Category Archive: Hillel

Jul 06

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 my Facebook wall what I think …

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Jun 29

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: if you’re thinking about going on Birthright …

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Jun 13

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 journey decide where to …

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Jun 07

Andrew Getraer Shares Thoughts About Jerusalem, 50 Years After

Andrew Getraer Shares Thoughts About Jerusalem, 50 Years After By Andrew Getraer, Executive Director, June 7, 2017 50 years ago today, June 7, 1967, Jewish sovereignty was returned to Jerusalem, our holy city and eternal capital, for the first time since the 2nd Jewish Commonwealth was conquered by the Romans in 70 CE. It is …

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May 26

One Down, Two to Go

One Down, Two to Go By Paulee Manich ’18, Hillel Student Board President At the beginning of every semester (and the end of the Spring) the newly elected Rutgers Hillel Student board meets to learn about all the details of what it means to be a student leader here at Rutgers Hillel. Just last week, …

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May 25

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. The charges were proven false then and they remain so today. …

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May 24

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 in the sky, on the ground, anywhere. No …

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Jan 24

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 Hillel Student Board that is held 3 times per year: …

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Dec 20

Building the Conservative Community at Rutgers by Ben Goldberg

Building the Conservative Community at Rutgers By Benjamin Goldberg   In Pirke Avot 5:20, Yehudah ben Teima sketches out the idealized lifecycle of a Jew, teaching that twenty is the age for “pursuit,” traditionally understood to be the pursuit of a livelihood. In our society today, young people around this age are actively engaged in …

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Nov 22

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 bad deeds and choices you may have made …

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