Campus Confidential

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

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

Queens College Hillel Social Justice Group Takes on Labor Violations

01/12/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Two years ago, during my freshman year at Queens College, I found my passion for Jewish social justice when I started a Challah for Hunger chapter on campus, an organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread.

Weekly, a group of students gather to knead and braid dough and discuss social justice issues. The next day, the fresh bread is sold to Jews and non-Jews alike to benefit both Darfur relief efforts and local hunger initiatives.

Dasi Fruchter

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

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

Campus Confidential: Fighting Gay Bashing, Football Scheduling Protests and More

10/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The future is happening now. In Manhattan’s Union Square, typical Sukkahs get a cool, modern makeover. Shabbat in a box is being handed out at the University of Southern California. Traditions are taking on a new twist as Jewish students incorporate interesting ideas to make the holidays more exciting. Jews and Muslims are taking on a modern and mature approach by sharing the holidays with each other.

Meira Kirschbaum

Ten Days of Awesomeness!

09/26/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are holidays for deep reflection, confession and apology. This year, with the High Holy Days coinciding with major college football games, the beginning of the school year and other season-opening activities, students are contemplating what to do when conflicts arise – while university officials, from New York to Tennessee, are making this a season for saying they’re sorry.

Ten Days of Awesomeness at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County
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