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Rutgers Hillel Statement Regarding Prof. Mazen Adi

The revelation that Rutgers University hired a former spokesperson for the genocidal Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad to teach, of all things, international human rights law, has become a national embarrassment to the University. Not only was he an official in a...

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An Israeli Perspective on the Kotel Decision By Aviv Ayash

An Israeli Perspective on the Kotel Decision By Aviv Ayash   As the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Rutgers Hillel, I believe I have responsibility to my American Jewish students but also to the Jews who live in Israel.   That's why a few days ago I wrote on...

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A Truly Life Changing Experience By Forrest Butensky ’17

A Truly Life Changing Experience By Forrest Butensky '17   Where can I start? If I really wanted to lay out my entire Birthright experience, you’d be reading for hours. I’ll keep it simple and pick out my most memorable experiences from the trip. Just a heads up:...

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Thanks for a great trip, Birthright!

Thanks for a great trip, Birthright! By Brianna Bornstein '20   My experience on birthright was so special. If you had asked me a few months ago what I expected from this trip, I would have had no clue how to respond. I went in with an open mind and let the...

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Statement By Rutgers Hillel Board of Directors

STATEMENT BY RUTGERS HILLEL BOARD OF DIRECTORS As members of the Board of Directors of Rutgers Hillel, we reject recent calls for Hillel Director Andrew Getraer to apologize for "Islamophobic remarks.” Such claims are based on false charges made more than a year ago....

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Thoughts on Yom HaShoa – Holocaust Memorial Day

Thoughts on Yom HaShoa – Holocaust Memorial Day by Andrew Getraer, Executive Director, Rutgers Hillel April 24, 2017   I will never forget the day that my wife Jean and I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was a slate grey day in late fall/early winter. There was no...

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First Student Board Gathering in the New Building

First Student Board Gathering in the New Building By Brittany Yesner '19 On Monday, January 16, the Rutgers Hillel Student Board met for the first time of the new secular year for our January Leadership Day. Leadership Day is an intensive training day for the Rutgers...

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What Being Jewish Means to Me By Samantha Goldstein ’19

What Being Jewish Means to Me By Samantha Goldstein '19 This is the second of two blog posts written by students who spoke during the Rutgers Hillel Kol Nidre service for Yom Kippur.  In the Jewish community, the holiday Yom Kippur represents a time to reflect on the...

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What Being Jewish Means to Me

What Being Jewish Means to Me By Max DuBoff ’19 Max DuBoff ’19 This is the first of two blog posts written by students who spoke during the Rutgers Hillel Kol Nidre service for Yom Kippur.  Yonkel goes to his rabbi and says, “Rabbi, I want you to make me a Levite.”...

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Israel Changed Me Forever

Israel Changed Me Forever By Jordan Siegel, Class of 2018   Sam Kralle, Jordan Siegel, and Kelly Stimmel on their birthright trip For me Birthright was an eye opening and life changing experience. Before going on Birthright I felt little to no connection to the...

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Welcome & Welcome Back! By Sami Brandspiegel ’17

Welcome & Welcome Back! By Sami Brandspiegel '17   I remember my first weekend at Rutgers Hillel like it was yesterday, and believe me, sometimes I wish that it was still my freshmen year. For all current students, other than my fellow seniors, no one...

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10 Extraordinary Days on Birthright

10 Extraordinary Days on Birthright by Jose Matiella ’17   I was never a religious person, and I don’t plan on becoming one. However, my birthright trip made me feel closer to the Jewish people and made me embrace my Jewish heritage. It’s an extraordinary...

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Rutgers Hillel as “Bookends” for my College Career

Rutgers Hillel as “Bookends” for my College Career by Esti Mellul, class of 2016   Esti Mellul ’16 singing with Kol Halalya To say that Hillel has been an important part of my college career would be an understatement. Hillel has not just been a part of my...

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The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime By Jacob Persily, Class of 2016 10 days – 12,000 miles in the air – 75 miles on foot – 1 incredible experience Jacob Persily ’16 at the kotel on Birthright with Rutgers Hillel in May 2016 There is no better way to characterize the incredible...

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Rutgers Hillel Leadership Training Day

Rutgers Hillel Leadership Training Day By Max DuBoff, Class of 2019 Julia Motis ’17 , Ashtyn Greenstein ’17, Brittany Yesner ’19, Sam Snyder ’19 and Max DuBoff ’19 at Leadership Day in May 2016 I’m Max DuBoff, and I’m incredibly excited to serve as Koach/Conservative...

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It’s a Small World After All by Sami Brandspiegel ’17

It's a Small World After All By Sami Brandspiegel, Class of 2017 Rutgers Hillel Student Board Vice President 2015-2016 Rutgers Hillel Student Board President 2016-2017 "Oh, you must know her! She's Jewish!" is a common phrase that I hear when I am talking to synagogue...

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Building Bridges on Campus By Alex Hamilton ’16

Building Bridges on Campus By Alex Hamilton, Class of 2016 Rutgers Hillel Student Board President 2015-2016 When I started this year, I set out to do three things: to connect more organizations to Hillel, to encourage more inter-Hillel work, and to help the Rutgers...

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Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere! By Jaclyn Platt ’18

Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere! By Jaclyn Platt, Class of 2018 Rutgers Hillel Student Board Conservative Community Chair 2015-2016 As a young child Passover was always my favorite holiday. At the same time, I always felt like I was missing out when my other friends...

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Space and Israel: Perfect Together! by Alex Hamilton ’16

Space and Israel: Perfect Together! By Alex Hamilton, Class of 2016 Rutgers Hillel Student Board President I have long been obsessed with space travel. I am originally from Oklahoma, which has produced more astronauts than any other state. When I was young, I was a...

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Birthright with Rutgers Hillel by Alana Taub ’18

Birthright with Rutgers Hillel By Alana Taub, Class of 2018 Recently I returned from a 10 day experience that was in simple words… life-changing-ly awesome. Israelis call the Birthright experience Taglit, which is Hebrew for “discover”. This experience was not only...

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