Jewish campus life

Alt Break New Orleans: Not So Big, Not So Easy.

02/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

When one mentions New Orleans to anyone who has been there, they generally respond with stupor-induced memories of the French Quarter and vague recollections of jazz.

Alex Rubin

Jewish Community’s Blind Spot: Not Listening To Our Students

The American Jewish community spends a good deal of time and money worrying about campus life these days, particularly regarding how Israel is criticized, attacked and delegitimized by professors, students and outside agitators.

Finding Meaning in Miami

01/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

About three months ago, a close friend who attends the University of Delaware asked if I would like to accompany her school’s Hillel on an eight day trip to Miami, Florida. I could earn community service hours, and have an inexpensive vacation. I thought, “eight days in the Miami sun? I’m there!” and I signed up for the trip. What I thought would be a week of tanning on the beach was actually the most influential learning experience of my life.

Mara Markinson

Fighting Fires at Home and Abroad

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

As the lights of the Chanukah candles burned, students took time from studying for finals to help deal with fires of a different sort on campus and in Israel. Anti-Semitism, anti-Israel activities, and the devastating impact of fires in Israel all intruded on pre-exam schedules.

David Meyer

Fighting Fires at Home and Abroad

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

As the lights of the Chanukah candles burned, students took time from studying for finals to help deal with fires of a different sort on campus and in Israel. Anti-Semitism, anti-Israel activities, and the devastating impact of fires in Israel all intruded on pre-exam schedules.

David Meyer

Challenging Checkpoints: A Success Story At Columbia

11/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

A recent Opinion piece,  “Exclude Me At Your Own Peril” (Oct. 26) by a fellow Columbia University student, depicted the ostensible fragmentation and dissolution of the pro-Israel movement, especially a Columbia. It described the necessity to acknowledge the conflict at home - referring to the growing division in the Jewish community concerning Israel and Israeli policy - before addressing the conflict abroad.

I write today to tell a very different story.

A Generation 'Up for Grabs' at the GA

11/12/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

When protesters heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in New Orleans, the adults in the audience may have been surprised or even shocked. Many of the students in the 600-strong Hillel presence had a different reaction.

Rachel Racoosin

Speaking Out at Rutgers, Celebrating at USC and Syracuse

11/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Hundreds of Jewish students will be in attendance at this week's General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans. And these future community leaders are getting  real-world training in Jewish activism on campuses across the country.

David Meyer

Disappearing Hillels, Invading Students and Killer Videos

10/20/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

History is being made! The first woman-written Torah scroll made its worldwide debut on campus last week. The Big Easy is getting ready for the biggest onslaught of Jewish college students in its history. Two Hillels have disappeared from the map and students want to know why. And students at two Israeli universities produced must-watch videos from Israeli universities that feature air-guitaring professors, Albert Einstein, underwater camera work, roller ballet and, yes, more. They’ll make you go Gaga.

 History is Written Into Parchment

Meira Kirschbaum

Building Buildings, Creating Safe Environments

10/14/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The Jewish campus community continues to address the emotional and spiritual needs of students on campus in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi at Rutgers. Hillels are taking the lead in creating accepting environments for students of all sexual preferences.

Meira Kirschbaum
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