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  • At J Street U event, Hillel president regrets hurt for backing out of J Street conference

    2 weeks ago

    Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel International, apologized to J Street U student leaders for any hurt he caused when he backed out as a speaker at the group’s conference in March.

    Fingerhut was speaking Monday before 122 leaders during J Street U’s three-day summer...

  • Jewish far left entitlement reaches new heights

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    March 25, 2015 | 11:10 am

    Last week a former college student who was president of her local Hillel resigned her position and posted about it on her school newspaper in, “Former President of Hillel Speaks Out.”

    The summary of her story is, basically, that she joined her college’s Hillel, became president,...

  • J Street U students describe emotional, polarized Israel climate on campus

    March 25, 2015 | 9:27 am

    At noon Monday, several hundred students marched through the bright March sunshine from the J Street conference at the Washington Convention Center for a protest.

    “This is not a march!” organizers pleaded as the orderly group moved south from the Carnegie Library to the...

  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block: BDS ‘isn’t going to be sustained on this campus’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 18, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Evidence of the concern within UCLA’s Jewish community stemming from recent events on campus could be seen on March 16 by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s visitors that day.

    Just before an interview with the Jewish Journal that morning, Block met with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,...

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  • Swarthmore Hillel votes to disaffiliate with Hillel Int’l

    March 17, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Swarthmore Hillel’s student board voted to drop its affiliation with Hillel International and change its name, citing Hillel International’s restrictions on Israel issues.

    Following an extended debate, the 11-member board elected late Monday night in a 7-3 vote to drop the...

  • Hillel again taking heat over limiting Israel debate

    March 17, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Hillel President Eric Fingerhut’s decision to withdraw from the upcoming J Street conference has again drawn Hillel into conflict over the boundaries of acceptable criticism of Israel.

    Some two years after the Open Hillel movement emerged to challenge Hillel International’s...

  • Hillel, we are not your tools but your partners

    March 16, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    When Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut announced his decision to withdraw a commitment to speak to over 1,000 students at the upcoming J Street National Conference, he expressed only one major regret.

    In his statement last week, Fingerhut lamented that he would miss...

  • Food: The great uniter

    By Ryan Torok

    March 10, 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Several Muslim and Jewish students are working with UC San Diego leadership toward opening a dining hall that offers kosher and halal hot food options. 

    In so doing, the school will become the first campus in the University of California system to have this kind of a dining hall,...

  • Why Santa Barbara Hillel’s largest donor is the Jewish Federation of … Boston

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Hillel, was concerned when annual funding allocations from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were cut year after year, beginning in 2011. But he wasn’t surprised.

    After all, officials from the two...

  • On campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken lead

    December 17, 2014 | 2:43 pm

    Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia.

    That’s because organizations such as Hillel and historically Jewish Greek houses, such as Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), Zeta Beta Tau...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Waxman honored at UCLA Hillel

    November 12, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Dignitaries, students and Jewish community members gathered on Nov. 10 at Hillel at UCLA to celebrate the legacy of U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and the 40 years he has spent representing the area.

    “Why do we here all love Congressman Henry Waxman?” his successor,...

  • Controversies roil UCLA, Berkeley campuses

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    “Leaked emails reveal partnership between Hillel, PR firm,” read the headline on a story that made the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Bruin, the lively UCLA student newspaper.

    The plotline for this story may seem a bit arcane for those not up-to-date on campus politics, but the...

  • Open Hillel is a necessary intervention

    October 13, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Four rabbis are engaged in an animated debate about Jewish law. Three of them agree, but the dissenter is adamant that he’s got it right. He cries out: “A sign, God, I beg You, a sign!”

    It begins to rain, but the three in the majority are not swayed. “Another sign, please God!”

    ...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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