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  • 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,”...

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  • 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...

  • Hillel to launch its own tents for Israel

    August 9, 2011 | 12:33 pm

    Call it the tent movement.

    In Israel, tent cities are popping up throughout the country as part of a broad social protest against high housing prices in the Jewish state.

    In America, Hillel is planning to set up tents at 20 campuses across the country this fall as places for...

  • UCLA Hillel Honors Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 12, 2011 | 7:51 am

    A few hundred of Los Angeles’ Iranian and American Jews gathered on June 2nd at a UCLA Hillel dinner gala honoring the L.A.-based Iranian Jewish Women’s Organization (IJWO) because of the groups long standing financial and community support for the UCLA Hillel center. The...

  • First Hillel hoops tourney tipping off at Maryland

    April 6, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Men’s and women’s teams from 20 colleges will compete at the University of Maryland in the inaugural National Hillel Basketball Tournament.

    Twenty-five men’s teams and seven women’s squads will be participating in the tournament this weekend, with the women’s final at 3:15...

  • Brandeis Hillel again rejects membership bid by Jewish Voice for Peace

    March 30, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    The Brandeis University Hillel has rejected a second membership bid by the controversial Jewish student group Jewish Voice for Peace.

    Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP asking the...

  • Brandeis Hillel excludes a controversial group on Israel, generating debate

    March 14, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Hillel may be the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, but that doesn’t mean every Jewish student group is welcome.

    Last week, Brandeis University’s Hillel voted not to accept the membership bid of the local campus chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that has been...

  • Brandeis Hillel rejects Jewish Voice for Peace

    March 9, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    The Brandeis University Hillel voted to reject Jewish Voice for Peace as a member group.

    Andrea Wexler, student president of the Hillel chapter at the suburban Boston school, explained in a letter to Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish organization that champions Palestinian rights,...

  • UC-San Diego Hillel director reflects on divestment battle

    August 17, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Last April, Keri Copans, Hillel’s campus director at the University of California, San Diego, learned that a measure was about to come before her student government asking the university to divest from companies that do business with “occupying” powers.

    The bill didn’t mention...

  • Hillel 818 Salutes Educators

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 20, 2010 | 7:27 pm

    Hillel 818 held its ninth annual dinner celebration at Valley Beth Shalom on Jan. 28, honoring professors Donald Bleich, Zev Garber and Rita R. Werner with Distinguished Educator Awards. The dinner centerpieces, filled with needed school supplies, were donated to Community Build, an organization that helps at-risk youth. Hillel 818 represents more than 8,000 Jewish students at Pierce and Los Angeles Valley colleges and CSUN.

  • A new twist on spring break in Florida: Volunteering

    March 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Spending spring break is a tradition of sorts for college students, but rather than partying, 57 Hillel members from seven campuses headed to Miami last week to volunteer at a youth center in the downtrodden Overtown district.

    Instead of swimming and sunning on the beach or getting...

  • Report: Communities Must Do More to Attract Birthright Alums

    March 23, 2009 | 3:29 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Nearly 160,000 young Jews from North America have taken part in Taglit-Birthright Israel, a 10-day free Israel trip aimed at revving up their Jewish identities.

    Of those no longer in college, only half have attended any Jewish event since their return.

    That’s...

  • Hillel Official Julian Sandler Dies

    March 23, 2009 | 12:21 am

    Julian Sandler, chairman of the Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Board of Directors, has died.

    Sandler, who served Hillel for 15 years, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 64.

    He served as treasurer and vice chair of the Hillel board of directors and as chair of its...

  • Rachel Bookstein: ‘We work better together’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Working on a college campus, Rachel Bookstein is constantly talking to students about sex. She has very strong opinions about it -- as does her husband of 11 years. A self-declared "Torah-observant feminist," Bookstein found the place where she thinks Judaism and feminism meet in the...
  • New UC president keeps kosher, loves Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2008 | 3:43 pm

    The new president of the University of California's 10 campuses and 220,000 students keeps a kosher home, lectures on Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed" as intellectual stimulation and spends Yom Kippur at the synagogue.

    It might not be enough.

    "The higher I rise in the...

  • In lieu of perfection

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two Jews once came before the Talmudic sage Rav Yannai.

    "The branches of his tree extend into the public domain," one claimed. "They're a public hazard, interfering with the camel traffic. Master, you must surely rule that he is obligated to remove the tree."

    The tree owner...

  • Beit T’Shuvah, Jewish/Arab day schools, Charlton Heston

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Beit T'Shuvah

    I would like to thank you for printing "Rescuing Jewish Addicts -- A Day in the Life at Beit T'Shuvah" by Roberto Loiederman (April 25).

    The article is so well written, and it's so important that our community knows that an agency of our Federation is serving those...
  • Hillel opens doors to non-Jews, campus at large

    By Ben Harris

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Hillel centers on university campuses were viewed not long ago as little more than the local Jewish hangout, a place where students could come for kosher meals or socialize with other Jews.

    But in a move that Hillel leaders say has been forced upon them by this generation's altered...

  • Briefs: Jewish Dems slam Huckabee; ‘Settlement’ crackdown expected

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Outpost Crackdown Seen This Week

    Vice Premier Haim Ramon said last week that troops and police could be deployed as early as this week for a mass-removal of outposts erected in the West Bank without state approval. He indicated that the operation could be timed to coincide with...

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