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Publisher’s Letter For many of the more than 100,000 Jewish students entering college each year, moving to campus represents your first time living away from home — away from your parents, siblings and friends, from your synagogue and youth group, even your own bed. In short, everything familiar. College can never perfectly replicate home, and that’s a good thing. One of the benefits of the college experience is that you can begin to make decisions for yourself, about what classes to take, how to dress, and even how to express your Judaism. For some, like Sarah, a freshman at Penn State University who shares her story in this issue, that transition can be difficult. But she is not alone, and neither are you. Hillel is here to help, even before you arrive on campus. In this issue of Hillel College Guide magazine, you’ll find advice and resources to help you find the college experience that’s right for you — from up-to-date listings of the most popular schools for Jewish students, to articles on study abroad programs, mindfulness and health, entertainment and tech. Once you arrive on campus, you’ll find Hillel a welcoming, inclusive place to connect with your classmates, your Judaism, Israel and the world. Like Sarah and Noah, another student who shares his story in this issue, you’re likely to make some of your best friends at a Hillel event — whether on campus or off. And nothing says family like having Jewish penicillin — chicken noodle soup — delivered to your dorm room when you’re sick. We’re about far more than Shabbat dinners and services at Hillel (although we’ve got you covered for those). Interested in visiting Israel or volunteering during spring break? Keep reading to find out how Hillel can make it happen. Have an idea of your own for Jewish study? For social justice? Interfaith dialogue? Hillel encourages your participation and innovation. As you’ll read inside, Hillel has inspired and trained generations of new leaders. Now it’s your turn. I wish you good luck as you begin your journey. Hillel looks forward to accompanying you along the way. ERIC fInGERHuT PRESIDEnT AnD CEO H I L L E L I n T E R n AT I O n A L

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For those involved with Jewish leadership, scholarships abound ˝ Judaism values charitable giving, community involvement and education, so it is little wonder then that there are a number of scholarships available for Jewish youth leaders. The National Jewish Committee on Scouting offers three scholarships to Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle, earn the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem and have a demonstrated involvement with their synagogue. The Chester M. Vernon Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program award winner receives a $1,000 scholarship per year for four years; the Rick Arkans Eagle Scout Scholarship Program recipient receives a one-time $1,000 scholarship; and the Frank L. Weil Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship Program offers a $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships. Vernon and Arkans applicants must submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) to prove need. Scholarship application forms are available online at Bruce Chudacoff, national chairman of the NJCS, himself a Distinguished Eagle Scout, said the typical award recipient has shown a high level of involvement in his troop, may have worked at Boy Scouts of America summer camps and may have 8 Hillel • Jewish Life on Campus

executed leadership in the Order of the Arrow. Recipients tend to be well-rounded individuals with good grades and have involvement in extracurricular activities both with their school and synagogue. Chudacoff is building on a vision for creating a “continuum of Jewish involvement” that extends from Jewish scouting to involvement in Jewish activities on college campuses, such as in Hillel or with Jewish fraternities and sororities, which will provide the training for those individuals to be leaders of the Jewish community in adulthood. The Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation (SAMF), founded by alumni brothers of the historically Jewish fraternity, offers endowed scholarships for high school seniors involved with United Synagogue Youth and the North American Federation of Temple Youth, the youth groups of the Conservative and Reform movements, respectively. As part of the foundation’s mission to fund scholarships and promote educational excellence, SAM alumni endowed the Hanno P. Mott USY Scholarship and the James Alexander NFTY Scholarship that recognize high school seniors who have shown academic excellence, leadership and Jewish involvement. Both scholarships

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gives the feel of the Spanish culture and architecture she was looking for. Having been there for eight weeks, Ingber has learned so much already, both about Seville and about herself. “I’ve learned that I am capable of adapting well to an environment that is completely different from anything I’ve ever been exposed to before,” said Ingber, a management and psychology major from Basking Ridge, N.J. “Being exposed to a completely new culture with new surroundings, new people, new food and sometimes even a new language is something that will change your life.” Jillian Arenson spent a semester abroad in London during her first year at Arcadia (Pa.) University — and then went again her junior year. When she left for her classes at the University of Westminster the first time as

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Klezmer’s comeback hits high note with college musicians ˝ Klezmer clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin was showing off what he thought was his best recorded performance of the Eastern European Jewish musical style when his listener gave him a nod of approval. “Oh, that was nice,” she said. “It sounds just like ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’” Oy! Klezmer is so much deeper — and darker — than its “happygo-lucky wedding music” stereotype, says Rubin, who directs the University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble, which he established a decade ago. If you’re intrigued to hear the music — which originated with itinerant professional wedding musicians — played live or want to put your arm to the fiddle or lips to the clarinet, there are student klezmer bands at many American universities. A few, such as the UVA Klezmer Ensemble, offer class credit. Most, such as the Yale Klezmer Band and the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble (known as CUKE and formed by Rubin), are student-led outfits. Generally, the groups are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members. Numbers ebb and flow as students graduate and migrate elsewhere, as itinerant klezmorim were wont to do. At UVA, the ensemble this year includes a viola, two violins, trombone and keyboards, plus Rubin, an associate professor and director of music performance at the university. The group rehearses four times a week and performs a full-length concert each semester. Guest musicians lead workshops. And the group is often invited to perform off campus. What’s a wedding without a klezmer band, right?

Klezmer was in decline until the ’70s and ’80s, when some musicians sought to bring back Old Country folkways before they were lost to acculturation. Rubin was introduced to klezmer by some of those revivalists 35 years ago and was hooked. “Most people didn’t know what klezmer was back then,” he says. “Today, it’s not exactly a mass market, but it occupies a comfortable niche.”


