By Shana Medel for eJewishPhilanthropy.com A college student in ripped jeans and a tank top gazes at a whiteboard scrawled with Hebrew words. A few seats away sits a middle-aged man in a crisp polo, twiddling a pencil between his fingers as he recites the Aleph-Bet. They’re among the roughly 250 people enrolled in a free, 10-week Hebrew course offered by Hillel Russia. Each Sunday, the Hebrew beginners gather in a sun-flecked pavilion … [Read more...] about Off Campus: How Hillels outside North America Reach Students of all Ages
By Allison Gerstley This semester, I’ve been working as a graduate student development intern at GW Hillel and taking a fundraising course concurrently as part of my master’s program. With no prior fundraising experience beyond phone banking at my undergrad university, I figured experience in fundraising and philanthropy would prove beneficial in my future career as a Jewish educator. Though I hope to eventually work in a setting where I am … [Read more...] about Fundraising vs. Fun-Raising: How Development Work and Experiential Education Intersect
By David Katz The famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble creates music by blending musicians from multiple genres. A classical pianist, a virtuoso bagpiper and a celebrated oud player join to push the boundaries of musical creativity. Ma curates the ensemble based on “edge effect” an ecological concept describing the diversity of life that exists when two eco-systems overlap. When the forest meets the prairie, plants and animals create … [Read more...] about A Silk Road Hillel
Rabbi Benjamin Berger is joining Hillel International as Vice President for Jewish Education. In his new role, Rabbi Berger will oversee the Hillel U Center for Jewish and Israel Education, charged with leading the growth and development of all Hillel professionals in the core areas of Hillel’s mission, strengthening all Hillel staff as learners and educators.
Most recently, Rabbi Berger served the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. … [Read more...] about Comings and Goings:
Staff Changes at Hillel International; URJ Kutz Camp to Close
By Shana Medel The little details mattered to Keren Khait. As the creator of Russian Restaurant at Hillel 818, the 22-year-old knew the annual event wouldn’t be authentic without them. She crafted homemade centerpieces from empty bottles and calla lilies to adorn each black-clothed table packed with hungry students. She designed a menu of Russian comfort food, including plov, a classic rice and meat dish, and piroshki, a savory puff … [Read more...] about Russian-speaking Jewish Students Find a Home at Hillel