Israeli Musician, Idan Raichel comes to Manhattanville!
Manhattanville Hillel celebrate Shabbat with the school Faculty and Staff!
Israeli Director, Eran Riklis visits Manhattanville
Hillels of Westchester Taglit-Birthright trip begins 2015 with a ten-day tour of Israel
"Night in Tel Aviv" themed party held at SUNY Purchase has over 400 attendees
Hillel Students meet Noam Gershony, Israeli Paralympian and IDF veteran, and hear his story
JNF Westchester Area Director Anna Richlin joins SUNY Purchase Hillel to facilitate a Tu B'Shvat fruit
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
Kosher food for Passover available!

Need Kosher for Passover food? Stop by the lounge at SUNY Purchase and pick up a tray!

HOW past-President Martine Fleishman joins distinguished panel to discuss Jewish leadership

We are so proud of HOW past-President, Martine Fleishman.  On Tuesday, February 24th, she served as a panelist discussing ‘Leadership through a Jewish Lens’ at the JCC of Mid-Westchester.  Along with distinguished author David Arnow, Rabbi Menachem Genack and facilitator Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Martine shared her personal experience as a leader in the Jewish community

AIPAC Visits SUNY Purchase

AIPAC Westchester Area Director Eric Gallagher spoke at by Hillel last Wednesday for our weekly Lunch and Learn. Students learned about the situation in Israel, what AIPAC is doing to help, and how they can get involved. Students had a chance to ask a variety of hard questions and learn more in anticipation of our Hillel Cohort going to AIPAC National Policy Conference in March.

Tu B'Shvat at Manhattanville

Manhattanville celebrated Tu B’Shvat with an exotic fruit Seder last week. Students came together to organize  services, including a spread of fruits as well as conversation about sustainability and ways to bring environmental awareness to campus. 

HOW Students Attend an FIDF Event

On Wednesday, January 28th, Hillels of Westchester was lucky to be invited to a Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) event in Bedford, NY We heard Noam Gershony's inspiring story. Noam is an IDF veteran who was injured in an Apache helicopter crash in 2006. He went on to become the first and only Israeli Paralympic gold medal winner for tennis. We loved being able to meet so many influential and supportive members of the Westchester community! 

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.

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