; sentenced to thirteen years in prison including solitary confinement and hard labor. He was released after nine years of imprisonment, due to intense international pressure from Jewish communities world-wide.

    In this conversation, Sharansky shared his personal experience and gave constructive suggestions for maintaining wellness.




  • March 30, 2020 - Faces of Israel - Student Panel

    Keren Dicastro

    Meet Israeli students from Hillel at Tel Aviv University and learn about their lives.The panel included several students from different backgrounds who shared their personal stories and answered questions. It was a great opportunity to hear different points of view about living in Israel! Have you ever met a student who grew up in Otef Aza (The Gaza Envelope)? Have you ever had a conversation with an Israeli student who made Aliya and served as a lone soldier? Have you ever wondered why we need Hillel in Israel?

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  • March 30, 2020 - Seder in the Balagan: Making Passover Meaningful This Year

    Noga Brenner Samia

    It’s a Mitzvah to ask questions at the seder table, and questions are a great way to engage our friends and families in the Pesach story. Watch as the participants asked some thought-provoking questions about the Haggada: Where do the four questions come from? Which questions get asked but not answered? Answered but not asked? What were the Rabbis really doing over there in Bnei Brak? Were there really four sons/questions or maybe actually five…? Who are the silent women in the Exodus story? What questions do you have?

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  • March 28, 2020 - Havdallah with Hillel

    Candle and spice and end the week right! Celebrate Havdallah with students around the world.

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  • March 26, 2020 - Transgender in Israel

    Michael Alroy

    "Life begins where fear ends” was Michael’s motto when he made the bold decision to have a sex change operation at the age of 21. This was an irreversible decision, which finally allowed him to be and look, the way he felt. Watch as Michael Alroy shared the account of his touching and fascinating life story, and awaken the potential to fearlessly make changes to your life.

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  • March 25, 2020 - Black Jewish Relations

    Carly Pildis & Rabbi Shais Rishon

    Watch Carly Pildis and MaNishtana as they discussed Black-Jewish relations and the impact on campus discourse today. Students had the opportunity to learn about the challenges and triumphs of Black-Jewish collaborations, and discussed ways to bring our communities together on campus.

    This program was held in conjunction with AJC's Advocacy Anywhere: Campus Crash Courses.

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  • March 25, 2020 - Grounded Hope in a Time of Contagion

    Lee Daniel Kravetz

    During this global pandemic, we are facing not only a viral contagion but also a set of psychological contangions of fear, hopelessness and loneliness. At the same time, there's opportunity to recognize our situation and draw on positive psychology to find grounded hope for today and for the future. Drawing from ideas in his two bestsellers, "Strange Contagion" and "Supersurvivors," author Lee Daniel Kravetz described our global situation today, talked to students about where they are in this moment and how to catch hope, community and resilience.

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  • March 25, 2020 - Fill & Twist - Babka with Shannon Sarna Goldberg

    Shannon Sarna Goldberg

    We all need a little comfort during this crazy time! Watch Shannon Sarna Goldberg, author of Modern Jewish Baking, for a conversation and baking lesson. Shannon demonstrated different fillings and twisting techniques for babka and answered questions.

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  • March 24, 2020 - Confronting Crisis with Creativity: Art as Self Care

    Mads Deshazo, Jewish Studio Project fellow

    When life surprises us with challenges like those we’re encountering around COVID-19, we might struggle to feel connected: to ourselves, to each other, to a sense of routine or stability. In times like these, having some tools to help us manage the discomfort or maybe even the grief that comes from uncertainty and the changing of plans is valuable.

    Watch artist mads deshazo and college students from around the country in this 90 minute virtual session on engaging in the Jewish Studio Project’s creative art process using materials that they had at home and wisdom from old texts and modern sources as they came together to take care of each other during this time of global response to illness.