At Carnegie Mellon University, the eight-member Carnegie Shpil Company holds its rehearsals at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh. The group’s founder, alto saxophonist David Zaidins, formed his first klezmer band to play at his bar mitzvah. Now 25, he kept swinging with the Carnegie Shpil Company even after graduation. “I enjoy the process of listening to the old records,” he said, “and discovering parts of my Jewish history that are lost in today’s culture.” — DAvID HOLzEL 13

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was born Jewish, raised Jewish, went to a Jewish summer camp and had a bat mitzvah. Then, like other young Jewish people you may know, I sort of fell off the Jewish geography map — but not for the reasons you might suspect. Jewish youth groups weren’t my scene, and most of my friends were people who did not identify with the Jewish faith or culture. In high school, I actually felt more in tune with my Hispanic side than my Jewish one. I was Jew-ish, but I never felt particularly in tune with my Judaism. Yes, you read that correctly. I am Hispanic. I probably don’t look like what you were picturing. You’re not the only one to be surprised. I fielded a lot of questions growing up, questions like: “You mean, you’re half Jewish?” Nope, full Jewish, I told them. Both sides. “So you’re Sephardic, then?” Again, nope. Full Ashkenazi. People didn’t know where to place me, and neither did I. I’m a double minority: a hispana among Jews, a judía to the Hispanic/Latino population. For a long time, I honestly felt like an outsider among both groups. So I decided — wrongly — that these parts of me had to be kept separate, shielding part of my identity when coming into contact with either Hispanics or Jewish people. I became a chameleon. I was never ashamed of who I was. But it was just easier to assume one identity or the other. I felt like I was hiding from the world, hiding from myself. I wasn’t embracing every part of myself. I was only showing one side of myself for fear of making other people uncomfortable. And the result was so unsatisfying. Imagine if only half of an orchestra played a symphony while the other half of the musicians sat silently on stage. As a listener, you might still enjoy the experience to an extent, but you’d be missing so much music. Your experience would feel incomplete at best. That incomplete feeling, of stifling my own sound, didn’t suddenly disappear when I went to college. But in my freshman year, I threw myself headfirst into Jewish life, even serving on the student board at Hillel. Slowly but surely, I felt more Jewish, and learned more about my Hispanic side as well. The more I



learned, the more comfortable I felt with myself — my whole self. I started engaging people, and the more people I talked to, the more confident I became. I had finally embraced my identity. I’m still a double minority, but I don’t feel the need to hide one side of myself. I am all of me, from my Argentine accent in Spanish to my curly hair. In this globalized society, I came to realize there are fewer people who identify as “just Jewish.” People fall into multiple categories. I’m not alone. I know this because I continue to meet people like me or who feel as I once did. Finding your identity is hard. Accepting it can be even harder. But I’ve learned that you don’t need to hide parts of yourself to reassure other people. Many people will actually be interested and excited to find out how multifaceted you are. Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Emily Goldstein is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. 15





can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t participating in some type of sport — basketball, track, discus. Growing up in Virginia, I can remember one other constant in my life: I was always active in my local Jewish community, attending after-school programs at my local Jewish Community Center and working as a counselor and assistant art teacher at JCC summer camps. I was also involved in the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and served in many leadership positions including as president, or n’siah. Sports and Judaism kept me pretty busy, but blocking out time and sticking to a schedule really helped to lessen my stress and made juggling all of these commitments possible. I owe the Richmond Jewish community for introducing me to the world of sports. My love for basketball started at the JCC, where I was the tallest girl on the junior WNBA team. It was a lot of fun and a great way to hang out with my friends after Hebrew school on Sundays. Later, in middle school, I continued playing basketball because I loved the sport and loved the feeling of winning and working hard on a team devoted to a common goal. When it came time for college, I assumed my glory days of sports were over. George Mason is a Division I school, and the standards are as high as you’d expect. So when I started out as a freshman, I thought I would stick to playing a club sport, until one of my Jewish friends convinced me to walk onto the rowing team with her. I had never rowed before, and I had a lot to learn, even as a lifelong athlete. But I fell in love with the sport from the start, even though it meant getting up at 5 a.m. every day (no easy feat for a college student). As I dipped my oars into the sport of rowing, I was simultaneously making my way into the Jewish community on campus. My freshman year, I helped to cook Shabbat dinners every Friday and was appointed Shabbat chair. My sophomore year, I helped out with Shabbat dinners and was involved in several Jewish events on campus. Along the way, I made connections and found some


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of my best friends at school. One of these connections helped me to become a lifeguard at Camp Perlman, a Jewish sleep-away camp, where last summer I served as waterfront director. As fun as camp was, traveling to Israel on George Mason University Hillel’s Taglit Birthright trip was the highlight of my summer, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The trip gave me the opportunity to connect with people on my campus I never really knew (and didn’t know were Jewish) and with Israelis of all kinds. My fondest memory is of playing with a classroom of Ethiopian refugee children who crawled all over us like we were human jungle gyms. When I came back to Virginia, I wanted to share my love of Israel, and so I became internal communications chair for the Israeli Student Association on campus. I also started working at a local Hebrew school with third-grade students. All of these Jewish experiences have helped to shape my identity, instilling in me the leadership qualities that helped me to become elected captain of George Mason’s rowing team. I learned the value of working hard and the benefits that come with putting in that hard work. At the same time, the discipline that rowing has instilled in me has also helped me to become a better leader and teacher in the Jewish community. Rowing has taught me that everything takes time, that life is a process. As long as you trust that process and continuously work toward your end goal, you will succeed. Morgan Silverstein is a senior at George Mason University.


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PICTURE PERFECT Rapping director trains lens on other Jewish students

am, among other things, a rapper, an actor/director, a screenwriter and a photographer/blogger. I grew up in Las Vegas and created my own degree at Brown University — Evolutionary Anthropology. At Brown, I created and performed a one-woman rap musical about aliens, time travel and DNA. I also wrote my first screenplay, a romantic comedy called “Coffee & Tuna” about a Jewish law student who wears a yarmulke to cover his early bald spot. The story won Brown’s screenplay contest and was made into a movie! Since then, I’ve taken a screenwriting class and have submitted screenplays to the contest every semester. This year, I directed an immersive play, where instead of sitting and watching, the audience walks around inside the world of the play. It was group devised — the cast and production team created the story as part of the rehearsal process. Creating something with others brings people together. I love expressing myself through rhyme. Instead of speaking at my high school graduation, I rapped. I’ve performed in venues ranging from Hillel’s Hanukkah Bash to a Southwest airplane, and now, to open mics in New York City. I rap under the name Malka Red, and I’m hoping to incorporate Jewish melodic forms into my songs. I’m also creator of “Jews of Brown,” a popular Facebook page that celebrates the identities of Jewish students at Brown University through photographs and bits of conversation. After going on Birthright, I applied to the Engagement Internship program. I was tasked with creating a project that would engage Jewish students in Jewish life on campus. Before creating the project, I was interested in the different, though often similar, ways that my friends and family define their Judaism. The project, inspired by “Humans of New York,” would explore Jewish identity among my peers. I had no formal skills in photography, so I taught myself how to take portraits of people — how to frame them, how to make people laugh, how to edit. Since the fall of 2013, new photojournalists joined the team, and together we have interviewed more than 200 Jewish students at Brown — individuals from all class years, men and women, with a range of unique identities and stories.

