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Hillel, AJC, UJA, Students to Administrators: Do Your Job, Keep Students Safe

Following a week filled with increasing threats, harassment, and violence directed at Jewish students at campus protests and encampments across the country, students from Brown, Columbia, and Rutgers demanded that university administrators better ensure the safety of Jewish students on campus. The students were joined by leadership from Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Hillel International, American Jewish Committee […]

A Passover Call to Action for College and University Presidents

Over the past 72 hours, the campuses of Columbia University, Barnard College, and Yale University have become increasingly hostile and unsafe spaces for Jewish students and staff, as threatening and unlawful antisemitic, anti-Israel protests have been allowed to rage unchecked.  At these schools, Jewish and Israeli students, faculty, and speakers have been repeatedly verbally harassed, […]

Food and Resilience on Passover

On college campuses and around the world, the Jewish community is preparing for Pesach (Passover), during which we recall yetziat mitzrayim – leaving ancient Egypt, or sometimes interpreted as “a narrow space”. There’s a common refrain that comes to mind during Passover and other Jewish holidays: “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat!” […]

Depolarization Should Be a Focus on Campus and Elsewhere

When was the last time you made the choice to sit down and listen to people you disagree with?  Debate and disagreement are as much a part of Jewish tradition as challah on Shabbat. Going back to Talmudic times, Jews have sat down together for deep discussions that encouraged lively and sometimes heated debate. Their […]

WTSeder?! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Passover: Part Two

As Jewish people around the world observe Passover this month, we’re diving into the origins of the holiday. In the first part of this series, we learned about how to host a Seder – now we’re exploring where Passover comes from, and who decided it was a thing?  The way we observe Passover today has […]

WTSeder?! Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Passover: Part One

First things first: What even IS a Seder? Every year, Jewish people tell and retell the miraculous story of the enslaved Israelites’ exodus from Egypt during a festive meal called a Seder (Say-der). In Hebrew, the word Seder means order. A Seder is a structured, home-based ritual that combines a series of choreographed rituals with […]