Category Archive: Hillel

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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Nov 08

What Being Jewish Means to Me By Max DuBoff ’19

What Being Jewish Means to Me By 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.” The rabbi replies, “I’m sorry, I …

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Sep 11

Israel Changed Me Forever By Jordan Siegel, Class of 2018

Israel Changed Me Forever By Jordan Siegel, Class of 2018   For me Birthright was an eye opening and life changing experience. Before going on Birthright I felt little to no connection to the Jewish Community, and really had no idea what to expect from this trip. I had heard from several people that after …

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Sep 07

A Great Way to Kick Off the Year by Leila Gordon ’17 and Jacob Holdowsky ’17

A Great Way to Kick Off the Year by Leila Gordon ’17 and Jacob Holdowsky ’17   Leadership Day 2016 was the start to what is sure to be a great year for Rutgers Hillel. Although exhausting, the Hillel Board spent all day planning future events and discussing the exciting year to come. With a board …

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Sep 02

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 remembers or even knows the uniqueness that was 93 College Avenue. …

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Aug 24

How can the Reform Movement Revitalize its Presence on College Campuses? by Sarah Joselow

How can the Reform Movement Revitalize its Presence on College Campuses? by Sarah Joselow   (This article was originally published here and is being posted on our website with permission of the author.) Although Reform Jews represent the majority of American Jewry today, Reform Judaism is drastically under-represented on college campuses. The numbers speak for themselves: …

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Aug 15

A Home Away from Home: Reflections on Four Years with Rutgers Hillel By Michael Guggenheim ’16

A Home Away from Home: Reflections on Four Years with Rutgers Hillel By Michael Guggenheim ’16   For many people, college can be a time of extreme change. People both discover and lose interest in their passions, make friends from all different walks of life, and broaden their horizons. The experience for Rutgers students is …

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Aug 04

10 Extraordinary Days on Birthright by Jose Matiella ’17

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 that words can’t describe. You must check it out …

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