Hillel supported me in organizing a Jews of Brown gallery. Students featured in the photos and their friends filled Hillel’s social hall to see the photographs. It has been so gratifying and moving to see the page enriching the lives of those involved — the subjects in the pictures, the viewers of the posts on social media and the photojournalist team. Because the Engagement Internship was an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, I stayed on another year in an adviser position, helping other students develop their own projects. I am also working with Hillel International to create Jews of the University, which will use the “Jews of Brown” model to depict Jewish students across campuses. As an artist, I choose to express my Jewish identity in a myriad of ways. Brown/RISD Hillel’s Engagement Internship and “Jews of Brown” have allowed me — and all of the students featured on the page — to reflect upon and strengthen the many ways we express our Jewish identities. Rebecca Carrol is a 2015 graduate of Brown University. COuRTESy Of REBECCA CARROLL

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YOU’RE NOT IN ALLENTOWN ANYMORE But this student discovers there’s no home like Hillel


y favorite Hebrew word is kehilah, which means community. Growing up in Allentown, Pa., I had always been involved in the Jewish community there. I met my best friends in Pre-K at the Jewish Community Center, and together we continued on through Hebrew school, high school and BBYO, a pluralistic Jewish youth group that works to provide Jewish teens with more meaningful experiences. I held leadership positions in my local BBYO chapter, worked as a camp counselor at the local JCC camp, assisted with teaching and held administrative positions in my Hebrew school. My parents served as both lay leaders and professionals in our community. I watched and learned as my mother served as sisterhood president, temple president, JCC camp director and JCC interim executive director, while my father served on the boards and many committees of our JCC, temple and men’s club. The Jewish community in Allentown was my home. Leaving that home for college was terrifying. New students at every university are told that they are about to embark on a journey through the best four years of their life. But no one tells them how difficult and scary the beginning of that journey can be. I experienced that difficult transition during my first few weeks on Penn State’s enormous campus. I got lost on my first day and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people — about 50,000 different faces, including 40,000 undergraduates. I knew I wanted to get involved with Hillel no matter where I went to school, because I knew the Jewish community would be my new home. However, I was so overwhelmed when I got to


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Penn State that my roommate had to drag me to my first Penn State Hillel event during Welcome Week. Immediately, I was welcomed by both staff and students. I remember that we launched into an intense game of Jewish geography and found how many people we knew in common. I met tons of new Jewish freshman students and, over time, found my best friends. I began attending Shabbat dinner every week and felt each time like I was sitting down with family. The Hillel staff especially made every effort to get to know me and help me through my transition. My transition continues, and it is still difficult at times. When I wake up in the morning with a stuffy nose, I miss my mom. After a long week of studying, I miss sleeping in my bed at home and cuddling with my dog, a poodle-mix named Lucky. But Penn State Hillel is always there when those feelings creep up on me. I am grateful that I am able to stop in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center whenever I want and see my family away from home. When I wake up sick, Hillel’s soup delivery program comes to the rescue. By going online to, I can order homemade chicken noodle soup cooked by students and have it delivered to my room by those same students. Hillel truly is a kehilah at Penn State. Dorothy was right when she said that there is no place like home, but Penn State Hillel has made University Park sure feel like a second home to me. Sarah Holtz is a freshman at Pennsylvania State University.



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elcome the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.” This well-known Jewish teaching epitomized my experience with Hillel. Why did I feel initially like a stranger? It was not my Jewish status; I was raised with a strong Conservative Jewish upbringing. Maybe in some sense, though, it was, since I came from Lincoln, Neb., where there is not a large Jewish presence. I was afraid of the culture shock and transition. Between my becoming a bar mitzvah in 2000, up until my enrollment in graduate school at Northwestern University in 2009, fitting in was a significant challenge for me. I did not hold common ground with my Hebrew school classmates and likewise did not feel a connection with the older members of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Lincoln. Like many other young people, I was suffering from bar mitzvah burnout. But I also have Asperger syndrome and the social aloofness sometimes associated with it, another barrier to connecting with my fellow Jews. I began to rediscover the joy of Jewish services and a Jewish community during my undergraduate years, but the barriers tumbled once I became a graduate student. The Hillel building at Northwestern was one of the first places that I visited on campus after starting graduate school there in 2009. The first activity I participated in there was the High Holiday services, and although it felt different being away from home and my family, the company of other new students and potential new friends made me feel at home. My experiences made me realize I could etch my name on the community and fit in. During my first two years at Northwestern, most of my Hillel events were Shabbat services. I did attend other events such as ShireiNU (NU Hillel’s a cappella group), Challah For Hunger and NUJOT (the graduate student group). Although each of these fell under the Hillel umbrella, the social circles were partially disjointed. Yet, I fit in to each one in its own right in my own fashion and maybe helped others to fit in elsewhere. At each event I attended, I attempted to make a new social connection. On the encouragement of NU Hillel, I went on a Birthright trip in the summer of 2011. After I returned, NU Hillel evolved from a semiregular part of my social life to nearly the epicenter. Several of my best friends (including both undergraduate and

graduate students at the time) I met at NU Hillel in 2011, and my engagement in Hillel events helped me to break out of my Aspie shell. I could feel a sense of community that didn’t discriminate against others because of their background or human conditions. The epitome of fitting in for me was Shabbat evenings. The spirited singing during services extended to my musical calling of pages, which other “Conservices” members told me was something that they looked forward to each week. After services, dinner was a great chance to hang out with friends and acquaintances who I would see only at Hillel. In addition to great food, the unexpected conversations, spontaneous game nights and pure relaxation made me feel like part of the community. Furthermore, it was a chance to unburden myself and let go of the week. NU Hillel was truly a place where I was able to fit in, despite being a graduate student with Asperger syndrome. The people I met there didn’t discriminate against my background, and I felt very much at home. As a graduate student, it is certainly possible to fit in to circles outside of your lab and department, and even for graduate students, Hillel has a lot to offer. Noah Weiss received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in the summer of 2015. 19




