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...

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...

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 color...

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...

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.”...

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 Jewish...

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 experience...

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...

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...