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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 […]

What Even IS Hanukkah?

During Hanukkah, our homes become microcosms of The Great Temple. For each of the 8 nights, we gather together, light candles, and eat foods fried in oil to remember this miracle. These acts of community and ritual strengthen our resolve to bring light into the world, and to celebrate our collective resilience and unity.

Celebrating Hillel’s Student Wellness Grants

In keeping with the core Jewish principle of nurturing the mind, body, and spirit, Hillel International recently awarded 29 grants to support student wellness. These microgrants, totaling more than $25,000, not only promote student connection, relaxation, and belonging, but they also serve to mitigate the impact of rising antisemitism on college campuses following Hamas’ attack […]