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ike many children growing up, I was extremely impatient. And I found myself especially losing patience with my mother when she continued to talk to people after services at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City. Even when she said it was time for us to go, she somehow found yet another person. While this was frustrating back then, it wasn’t until I got to high school and college that I was truly able to articulate why my mother enjoyed talking so much with people at our temple: In the Jewish community, it’s all about relationships. While I always participated in Sunday school and the preparation for my bar mitzvah came almost naturally to me, I didn’t start to feel a true sense of commitment to the Jewish community until my incredible three summers at the Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas and four great years of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the Reform Jewish youth movement. Through experimenting with services, learning about and fighting for social justice and enjoying the campfires at the end of the day, it was all about relationships. And, in serving as the North American president of NFTY, I was able to connect with thousands of Reform Jewish teens throughout the country. I decided to attend the University of Kansas because I knew that KU Hillel would provide me with the welcoming Jewish community that I needed to thrive. Before I stepped on campus in August, I already had students at KU Hillel inviting me to some of

the first events of the year. Within the first month, I had connected with all of the staff members and other Jewish freshmen. Those first few interactions I had with people at KU Hillel inspired me to take on that role myself: I slowly began making sure that other Jewish freshmen knew about Hillel events and even offered them rides. Eventually, during my sophomore and junior years, I served


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as a freshmen engagement intern and coordinator for KU Hillel. And now as a senior at KU, I’m excited to continue engaging Jewish students on campus through new projects and events. In all of these moments with Hillel, it’s all about relationships. With all of these experiences, it only makes sense that I found myself thinking more about relationships this past August, when I moderated a panel discussion with three insightful civil rights leaders in front of more than 200 Hillel student leaders at the Hillel Institute in St. Louis. We heard from Rabbi Saul Berman, who was active in the civil rights movement and participated in the 1965 march in Selma, Ala. Yavilah McCoy inspired me to think more clearly about my own experiences as a half-black, half-white member of the Jewish community. And Rabbi Susan Talve’s community organizing work in Ferguson, Mo., gave me hope for the future. I felt more drawn to the stories, the true human interactions, of the panelists than just the ideas in the conversation. Hearing impactful stories of social justice and civil rights, I knew that it would take more than just me to do this important, necessary and holy work. In those moments of grief and pain to those moments of joy and celebration, in the Jewish community, it’s all about relationships. Evan Traylor is a senior at the University of Kansas.

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BIRtHRIGHt After their Birthright experience, students still maintain strong connections through Hillel programs BY MELISSA GERR


he Birthright Israel trip, an all-expenses-paid 10-day journey to Israel offered twice a year to Jewish 18- to 26-year-olds, is one of the most powerful engagement tools on campus that connects a young person to the Jewish state. Hillels around the country offer the travel experience to students but understand the trip is just the beginning. The organization provides tools for continued engagement after the desert sand has been dusted off backpacks and sandals and a student finds herself back on campus wanting to process the intense experience.


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Birthright is immersive and high impact, explained Sara Teichman, director of Birthright Israel at Hillel International, “so when they come home it’s our job to figure out what did they connect to, why did they connect and how to connect with that person.” Teichman cited programs such as Onward Israel, a post-Birthright initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel, which connects Birthright alumni to longer immersive internship experiences in Israel, as very popular, but another path for students staying on campus is the IACT program.


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Walking through Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, one of many Birthright experiences, is just the start of the journey.

Standing for Inspired, Active, Committed, Transformed, IACT was developed in conjunction with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. Ally Turkheimer, IACT Birthright Israel engagement coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park, said she plans Birthright reunions and happy hours to ensure “a chance for the students to reconnect at the beginning of the school year.” There is also the highly successful Shabbat Across Maryland each November, with more than 1,500 students participating in Shabbat dinners in homes, fraternities and sororities, a popular event for postBirthright students. Turkheimer plans about a dozen other events throughout the school year and helps students find internships or study-abroad opportunities

in Israel if that’s what they’re after; when a student pitches an idea for their own Jewish program, she added, “we’re here to help them.” But one-on-one interaction is most powerful, she pointed out. Turkheimer creates a chart for each Israel trip, including the names, ages and interests of each student. She’ll get to know a student over coffee before the trip and, she elaborated, “on the trip, I track their experience, such as, did they really enjoy going to this or that? What program would be really great to get them involved in when we get back on campus? It’s the most seamless process ever.” That personal connection is crucial, according to Abby Ross, IACT coordinator at Ohio State University. With about 150 students from her campus who attended

Birthright in the past year, she makes it a priority to meet with each one for coffee when they return, “to check in and see what’s been going on since the trip.” Welcome-back barbecues, ongoing Jewish learning and other social events are targeted at Birthright alumni, and “I love to offer them internships” working with IACT, she said, “to be more involved than they were a year ago. Birthright is not the end all be all, it’s just one piece of your Jewish journey. Hillel’s mission is to help students make enduring commitments to Jewish life, so [the idea is that] their Jewish life doesn’t end just because the trip ended.” Students can also maintain a continuing firsthand connection to Israel through people such as Vered Juhl, the Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow at the Hillel Jewish University Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She engages with post-Birthright students and offers a unique native Israeli perspective. Originally from Haifa, her main focus as an Israeli emissary, Juhl said, is to help students understand the connection between their faith and the country. “One is not separate from the other — Judaism and Israel,” she said. To that end, Juhl works to understand what students deeply connect with in her country, and a popular event she coordinated

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this year was a photo competition of Israel images taken on Birthright trips. All of Hillel was invited to vote, and the winning photo was printed in large format and exhibited at the Hillel entrance.

