Eric Fingerhut

Hillel Chief Eric Fingerhut Agrees To Meeting With J Street Students

03/25/2015

The president of the Jewish campus group Hillel agreed to a meeting with student activists from the liberal lobby J Street.

Hillel's Missed Opportunity

03/11/2015
Editorial

In pulling out of the JStreet Conference, the campus organization's leader forfeited a chance to inspire our next generation.

The organized Jewish community’s ongoing debate over if, when and how to deal with J Street is in the news again. On the eve of the controversial left-wing lobby’s national convention, set for March 21-24 in Washington, D.C., Eric Fingerhut, the international president and CEO of Hillel International, has announced his withdrawal as a featured speaker. His statement said that “after reviewing the full list of speakers,” he concluded “any benefit that might have come from this opportunity would be overshadowed by concerns regarding my participation amongst other speakers who have made highly inflammatory statements against the Jewish state.”

Hillel's Fingerhut Withdraws From JStreet Conference

03/10/2015
Staff Writer

Eric Fingerhut, president of Hillel International, said today that he is withdrawing from the annual conference of the J Street “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization because he objects to some of the other speakers.

Open Hillel Launches First Conference

Group against Hillel International’s ban on pro-BDS organizations promises diversity of viewpoints at three-day event.

09/10/2014
Editorial Intern

Open Hillel, which began two years ago in response to Harvard Hillel’s refusal to host a conference entitled “Jewish Voices Against Israel and the Occupation,” will be holding its first national conference next month at Harvard University.

Student conference for Open Hillel will be hosted by Harvard University in October. Via iowa.hillel.org

J Street U: A Third Of Hillel Int'l Board Should Be Students

05/16/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Gabriel T. Erbs

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

05/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Morriah Kaplan

Hillel President's: How And Why We 'Balanced' IDF Vet's Talk

04/28/2014

Editor's Note: Breaking the Silence, an organization of IDF veterans that publicly discusses their experiences serving in what they call the "Occupied Territories" obtained this letter from a Hillel member. In it, Hillel Internationl's CEO, Eric Fingerhut, discusses how his organization reacted to a presentation at Washington University's Hillel by a member of Breaking the Silence, Oded Na'aman. Please find an opinion piece by Na'aman here

Friends:

This week I have received emails regarding the program involving J Street U, Breaking the Silence, and Hillel at Washington University. Many expressed anger and opposition to Hillel’s decision to host the program. 

Eric Fingerhut

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
Special To The Jewish Week

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.

Oded Na'aman

Hillel On The Spot At Swarthmore

Dialogue open with rogue group, but new CEO says guidelines on Israel must be enforced.

12/18/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a growing debate over the boundaries of student discourse on Israel, the president and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life said he is not concerned about rebellion in the ranks after the small chapter at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania openly scorned the organization’s guidelines.

Swarthmore Hillel’s Joshua Wolfsun and Hillel CEO Eric Fingerhut

Hillel And Its Donors Repress Real Conversation About Israel

12/15/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

J Street U student leaders across the country have all had “the conversation.” It’s the moment when your Hillel director calls you into her office and tells you like it is: “If I support the work you’re doing around Israel, we could lose a major funder. It’s either you or $50,000 that will benefit all your peers.”

Jacob Plitman
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