  • March 24, 2020 - The Dose of Self-Care and Humor You Need Right Now

    Tara Schuster, Comedy Central

    By the time she was in her late twenties, Tara Schuster was a rising TV exec who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. By all appearances, she had mastered being a grown-up. But beneath that veneer of success, she was a chronically anxious, self-medicating mess. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame. Tara spoke to students about the subject of her book, "Buy Yourself The F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life From Someone Who's Been There,” the story of her path to re-parenting herself and becoming a “ninja of self-love.” She showed how to fake gratitude until you feel it, identify your self-limiting beliefs, kick them to the curb, and start living a life you choose, and create a life you truly, totally f*cking LOVE!

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  • March 23, 2020 - Tikkun HaYam: Spirituality of the Sea, the Planet, and Why We Should Care

    Tradition teaches that we are partners with God in creation and expected to be stewards of the environment, and this responsibility is not limited to dry land. With the current threats of climate change, sea level rise, over-fishing, plastic pollution, ocean acidification and much more, this session explored the relationship between Judaism and the environment and specifically, the marine environment. Utilizing classical source texts, this session examined our connection to the sea and the profound spiritual nature of water and how the current practices of exploitation of natural resources balance/conflict with fundamental ethical Jewish values. Whether your Hillel is on the ocean, a river, lake, stream, pond or the desert, we are all interconnected physically and spiritually with the Sea.

    The inaugural issue of "Tikkun HaYam: Repair the Sea", an initiative of Eckerd College Hillel, was published to raise awareness of threats facing marine environments and share the spiritual wonders of the ocean from a Jewish perspective.

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  • March 20, 2020 - Musical Kabbalat Shabbat

    Rabbi Micah Shapiro

    How can we sing God's song in a strange land?? We're going to try. Raise your voices, move your bodies, catch your breath as we create a (virtual) circle of sound to welcome Shabbat.



  • March 20, 2020 - Virtual Tours with International Hillels

    Former Soviet Union

    Having some serious Spring Break FOMO? Come travel with Hillel on our Virtual Spring Breaks to a different Hillel country each day. Here's your chance to visit South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union without even getting dressed!

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  • March 19, 2020 - People of Israel: A Panel Discussion About Israeli Culture

    This group of Israel Fellows from all different backgrounds have one thing in common, they chose to uproot their lives in Israel and come to America to share their culture and home with students. The fellows shared stories of their families, backgrounds, and everyday lives back in Israel. They painted a picture of the diversity, complexity, and beauty of Israeli society.

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  • March 19, 2020 - Religion and Politics in a Time of Crisis

    Sarah Hurwitz

    From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz worked in the White House, serving as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama and as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama. View Sarah in conversation about the roles of religion and politics in times of crisis.



  • March 19, 2020 - Virtual Tours with International Hillels

    Europe

    Having some serious Spring Break FOMO? Come travel with Hillel on our Virtual Spring Breaks to a different Hillel country each day. Here's your chance to visit South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union without even getting dressed!

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  • March 24, 2020 - Why is this Passover Different Than All Others?

    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

    Watch former Chief Rabbi of UK Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as he taught how Passover has a deep message of hope at a time of great fear and uncertainty.

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  • March 17, 2020 - The JLF Dibuk Chaverim

    Dibuk Chaverim translates literally as “cleaving to friends.” The Hasidic masters used this concept to explain the profound spiritual power of fraternity and friendship. We should recall that we are not the first generation of Jews to feel unsure, isolated, and uncertain. We can draw strength and wisdom from our tradition.

    The JLF Dibuk Chaverim is a nationwide gathering of friends, an opportunity to learn a little Torah, to share stories, to express what is in our hearts, and to simply be together.




  • March 18, 2020 - Virtual Tours with International Hillels

    South America

    Having some serious Spring Break FOMO? Come travel with Hillel on our Virtual Spring Breaks to a different Hillel country each day. Here's your chance to visit South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union without even getting dressed!

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  • March 18, 2020 - Jewish Meditation at Home

    Alison Laichter

    Stuck at home or in the dorm and looking for ways to ease your anxiety, practice self care, and connect Jewishly during this intense moment in time? This 45 minute workshop was on how to practice Jewish meditation, be alone together, and use mindfulness to not go completely stir crazy. Watch whether you're a total beginner or an advanced yogi, if you're interested in deepening your meditation practice, Jew-ing it up, or finally learning how to sit still. No experience or beliefs necessary, just your breath.

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