successful programs, such as a lecture series that her colleague, Dror Stein, Israeli Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, created. Stein organized monthly lectures on Israel,


Juhl communicates with 77 Israeli emissaries on campuses across the United States and Canada and says the network enables them to swap ideas and share


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which were presented by students from past Birthright trips who spoke about their personal experiences. Another part of Juhl’s role is to help

students navigate through anti-Israel or anti-Semitic events that may happen on campus. Overall, she said, students focused on conveying a proactive message about Israel, not a reaction to negative sentiment or negative actions toward Jews or Israelis. The idea is to “be proactive and educate,” she explained. About 10 students participated in an innovative pilot program developed with Hillel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh called ICAP, the Israel Campus Ambassador Program. Juhl and the students spent an “intense 10 days where they were able to take what we experienced this year [and discuss] topics such as human rights, industry in Israel and everything from the past year we tackled on this trip, and we approached it from a unique perspective.”

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Keeping kosher is made easier through Hillel

˝ With a dozen or so fast-food joints in the University of Central Florida’s Student Union, finding a snack in between class is a breeze — if you don’t keep kosher. But for UCF junior Shana Medel, it’s a little more challenging.

but she said she still has to pay close attention to the menus “just in case they sprinkle something on top that you can’t eat.” Orlando, Fla., has a large Jewish community, but a lot of its members are


Medel grew up in a traditional, Conservative household and has been eating kosher style meals since she was 15. She usually eats lunch on campus, though she’s currently trying to eliminate non-kosher meat from her routine. Keeping kosher style means she doesn’t follow all the rules of glatt kosher and will eat in a non-kosher restaurant with friends. She typically orders only dairy,

secular and don’t keep kosher, she said. “It makes it a little bit more difficult when it comes to keeping kosher outside the house. I definitely wouldn’t say it’s easy, but I think it’s worth it.” She added that keeping kosher in a secular community requires work and effort. There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to dining out, and you have to be cautious of labels.

Fortunately, Central Florida Hillel recently opened the only kosher restaurant near campus, The Pantry. And as a result, Medel said more students are adhering to various levels of kashrut. She added that keeping kosher is another motivating factor for her to grow and be involved with Hillel or with the pro-Israel community. The 21-year-old journalism major was on the Jewish life committee at Hillel last year, helping to plan Shabbats and events. Now she’s the UCF Hillel’s chair of communications, managing and promoting the organization through social media. Medel said being involved with Hillel makes it easy to keep kosher because there are always kosher snacks in the kitchen that she can grab in between classes. “I don’t have to go all the way home. I don’t have to go search for something in the Student Union that may be kosher, may be kosher style,” she said. “I can just go to Hillel — they’re there to always support us and to help us understand why we do the things that we do and help us to keep a greater degree of kashrut or a greater degree of anything when it relates to Judaism.” — RACHEL kuRLAnD 27




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Many young Jewish leaders count their experience with Hillel as invaluable preparation for their burgeoning careers.


he beginning of college can often be an overwhelming period for incoming freshmen who are unsure of which career path they will take. But students and alumni have found that Hillel has served as a platform for becoming leaders of tomorrow. For Rabbi Hayley Siegel, a native New Yorker who grew up in a Reform household, going to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., was a life-altering experience due to the relatively small Jewish population there. “It was the first time in my life when I was a minority,” she said. “I encountered people who never knew Jewish people before. That was something that was very different for me.” Siegel said her parents suggested she join the Zachs Hillel House as a way to meet other Jews. Upon walking in for the first time, she was greeted with the aroma of challah and brisket. She was able to sing along to familiar tunes at Shabbat services, only, this time, with students leading. “For the first time in my life I saw young people leading services,” she said. “I had never seen people who looked like me and talked like me before lead services.” Hillel director Lisa Kassow eventually

approached Siegel and asked her to write a d’var Torah for an upcoming service on the rivalry between Jacob and Esau. Siegel agreed, but was initially nervous. “I didn’t have any knowledge of any of these things,” she said. “After I gave it, I was totally hooked.” From there, Siegel decided to major in Jewish studies and take a more active role in Hillel. “It became clear to me that I wanted to be involved in the Jewish professional world,” she said, “but in what context?” After graduating in 2005, she took a job with the Birthright Israel Foundation, in which she worked with several Orthodox rabbis. It was at that point, strengthened after finding out she had a history of rabbis in her family, that Siegel realized her calling. “I felt like I was home. I felt like I could really be myself,” she said. “I’ve wondered what my ancient ancestors would think, since I’m a woman.” The following year, Siegel entered rabbinical school at the Academy for Jewish Religion; she was ordained in 2012. She now teaches two courses at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, one of which teaches future converts and interfaith partners about the fundamentals of Judaism.

“They’re trying to figure out what role, if any, Judaism plays in their lives,” she said. The other course is a wedding “boot camp,” in which Siegel works with young couples in planning out every detail of their wedding, and eventually officiates at it. “I really see it as sort of a formative step in their lives and their Jewish engagement,” she said. “I just feel very passionate about the specific lifestyle.” Today, a decade removed from her undergraduate life, Siegel feels it was her Hillel experience that gave her the assets she needed to become a rabbi. She felt so strongly that she invited Kassow to be the first witness to sign her ketubah. “It was my first exposure to adapt Jewish events to students who were coming from different Jewish vantage points,” she said. Finding a small Jewish haven in a largely non-Jewish place is often comforting for alumni such as Siegel and Sammantha Marks, a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa. Marks served as co-president of Iowa Hillel during her junior year, giving her the opportunity to plan programs throughout the year, including Shabbat services and formals. Marks and her family moved to Iowa City when she was 14, and Marks became exposed to Hillel before college 29

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as a result of watching her mother cook meals for the campus group. “I was super involved with the Jewish community prior to college,” she said. Marks now works for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, a medical nonprofit in Chicago that provides education and advocacy about the disease. She also participates in the Jewish United Fund, which is the chief philanthropic organization that is part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and she has also become involved in Chabad of Lincoln Park, where she has spearheaded the formation of a young professionals’ network. “It was a really meaningful experience to bring young Jewish professionals from many different backgrounds together,” she said. Marks credits her Hillel experience as an important tool in uniting people from different groups in a common cause. “Students don’t understand the network that you’re able to create when you are involved in Hillel on your campus or on a different campus,” she said. The Jewish leadership bug also found Nate Strauss at an early age. Strauss is a senior at Michigan State University and president of the Hillel there. He got 30

