Rachel Eden Klein hopes to attract the disengaged to her four county campuses.
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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.”
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.
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.
IDF vet says American Jewish establishment pays more attention to its feelings about Israel than to facts on the ground.
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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.
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.
(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.
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.
The recent controversies over the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli universities, and Swarthmore Hillel’s rejection of Hillel International’s Israel guidelines, are but two recent examples of how small groups can steal the limelight and divert attention from the most important Jewish issue on our campus and communal agenda: Jewish identity-building.