Posts Tagged: Hillel

Reform Judaism Goes Back to School: What I’m Learning About Reform Jewish Education from College Students



by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker If you’re reading this article there is a good chance you belong to a Reform synagogue. Have you ever thought about what that means? Why do you belong to a Reform synagogue? Why are you a Reform Jew? What makes you a Reform Jew? Now, think about your children or grandchildren. […]

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Reform-ing the College Campus



I was on the phone a few months ago with Marshall Einhorn, executive director of Brown-RISD Hillel, discussing a talk I was asked to give at Brown, where my younger son is currently a junior and of which my older son is an alumnus. As an aside, I asked Marshall who would be leading the […]

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A Lesson of Traveling and Thanks: What I Learned from my Students on Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel



By Jason Levine “Rabbi Hanina taught: ‘I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but from my students I have learned most of all.’” A few days ago, I had the honor of serving as a staff member for a group of 40 college students from the Hillel Foundation at Miami University […]

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My Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua



by Missy Goldstein Last fall, as a junior attending the University of Florida (UF), I was considering all the possibilities for the upcoming spring break.   I know that typical UF students spend their spring breaks on cruises and at beaches, drinking and getting awkward tanlines.  I was not excited by the prospect of getting sunburned […]

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Elena Kagan’s Fight for Bat Mitzvah Creates Guilt Trip



by Linda K. WertheimerOriginally posted on Jewish Muse Elena Kagan is giving me a guilt trip, but it has nothing to do with her nomination for the US Supreme Court. At age 12, Kagan fought for the right to chant from the Torah in her Orthodox shul to celebrate her coming of age as a […]

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A JTS Shabbat



By JanetheWriterLast Friday evening, my longtime friend, Jeanne, arrived at Penn Station for an overnight visit with me. Before we could poke around in SoHo, though, or begin to catch up on each other’s lives, we headed uptown for Shabbat dinner with her son, Jeremy, a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Along the […]

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Reforming Responsibility



By dccMy first job in high school was as a data entry clerk for the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s Israel Experience Program where I built an extremely tacky website that was thankfully edited within a few days of my departure. I served as cook, programmer and student development coordinator at Hillel, a youth group director in […]

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