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involved in BBYO in eighth grade and said joining Hillel when he arrived at MSU was “second nature.” Strauss ran to be a freshman representative but lost and instead became a residence hall adviser and an officer in an Israel advocacy group. Late in his sophomore year, some of his friends

Strauss said his experience as president has taught him how to work with others who sometimes disagree with him and also how to assess the needs of a community. “As president I’ve really learned a lot about communication with others,” he said. Strauss added that he would like to work

“I felt like I was home. I felt like I could really be myself.” — Rabbi Hayley Siegel in Hillel approached him about possibly running for Hillel president. “They had brought up the idea to me,” he said. “So they sort of put it in my head.” Strauss said he was “terrified” when he gave his speech, but ultimately he won and became president his junior year. He has helped bring a Challah for Hunger chapter to MSU, and he started a Jewish pre-med society. “I got to see a lot of the different sub-communities that we foster and facilitate,” he said.

for a pro-Israel nonprofit organization immediately after college but may eventually go to graduate school. The common bond that Strauss, Marks and Siegel all cite as the factor in their pursuit of a professional career in Judaism was the level of community they found at Hillel. “I always felt like I was accepted for who I was, and that was enough for me to walk in the door,” Siegel said. “To have that feeling is very powerful for a college student.”




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HIDDEN HILLELS The challenges of collegiate Jewish life in the South, Midwest By JuSTIn kATz


o one is surprised to see Hillel houses in the Northeast corridor, but the international Jewish student life organization has opened its doors far beyond the metropolitan cities known for large Jewish populations. From the Deep South to the Midwest, Hillel outposts can be found in some unexpected places; not surprisingly, their success does not make them immune to the unique challenges that come with their locales. “I think the biggest difficulty is branding yourself and becoming known. It’s unexpected there is a Hillel at Mississippi State University, not only because it’s Mississippi, but because there was no Jewish group before 2009,” said Daniel Snyder, co-founder of MSU’s Hillel and a 2014 graduate. “This university is more than 150 years old.” Snyder said although the group is small, they are tightknit and have done a lot to make themselves known on campus. Since their inception they have brought Israeli singers to perform, Holocaust


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survivors to speak, gone on two Birthright trips and run Israel booths at the university’s International Festival. Snyder said one of the Hillel’s goals is to bring in a full-time professional to help manage the organization. “A lot of people at my school have never met a Jewish person,” said Molly Rafaely, past president of the Mississippi State Hillel and currently the graduate liaison. “[They have] not been exposed to Jewish culture, and a large part of what we do is getting information out there and teaching about our religion.” Although the Mississippi State Hillel has grown steadily since its inception, the small population of Jews at similar universities makes finding Jewish students a challenge. The Hillel’s website explains how Snyder and his co-founder, Rachael Frost, met through the school’s band. When a mutual friend told Frost that Snyder was Jewish, she initially didn’t buy it. It wasn’t until after Snyder started explaining several Jewish holidays and customs to prove his religious identity that Frost believed him.

“One of the [challenges] is we don’t have a lot of community infrastructure here, [such as] a fully functional [Jewish] federation in Iowa City,” said Gerald Sorokin, executive director of Hillel at the University of Iowa. While Sorokin is grateful for the resources that exist in his area, tasks that may be taken for granted at other Hillels can become a source of angst. “Even simple issues like getting kosher food is complicated,” he said. “It’s not out of the question, but getting kosher meat requires advance planning and a trip out of town.” Another issue Sorokin pointed out is one that is very important to all Hillels: finances. He explained that when a Hillel has the support of a local federation, it helps to alleviate the pressure




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Despite the frustrations, Annis said that FSU has been incredibly supportive of the Hillel and has done what it can to accommodate Jewish students. She said that during a social event with the president of the university, the school provided food for students. Because the event took place during Passover, the food service staff provided matzah brittle for Jewish students. “It was also a learning experience for non-Jewish students who didn’t understand why Jewish students wouldn’t eat [certain foods],” said Annis. FSU has also accommodated students who want to keep kosher by allowing them to keep secondary fridges in their dorm rooms for kosher foods. Snyder, Annis and Sorokin are all grateful for the help their universities and communities have provided, but the belief that they are fully funded by their respective universities is a myth. Financially speaking, said Annis, “all Hillels [survive] on their own.” Members of the Mississippi State University Hillel


of day-to-day stability. If there is no Jewish federation close by, that hole must be filled by the local community and fundraising efforts. “We would not have been able to survive and thrive without the ongoing support of the local Jewish community in Tallahassee,” said Melanie Annis, executive director of Hillel at Florida State University. Annis’ Hillel was started in 1981 by professors responding to a perceived need for Jewish students at FSU. “I have to drive several hours for a medium-size Jewish population and even longer for larger ones,” said Annis. “One of the major challenges is being seen when we are so far away.” And that distance can be considerable. For Sorokin, many of his students hail from Chicago, which is a four-hour drive. For Annis, the Florida panhandle she calls home is a four- to six-hour drive to reach Orlando or Fort Lauderdale, where she said many of her students come from. This distance was partially to blame for the initial lack of Jewish students at FSU prior to 1981. “Being so far away, it’s not easy for parents who have to take a full day off for travel if they come by car or spend several hundred dollars to fly here,” said Annis. “This distance became the reason many Jewish students wouldn’t go to FSU as opposed to the University of Miami or the University of Florida.” Ultimately, this distance makes it difficult for the two to make their respective Hillels known to the larger Jewish communities. When they do leave for trips to raise their visibility and funds, it leaves their organizations shorthanded. “We get calls from Baltimore or New York and they say, ‘We didn’t realize there was organized Jewish life in Iowa,’” said Sorokin. “People are pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of the Jewish activity here.”


