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Jews In Middle America Fret About Attracting Millennials

11/05/2014
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Des Moines, Iowa  Before she visited Drake University, Lilianna Bernstein never had set foot in Des Moines, let alone imagined that she would one day settle down in the city.

New Hillels Director Coming Home, Sort Of

Rachel Eden Klein hopes to attract the disengaged to her four county campuses.

10/01/2014
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Never mind that Rachel Eden Klein, the new executive director for the Hillels of Westchester “was not very active in Hillel at Delaware or Penn,” she said, referring to the colleges where she did her undergraduate and graduate work. “What drove me to this is that I was the statistic of the disengaged, young adult Jew who wasn’t involved.”

Rachel Eden Klein, a self-described "temple brat," comes to the Hillels of Westchester from a career in social work.

Campuses Hone Tactics As BDS Wars Loom

In wake of Gaza conflict, local students, officials expect tense atmosphere as semester begins.

08/20/2014
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In Gaza, there may be a cease-fire, but for Jewish college students, the war is about to begin.

Groups as varied as J Street U and the Israel Action Network are bracing for what many insiders believe will be the most contentious school year yet.

Brooklyn College Hillel's Creative Coexistence group shares some of their work. Courtesy of Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College
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J Street U: A Third Of Hillel Int'l Board Should Be Students

05/16/2014
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Our community has seen astonishing shifts around what kind of conversation is “allowed” when we talk about Israel. Last month, over 300 students gathered at the first ever J Street U Student Town Hall to discuss this shifting landscape. We invited Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International’s CEO, to join us. Though he originally committed to attending, he canceled due to scheduling issues.

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A Student Says Enough Of Talking About How We Talk About Israel

05/01/2014
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What do Oded Na’aman of Breaking the Silence and Hen Mazzig of Stand With Us have in common? They are both former IDF soldiers who tour the United States to speak about their experiences serving Israel.

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Plugging Our Ears Does Not Serve Israel

IDF vet says American Jewish establishment pays more attention to its feelings about Israel than to facts on the ground.

04/28/2014
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I was born in Israel. I served in the Army. Israel is the only home I know. You would think my speaking to students at Hillel would be welcomed. Yet my presentation to students at Washington University’s Hillel in St. Louis last month sparked a storm of controversy.

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Hillel Is Not The Place For Anti-Israel Discussion

03/26/2014

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, a senior fellow of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), and author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (2013), is someone I deeply respect. However, his latest Opinion essay (“Limiting Debate on Israel Will Only Hurt Us,” The Jewish Week, Feb. 4) is a perspective that, if acted upon, has the potential to actually hurt our community.

Hillel: Harvard Students’ Visit To Arafat’s Grave ‘Causing Understandable Concern’

03/26/2014

(JNS.org) Hillel International responded to growing criticism over a visit by Harvard University students on a Hillel-sponsored tour of Israel to former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s grave near Ramallah.

Combatting BDS On Campus

How do you combat BDS on college campuses? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with David Berman, assistant director, Hillel at Binghamton about the recent mock eviction notices placed on Jewish students' doors and how Hillel is training students to combat BDS.

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