Getting ready to participate in Midnight Run!
Hillels of Westchester at the Willow Ridge Country Club Charity Fair
SUNY Purchase dancing at their annual Klezmanukkah celebration
Manhattanville Hillel at their first Shabbat of the semester
Manhattanville students celebrate Hanukkah by making Hanukkiah's
Hillels of Westchester staff at the Hillel International Conference in Orlando
Hillels of Westchester students volunteering at Kids Kloset in White Plains
Hillels of Westchester on their winter Taglit-Birthright trip with Israel Outdoors!
Hanukkah Celebration at Pace-Pleasantville
Student board members from SUNY Purchase celebrate a great semester!
Chanukkiot from HOW's Hanukkah celebration, Dec. 2014
Students celebrate Sukkot at Sarah Lawrence College
Hillels of Westchester Welcomes New Staff

In the fall of 2014, HOW welcomed a new Executive Director, Rachel Klein, and new Program & Engagement Associate, Julie Wichler.  Both Rachel and Julie come to HOW with passion and energy for Jewish life on campus.  They joined Ethan Behling, Program Director, as the presence of HOW on campuses throughout Westchester.

Hillels of Westchester Birthright Photo Exhibit is moving!

 In early 2015, Hillels of Westchester's Birthright Photo Exhibit will move to the Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville, N.Y.!  Stay tuned for more details. 

Hillels of Westchester takes great pride in presenting the first Kronish Enrichment Grant in loving memory of Herb and Doris Kronish. This exhibit focuses on the power of photography as an expression of the personal journeys of dozens of Westchester college students who experience Israel through Taglit Birthright.  Throughout 2014, the exhibit was well received while on display at the JCC of Mid-Westchester and JCC on the Hudson.  Thank you to both organizations for hosting!

The winning photographers are Alex Bellink, Ethan Behling, Rachel Eydlish, Anna Gleicher, Brandon Goldenberg, Riana Goren, Asha Kapengut, Hannah Salzberg, Rachel Severinovsky, and Jeremy Slocum. The photo exhibit is current on display at the JCC of Mid Westchester through May 30th. Subsequent exhibits will follow this Fall at the JCC on the Hudson and the Rosenthal JCC.

Hillels of Westchester welcomes Julie Wichler

Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from New York University.  At NYU Julie gained essential knowledge about building successful relationships in a multicultural world.  As the Vice President of the Applied Psychology Club at NYU, Julie honed her leadership skills, which she will put to use with current and future HOW-engaged students.  She also achieved a highly-competitive internship at CLIP, the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program.  This internship and identity development program is housed in the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, and provided Julie with opportunities to practice her skills within the Jewish student community. 

An alumna of the Taglit-Birthright program, Julie demonstrates a passion for Israel that we strive to see in young Jews the world over.  Julie staffed her first Birthright trip in January 2015.  


 Riana Goren is our new Program Associate. Riana was very active in Social Action programming at Muhlenberg Hillel. She has led Alternative Spring break trips to New Orleans. Her studies in special education led her to Gan Aviv Center for Children with Autism in Rishon Letziyon, Israel. After college Riana became a community organizer for the Obama campaign in Virginia. By her own admission "My  professional path to date might be considered somewhat unconventional.  My experience as a community organizer allowed me to motivate many college age students to turn out the vote for President Obama in Prince William county Virginia. We were successful in turning a historically Republican county blue. While I was not the most traditionally active student at Muhlenberg Hillel, it was there that I found myself, and through the experiences I had and relationships I formed, became who I am. I was raised in a Conservative Jewish family by my American mother and Israeli father.  I was taught the values of tikkun olam from the time I was very young.  My parents instilled in me the importance of helping those less fortunate, of working hard and being kind, and of being grateful for wh

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Hillels at Home Returns

HOW is Pleased to Support the 6th Annual Hillel at Home Shabbat

On one very special Shabbat, families in Westchester County will open their homes and hearts to college students.  This year, Hillel at Home took place on Friday, December 5, 2014.  Year after year, those who celebrate this mitzvah create lifelong memories.

Nearly 20 students left their campuses and were warmly welcomed by their host families, sharing one night of dinner and lasting memories.

Support Hillels at Home by hosting 2 or more students for Shabbat during the Spring 2015 semester, or by making a tax-deductible donation to Hillels of Westchester here.

HOW is recognized at Willow Ridge Country Club Charity Day

On Labor Day 2014, Hillels of Westchester was among the charitable organizations who were recognized by members of WRCC.  At the annual Charity Day event, HOW staff and students enjoyed the carnival with the Willow Ridge community.  

Take a look at our Hillels of Westchester Video!

Meet the Hillels of Westchester Winter Birthright Staff

The Winter 2014 Birthright trip was staffed by HOW staff Ethan Behling & Julie Wichler.  For information about future Birthright trips or other Israel travel programs, contact HOW.

Passover Seders hosted at Purchase College

Rabbi Leora Frankel of the Community Synagogue of Rye joined Hillels of Westchester to lead a group of fifty students for the first Seder on Monday night, followed by a Seder held and led by our students on the second night. We would like to give a huge thank you to the community members and families who donated Kosher for Passover dishes to keep our students fed during the holidays. Todah Rabah and Chag Sameach!

A new semester of Israel Programming thanks to our Westchester Shaliach and our Israel Interns

Hillels of Westchester is so fortunate this year to have a dynamic young Shaliach (emissary) funded by private donations and UJA Federation of New York. The Shaliach, Yoav Cohen was born in South Africa and moved to Israel at age 12. Yoav participated in our first community Chesed project at Kids Kloset in White Plains. He has also hosted a shabbat dinner at his apartment. Our two new Israel interns are Jeremy Lipsin (Sarah Lawrence junior) and Liron Goldring (Purchase College first year).

This is the third year Hillels of Westchester students have participated in a program supported by a grant from HOW board member Betsy Woolf and named in memory of her parents Joseph H. and Evelyn M. Woolf. The program has had a great impact on Westchester Hillel students. Last year's Sarah Lawrence Israel intern is currently one of six HOW graduates who have chosen to live in Israel after graduation. On Tuesday October 22nd Liron Goldring led an Israel cooking class in the Purchase College Hillel lounge. Other planned Israel programs include faculty presentations, film showings, Israeli dancing and visits to the "Compromised Land" art exhibit at the Neuberger Museum and Birthright trips in December and June. ,



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