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˝ With classes, exams and partying, it is a challenge for many young adults to stay healthy while in college. So what’s the advice among students at the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota: Eat a balanced diet and cook your own meals. Rachel Sagar, 21, a senior at Arizona, said she tries to stay healthy by pacing herself. She eats a lot of fruit, vegetables, grains and nuts and does her best to eat on a set schedule and limit the alcohol she consumes. “I think that being healthy in college is difficult because there is so much more freedom,” Sagar said. “Partying and

going out encourages bad habits such as binge drinking, consuming unhealthy foods and deviating from a set schedule. This is not to say that you should never go out, but do it in moderation and watch what you consume.” She also tries to avoid animal products as much as possible and makes sure to eat plenty of organic food. There is a grocery store near campus, so students have access to more food options. “This can be difficult on campus, but with some planning and shopping, a plant-based diet is totally feasible to someone on campus and may be even cheaper,” Sagar said. In addition to staying in shape, Sagar said mental health is also important. She suggested finding friends who you feel comfortable talking to and using campus services to deal with mental illness. One senior at Minnesota who is majoring in nutrition said she stays

healthy by cooking her own meals and trying to avoid processed foods such as chips or candy. Additionally, she also tries to walk to as many places as possible rather than take public transportation. “By doing this, I feel better about not being able to find time to work out in my busy schedule,” said Sarah, who did not want to give her last name. Sarah said some helpful tips for other students are to cook meals at the beginning of the week and to keep a to-do list. Therefore, you can prioritize what needs to get done first, she said. Occasionally, she dabbles in fast food but tries to make it healthy by adding veggies to it. “Sometimes it can be tough being healthy while being a college student,” she said. “By making some little changes in my orders though, I am able to make my food a little better for me.” — JASOn COHEn

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Cornfields or skyscrapers? Don’t be afraid to explore your options ˝ Picking the right college for a Jewish student not only takes research and a bit of persistence, but also something more intangible: trusting your gut instincts. If it feels right, it usually is. That’s why it’s important when visiting campuses to do more than just check out the local Hillel and proximity to the synagogue of your choice and kosher restaurants in the vicinity. You should have


a sense this is a place you would like to call home, whether it’s a major metropolis such as New York, Los Angeles or Boston or Iowa City, just a few miles away from the cornfields. The folks at local Hillels will be happy to offer suggestions, but it never hurts to have some ideas of your own. “I’m happy to be a Jewish tour guide if asked,” said Carrie


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Darsky, assistant director at the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, about a 20-minute subway ride from Times Square. “But people generally don’t ask us what to do in New York. There’s usually more inquiries about where to eat.” Across the country at UCLA, where close to 2,000 Jewish students will go through Hillel doors over the course of a year and have their choice among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services, it’s not much different. “If they have some time, we might tell them to do some touristy things,” said assistant director Mike Amerikaner, who previously worked at the Stanford Hillel. “Go to the Hollywood sign, the Walk of Fame at Hollywood and Vine, or go to the beach, which is just five miles away. “But I think most people who stop by Hillel here have a lot of questions like, ‘Where can I eat kosher?’ or ‘Where can I stay while I’m visiting?’” On the other hand, the Shulman Hillel at the University of Iowa, about a 3½-hour ride from Chicago, is considerably smaller, but no less busy, even if there’s no kosher restaurant in Iowa City beyond the Hillel. “We have a pretty active community,” said director Gerald Sorokin, who says the

Hillel attracts about one-quarter of the 600 undergraduate Jewish students on campus. “Iowa City is an area where there’s growth in the Jewish community. “There’s a great history of creative writing here, including Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving, as well as some Jewish writers. The other thing that draws students is we have a major medical center, and this is the headquarters for the ACT testing service.” Still, it’s more likely a prospective Jewish student will choose a school where they will fit in best. “We estimate our Jewish population between 4,000 to 5,000,” said Ethan Sobel, director of student life at Boston University, who adds that Northeastern, Brandeis, Tufts and MIT all have Hillels. “We have Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services, all student-run. “If someone’s coming for a visit, Admissions will give them a guide for things to do,” he added. “The typical Boston landmarks: Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the Freedom Trail. “But all prospective students can stay over with another student and get a feel for the campus.” That way, when it’s time to make the big decision where to spend the next four years of their lives — wherever that is — they’ll know. — JOn MARkS

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you have a smartphone and a smart Tv, why not have a smartpen? Livescribe’s Echo smartpen automatically records everything you hear and say and write and links the audio file to your notes with the Livescribe paper. So now you have no excuses for missing anything from the prof’s lecture. Price: $119.95


wondering what to do with all those party pics you don’t remember taking your first weekend on Greek Row? Instead of transferring them to your PC and printing them on a big clunky printer you don’t have room for in your dorm room, why not wirelessly print the photos via a mini mobile printer? Then you can embarrass your friends with prints at the party! Price: $120.99


College students save a lot of documents and take a lot of pictures and video. Call it working hard and playing hard. That takes up a lot of memory and is where you will need more storage space. Along comes the western Digital My Passport portable external hard drive with a whopping one TB of space so you will never have to worry about running out of room again. Price: $88.97


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College can’t be all about studying for those high-stress exams. Sometimes you just need to let loose with a good old-fashioned video game session. Enter the just-launched Sony Playstation 4 videogame console. not only can you play your favorite games, but you can also take advantage of 500 GB of memory. Price: $399.99

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Top 60 Public Schools Jews Choose RANK

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University of Florida D Rutgers University, New Brunswick Dw University of Central Florida w University of Maryland, College Park Dw University of Michigan D Indiana University D University of Wisconsin, Madison Dw CUNY, Brooklyn College D Pennsylvania State University, University Park Dw Queens College w Arizona State University w Binghamton University California State University, Northridge D Florida International University D Michigan State University Dw University at Albany D University of Texas, Austin D Florida State University University of Arizona D University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dw University of Western Ontario D York University University of California, Santa Barbara w McGill University Dw Ohio State University Dw University of California, Berkeley D University of California, Davis D University of California, Los Angeles D University of Massachusetts, Amherst D Florida Atlantic University Dw Santa Fe College D Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills D Towson University Dw Queensborough Community College San Francisco State University D University at Buffalo D University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut D University of Delaware University of Vermont University of Washington w Virginia Tech Dw Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys D Temple University, Main and Ambler D Stony Brook University D University of Pittsburgh Dw CUNY, Baruch College Dw University of California, Santa Cruz D University of Oregon CUNY, Hunter College Ryerson University University of Houston University of Kansas University of Minnesota D University of Toronto, St. George w University of Georgia San Diego State University D James Madison University University of Minnesota, Duluth D CUNY, College of Staten Island

