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  • Jewish student assaulted at Temple University

    August 21, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    Hillel, the campus student group, is expressing “outrage” over an attack on a Jewish student at Temple University on Wednesday and is calling on the university to ensure the safety of its Jewish students.

    At the same time, the school’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine...

  • L.A.’s Russians recapture their Jewish soul

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:20 am

    In March, Svetlana Rapoport became a bat mitzvah.

    Raised in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, where practicing religion was discouraged and anti-Semitism was rampant, Rapoport hadn’t had the chance to celebrate this rite of passage.

    Finally, at 34, Rapoport had her...

  • Santa Barbara Hillel supports students in wake of shootings

    By Ryan Torok

    May 27, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    Approximately 40 UC Santa Barbara students sought comfort and grief counseling at the Santa Barbara Hillel on May 24,  the day after Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six students and injured 13 more. Rodger also died during his Friday night murderous spree of  “revenge” in Isla Vista, a...

  • Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don’t get many wins

    April 30, 2014 | 8:56 am

    On Twitter, pro-Palestinian activists dubbed it “DivestApalooza.”

    Student governments at three Southern California public universities all voted on divestment resolutions targeting Israel in a single day.

    The April 23 votes were part of a surge in student governments at...

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  • U. of Washington Hillel evacuated after fired worker’s explosive threat

    February 11, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Hillel at the University of Washington was evacuated after a fired employee allegedly threatened to cause an explosion in the building.

    Police shut down streets in Seattle’s University District Monday afternoon after receiving a call from employees about the threats. No one was...

  • CSUN Hillel became temporary classroom following Northridge earthquake

    January 15, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    In the months after the Northridge earthquake, the Hillel House at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) became a makeshift classroom facility for hundreds of students as many university buildings had been damaged.

    “It was an unusual experience for us,” said Rabbi...

  • Hillel guidelines scrutinized

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Hillel International CEO and president Eric Fingerhut has called for a review of how his organization’s national guidelines will be applied to Hillels on college campuses around the country.

    “The guidelines were passed in 2010. Frankly, not a lot of work was done on how to...

  • Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 30, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

    Firstly, Swarthmore’s...

  • Jewish art spans city with ‘Sacred Words, Sacred Texts’

    October 30, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    The Jewish art scene in Los Angeles is a small but vibrant community that spans generations, styles, and the full length and breadth of the city itself. Now, for the first time, three of L.A.’s preeminent Jewish institutions — Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hillel serves up diverse buffet and Orthodoxy dividing the community

    October 30, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hillel Buffet Serves Up a Diverse Menu

    Hillel at UCLA enjoys a good relationship with the local Chabad (“Sharing the Next Gen — Hillel and Chabad on Campus,” Oct. 25). The unconditional love they exhibit is indeed laudable, and it is true that Chabad’s free Friday night dinners...

  • Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, survivor, 94

    October 25, 2013 | 9:10 am

    Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, 94, of Los Angeles passed away at home Oct. 10th with her family by her side. A Holocaust survivor, Sophie inspired many people with both her courage and her warmth.

    Sophie was born in Bedzin, Poland, in 1919 and was trained as a tailor before World War...

  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • Seeking consolation

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    How does an irreligious Jew find consolation at a religious service?

    Seeking such consolation, I attended the Hillel at UCLA High Holy Days services conducted by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller. I don’t often go to services, but in February our oldest daughter, Robin, died, and I felt...

  • Academy for Jewish Religion moves to Koreatown

    By Ryan Torok

    September 18, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    For the first time since the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA (AJR-CA), was founded 13 years ago, the pluralistic institution that trains rabbis, cantors and chaplains has its own space. The school moved from Westwood into the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier this...

  • New Hillel president: We’re going to be inclusive

    July 16, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    The Talmudic sage Hillel famously disagreed with Shammai, but still respected him and promoted ahavat Yisrael — the love of every Jew. As the incoming president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Eric Fingerhut wants to channel the spirit of the organization’s...

  • Student killed in Egypt was active in Hillel, motivated by peace

    June 29, 2013 | 10:47 pm

    Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region.

    “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and...

