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Explore daily news and resources about what’s happening on campus and in Israel and the impact on Jewish students around the world

The news about antisemitism on campus and the Hamas-Israel War changes daily. At the same time, you may find yourself having difficult conversations with classmates, professors, and friends. Use this page to get up-to-date news, brush up on the history and impact of antisemitism, and find guidance on how to navigate difficult questions and conversations.

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Hillel International President and CEO Adam Lehman penned an op-ed for Newsweek, offering guidance for high school seniors and their families as they consider which universities to attend next fall. Amid a 700 percent increase in reported instances of hate speech, vandalism, intimidation, and assault directed at Jewish students, Lehman advises students to look beyond the headlines and evaluate each campus holistically.

On February 29, the House Education and Workforce Committee hosted a roundtable with nine college students, who recounted antisemitic incidents on their campuses, with a focus on events since October 7. Some students described physical attacks, and many told lawmakers they feel unsafe expressing their Jewish identities on campus.

Students at UC Berkeley say they fear for their safety following acts of violence and vandalism outside an event organized by Jewish student groups. On the evening of February 26, anti-Israel protesters broke windows, intimidated and assaulted students, and stormed the Zellerbach Playhouse, where Israeli speaker Ran Bar-Yoshafat was scheduled to deliver remarks. University leaders denounced the protest and announced a criminal investigation is underway.

After Pro-Palestinian students posted signs condemning Zionism and targeting the Jewish student body president by name at UC Santa Barbara, the university has temporarily suspended its MultiCultural Center and its Instagram account.

A Harvard PhD student says apologies aren’t enough more than a week after the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee and the African and African American Resistance Organization posted a graphic containing antisemitic imagery on social media. The post was shared by the newly formed Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine group, then later removed and apologies were issued.

Hillel International’s Teach-in Tour is bringing Hillel’s educational approach and diverse perspectives on the history of Israel and the current conflict to dozens of college campuses.

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Get guidance on caring for yourself and your friends in tough times. Learn how to report and respond to antisemitic incidents on your campus.

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What is Zionism? How are Israel and Gaza connected? What does Hamas want to accomplish? Go in depth on these topics and more in Hillel’s Israel Explainer.

Israel and Zionism Explained

Want to have respectful conversations about tough topics related to Israel and antisemitism? Check out some commonly asked questions and suggested answers below.

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If we could rewind time, go back to the start of the Israel Summit, and share Havdalah together––we would. There is nothing better than being surrounded by Jewish friends (who become family) who also have an enduring love for the state of Israel.

Am Yisrael Chai, may your Shabbat be relaxing, and let us all pray for peace and the safe return of ALL the hostages. Shabbat Shalom from all of us at Hillel International. 🤍

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The Jewish future is ✨bright!✨These Hillel student leader interviews with @danielleyablonka prove it.

The energy at the Hillel International Israel Summit was ELECTRIC, and our students left feeling energized, more knowledgeable about the conflict (and Israeli history) and made new friendships with other Gen Zionists. 😉

Are you already missing the Israel Summit? We’ll see you next year! 👋

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@cornellhillel student leader, @taliadror_, asked @eylonalevy for his definition of some words and phrases heard on campus since October. 

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@hillelsofgeorgia CEO Rabbi Larry Sernovitz dropped BARS at the Hillel International Israel Summit.

We know some days it can be REALLY difficult, but YOU are making a huge difference on campus. And, we want to remind you as much as possible.💙🇮🇱

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Student Stories

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Mandi’s Story: Being a Jewish Student on Campus Today

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Israel Solidarity on Campus: Stories Across the U.S.

Hillels around the United States held vigils to remember and honor those who were killed, wounded, or kidnapped.