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*Estimated population figures and other campus information are self-reported by local campus Hillels. For more information on Jewish life at colleges and universities around the world, visit 43


Top 60 Private Schools Jews Choose RANK

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New York University Boston University D Yeshiva University George Washington University D Cornell University Dw University of Pennsylvania D Syracuse University Tulane University Dw University of Miami D University of Southern California Dw Columbia University D Brandeis University Washington University in St. Louis Harvard University American University D University of Hartford Yale University D Northwestern University Dw Hofstra University Emory University Tufts University Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus Vanderbilt University Brown University w Northeastern University D University of Rochester Drexel University Oberlin College Barnard College D Lehigh University University of Chicago Dw Muhlenberg College D Claremont Colleges Duke University D Ithaca College w Stanford University D Wesleyan University Full Sail University w Johns Hopkins University Dw Elon University Nova Southeastern University Dw Princeton University Dw Georgetown University Vassar College Skidmore College Carnegie Mellon University Dw Pace University University of Tampa w Goucher College Dw Dartmouth College Clark University Bentley University DePaul University Dw Franklin & Marshall College Sarah Lawrence College Union College Middlebury College Emerson College Rice University Massachusetts Institute of Technology w

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Top 60 Schools Jews Choose (A breakdown by percentage) RANK

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Good Works Hillel students turn dreams into reality Real change takes good ideas. And many times, those good ideas come from young innovators. Hillel International empowers students to develop and test their visions, leverage resources and connect with mentors to drive change through its Social Startup fellowship. Here are some of the dreams that have turned into reality through hard work, determination and the support of Hillel’s Social Startup fellowship: HABITAT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Habitat is a mobile app that allows students to buy and sell goods within their college communities and connects students to student-led businesses and ventures, including food trucks. The app is available to students at Temple university and will be available to 450,000 students in Greater Philadelphia this fall. Habitat is giving a new platform for students to connect with each other. CHAVURAH NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Chavurah gathers students interested in grappling with fundamental questions of Jewish identity. Students pick the questions to explore and do so in a vibrant pluralistic environment. Chavurah gives students ownership over one’s Jewish learning. It is student-run and student-led, creating a social community of Jewish friends. Chavurah is a traditional learning space for nontraditional Jews. BEARING WITNESS THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Bearing witness engages uCLA students to cross intergenerational boundaries by learning with someone who has experienced the Holocaust firsthand. Students are partnered with a Holocaust survivor for 10 weeks to learn about the entirety of their life, both before and after the war. The Bearing witness experience cultivates memories by honoring those who survived the Holocaust and by inspiring a younger generation to keep those stories alive.


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uCLA student David Joseph launched a “Rural Emergency Medical Communications System” after seeing there was no access to medical services during his travels to Pader, uganda. Call boxes allowing community members to access medical personnel 24/7 were installed in government health centers throughout the district. These boxes provide ugandans with immediate advice and life-saving transportation for free and has served over 10,000 people in need. KNOCK KNOCK GIVE A SOCK NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

One night, Adina Lichtman was handing out sandwiches to people experiencing homelessness when one man approached her. “It’s great that you’re giving out sandwiches,” he said, “but one thing we really need is socks.” That night, she went door-to-door in her dorm and asked her neighbors if they would donate just one pair of their own socks. And that night knock knock Give a Sock began. To date kkGAS has collected and distributed over 20,000 pairs of socks. KNAFEY KESHER UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

knafey kesher (Connected wings) is a resource to instill messages of coexistence and connection among Jewish and Arab children. Students are creating an online database of English, Hebrew and Arabic children’s literature that contains themes of peace as well as educational tools to go along with the books. The goal of knafey kesher is to combat prejudice and

animosity on both sides of the intra-Israeli cultural conflict from the root. CRAFTING CONSENT UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

when most people think about consent, they think about intimate relationships. while this is needed, Crafting Consent helps college students identify and create consent in every relationship in their life: friendships, family and workplace. Students do this through Jewish text study, craft projects and learning sessions. Then, participants bring what they’ve learned to younger students, building a stronger community of consent for everyone. GRÜM TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

In an age where everything comes to you, barbershops are behind the times. Customers find waiting to be seen by a barber or scheduling in advance both frustrating and inconvenient. The Grüm app eliminates these inconveniences by having barbers travel directly to the clients. no matter the location, Grüm delivers on demand barbers to the clients’ homes or offices. Profits from the app will go toward providing free haircuts for those in need. DANCE4EMPOWERMENT EMORY UNIVERSITY

dance4empowerment, inc. is a nonprofit organization with the mission to organize and fund dance programs for people with disabilities. The program creates dance performances for young people with disabilities and spends the money raised on furthering inclusive arts programming. dance4empowerment works to improve self-esteem, social integration and cognitive awareness for all of its participants. 51

“At Northeastern, Jewish life is inclusive and vibrant. With exciting social events, unique Jewish learning opportunities, and many activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone!” — Anna Meyers, Class of 2015 After graduating, Anna assumed a staff position as director of Jewish student life for Northeastern Hillel. When she was an undergraduate majoring in Jewish studies, she was president of Hillel and had a co-op as Jewish student life coordinator.

SCHOLARSHIP, COMMUNITY, HERITAGE At Northeastern, you have the opportunity to delve into a range of enriching Jewish studies courses, matched with Northeastern’s unique experiential learning program offering work, research, study, and volunteer opportunities in Boston, Israel, and all over the world. And with a broad spectrum of activities—from regular Shabbat dinners at Hillel House and transformative Birthright Israel trips, to holiday celebrations and the annual Jews Cruise—you’ll enjoy a dynamic community that students call “a Jewish home away from home.”

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