  • Helping grads on their Jewish journey

    June 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    As a Hillel director for the last seven years, I have come to love this time of year. Graduation is the moment to celebrate not just academic learning, but the personal growth and discovery students experience during their university years. Sitting among the friends and family...

  • Love, Birthright style

    May 8, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Now entering its 13th year, Taglit-Birthright Israel’s goal is to strengthen the Jewish identity of its participants and their connection to Israel. Yet the popular program also has provided a platform for untold numbers of young singles to form lasting, loving partnerships.

    ...
  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association elects gay rabbi to lead group

    March 14, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has elected an openly gay rabbi to lead the national rabbinic organization.

    Rabbi Jason Klein, the executive director of Hillel at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 2006, was elected to lead the RRA during its 39th...

  • A Reflection on Responsibility

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    Responsibility is one of the most important midot (character traits) to cultivate in one’s soul. Acharayut (responsibility in Hebrew) comes from the root “acher” (other). To take responsibility means to cultivate the “ability” for response” to an “other.” This responsibility to...

  • Ashton Rosin: Bearing witness on campus

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel was recently asked if he feared future generations might forget the Holocaust once the last surviving witnesses had perished, he answered that he had quelled his anxiety over this problem with a simple dictum: “To listen to a witness,”...

  • Women praying to be heard at the Western Wall

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 19, 2012 | 10:23 am

    We approached the entrance to the Kotel Plaza a little before 7 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh Tevet. In my bag was my tallit, the beautiful purple-and-blue one that was hand woven as a gift from the students and faculty at USC more than 20 years ago, when I completed my time there as the...

  • Buffalo rabbis condemn High Holidays hiring at Buffalo Hillel

    November 5, 2012 | 10:25 am

    The Buffalo Board of Rabbis condemned the involvement in High Holidays services at the University of Buffalo Hillel of a rabbi who was expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly over ethics violations.

    Rabbi A. Charles Shalman ran this year's High Holidays services at the Hillel on...

  • Wayne Firestone stepping down as CEO of Hillel

    September 21, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    After seven years as the chief executive at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Wayne Firestone will be stepping down from his post in June 2013.

    Firestone, who has worked at Hillel for more than a decade and served as its CEO since 2005, spent Thursday and Friday...

  • Hillel’s new plan: Programming for and by students not so involved in Hillel

    August 14, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    Meet 22-year-old Jeremy Moskowitz, the poster child for what Hillel hopes will be a revolution in campus Jewish life. The catch: He didn’t spend much time at Hillel during his four years at Duke University.

    Moskowitz attended Jewish day school before college, but chose Duke in...

  • ‘Anti-Israelism is driven by the existence of the Jewish state, not its policies’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 11, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    A discussion on Israel advocacy with Matthew Ackerman of The David Project, a non-profit organization ‎dedicated to positively shaping campus opinion on Israel, and the lead author of The David Project’s ‎recently released report, “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy...

  • The truth about UC Campuses

    March 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Feb. 3 was a historic day for the University of California and its Hillels. On that day, UC President Mark Yudof met with all of the UC Hillel directors in his office in Oakland to discuss our observations regarding how Israel is faring on campus, how the Jewish community perceives...

  • Hillel’s voice is back, and she sounds great!

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    February 3, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    This week I write to you from Jerusalem, inspired by the headline story from this past Tuesday ‘s Ha’aretz. On the first morning of my trip, here is the headline I woke up to: “New Orthodox Rabbinical Group Puts Israeli Women at Its Head – Hopes to Counter Creeping Religious...

  • Jewish theater: From Yiddish to multiculturalism

    February 1, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    What defines “Jewish” theater?  David Chack, a playwright and president of the Association for Jewish Theatre, promises that question will be among the subjects examined at the association’s upcoming conference, Feb. 5-8 at the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at...

  • Berkeley Hillel leaders urge students to reconsider J Street rejection

    December 12, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Hillel leaders at the University of California, Berkeley, are urging the Jewish Student Union on campus to reconsider its rejection of J Street’s campus affiliate.

    The Jewish Student Union, an umbrella body for UC Berkeley Jewish student groups, voted last month to deny membership...

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