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
Increasing Lay Leaders, Donor Prospects, and Israel Trip Participants
Applied Jewish Wisdom From Sukkot
By Bradley Caro Cook, Ed.D.
This is the second article in a series on growth hacking for Jewish engagement. As a gritty Jewish social entrepreneur who has grown micro-communities in nine cities, I will provide you with practical, grassroots, and research-based techniques to amplify your Jewish engagement. These techniques can be applied … [Read more...] about Adventures in Growth Hacking:
Who’s in Your “Sukkah”?
Indicators like primary turnout and high levels of early voting already show that the midterm elections, just days away, could have the highest voter turnout in 50 years for a non-presidential election. And the participation of young people, which has failed to materialize in recent past elections, could be key.
MitzVote, Hillel International’s non-partisan campaign to register first-time voters on college campuses across the United States is … [Read more...] about MitzVote –
“Today You are a Voter!”
By Adam Lehman When I transitioned from more than 20 years as a business builder to joining Hillel International as its Chief Operating Officer, many friends shared their unsolicited warnings to me about the challenges I would encounter: “Everything will move as slow as molasses.”; “Your colleagues will have a 9-to-5 mentality”; and “You’ll be overwhelmed by the bureaucracy of trying to get anything done.” Three years later, I can … [Read more...] about True Confessions of a Business Type Managing in a Nonprofit World
By Aaron Dorfman and Rabbi Ayalon Eliach Two out of every three Americans believe democracy is getting weaker. The other third has apparently not watched the news for the past 10 years. The weakening of democracy should concern all of us irrespective of our political leanings because democracy transcends partisanship. It is the container that allows us to even have debates about how best to govern ourselves, the context that enables us to … [Read more...] about Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy?