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What Even is Shavuot?

What even IS Shavuot? Before we get to Shavuot, we need to talk about Passover.

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USC Hillel Hosts Commencement Ceremony to Honor Graduates

In the wake of campus protests, arrests, and rising tensions, a number of colleges and universities have chosen to cancel their main commencement ceremonies due to security concerns. This is particularly heartbreaking news for the class of 2024, many of whom missed out on a high school graduation ceremony in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

Majority of Jewish College Students Say They Feel Less Safe Due to Encampments; 61% Report Antisemitism During Campus Protests

New poll from Hillel International measures Jewish student experiences as commencements begin WASHINGTON – A majority of Jewish college students feel less safe because of anti-Israel protests and encampments at their school, and report the use of antisemitic, threatening or derogatory language toward Jewish students during those protests. As commencements begin on campuses across the country, […]

Hillel, Students, and Partners Demand Administrators Enforce Policies and Keep Jewish Students Safe

On April 26, 2024, following a week dominated by an escalation of protests and encampments on campuses that included threats, harassment, and sometimes violence directed at Jewish students across the country, students from Brown, Columbia, and Rutgers demanded that university administrators more meaningfully and effectively ensure the safety of Jewish students on campus. During this […]

An Indie Musician’s Journey to Jewish Sound

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published in Havurah on April 17, 2024. Leah Dunn is an audio engineer, producer, and recording artist. She joined the Havurah team as the music director in the summer of 2022. After attending high school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied songwriting, the Bay Area […]

What Are the Spring “Yamim”?

The Hebrew word yamim (ימים) is the plural form of the word yom or “day,” and can refer to a time, a specific age, or a season. In Israel and in the Jewish diaspora, when folks talk about “the spring yamim,” they are generally referring to three national holidays on the Israeli calendar: Yom HaShoah […]