Four recent graduates will live in Israel for the next year doing different things. All four are Birthright alums. Daniel Siegeltuch, a Hillel Israel Intern at Sarah Lawrence College and Alex Miller, a Purchase College grad will both be working as Israel Teaching Fellows through a Masa program. Jordan Manos (Purchase Jan '2013) will continue Yeshiva studies in Sfat. Davya Eschenazi (Sarah Lawrence College) will also continue studies.
Beginning this Fall Catherine will attend graduate school at NYU Wagner-Skirball. This three-year program will allow her to earn a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in management and a M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. "I was very fortunate to receive an extremely generous fellowship through the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW)." We are so proud of Catherine and know that she will find a way to stay connected to Hillels of Westchester.
On Wednesday April 24th Hannah Salzberg led a group of Hillels of Westchester students to Build A Bear to make 127 teddy bears. The bears will be taken to Montefiore Childrens Hospital and given to infirmed children.
Thursday March 14th and before services and dinner on Friday March 15th.
hOn Thursday March 14th the Culinary program at WCC held a model sedar led by Rabbi Frank Tamburello of the Westchester Community of Humanistic Judaism.
Come test your knowledge of Israel and play for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card. Monday March 4th at 7:00 PM in the Hillel lounge at Purchase College CCN 0003.
One Neshamot mini grant is funding the appearance of the Bible Players at Sarah Lawrence College on February 24th at 7:00 PM in the Black Squirrel.
In Dammon Pitt at Manhattanville College, a great shabbat with Rabbi Wendy Pein. Friday February 22nd.
Before shabbat on November 16th, Hillels of Westchester students from Manhattanville, Purchase and Sarah Lawrence Colleges gathered for this photo in support of Israel. In addition on Monday November 19th, a rally will be held at Purchase College at noon in support of Israel. Follow us on Facebook and "like" our Hillels of Westchester page.
Throughout the week of Chanukah, celebrations took place at Sarah Lawrence, Purchase College, Manhattanville, Pace - Pleasantville and Westchester Community College. Students made their own latkes, hosted DJs, sang songs and danced to Israeli music. It was truly a multi-community celebration filled with great memories.
Hillels of Westchester students, including two from Westchester Community College returned on January 11th from their extraordinary adventure in Israel. More details to follow.
On Sunday November 4th, Hillel students and staff visited the Hebrew Home for the Aged in New Rochelle, NY. Residents told stories about their interests and Hillel students reciprocated by explaining what Hillel was and what Jewish student life is like in Westchester. HOW board member Mila Levine works at the Home and helped organize the event.
Rabbi Aubrey Glazer of the Jewish Community Center of Harrison led a "Lunch 'N Learn" on the nature of friendship in Judaism. His texts included Ecclesiastes, the writing of Maurice Blanchot, and R. Aaron Roth. Around twenty students gathered in the Hillel lounge at Purchase College to engage Rabbi Glazer in thoughtful discussion. This is one in a series of "Lunch 'N Learns" featuring local Westchester Rabbis.
Thanks to a grant from UJA Federation of New York, Hillel at Purchase College now has it's own kosher kitchen. The end result was very much a collaboration between Hillel, Home Depot, and the college Facilities Management professionals. The kitchen will provide many opportunities for students to explore their culture through food. A latke contest is planned for Chanukah as well as a cookbook with recipes from families.
Hillel staff will be setting these displays in synagogues as part of our campaign to reach out to more of the Westchester community. If your synagogue was somehow missed, we can bring you a display to your shul. Call Saul at 914-251-6498. Thanks to Barry Effron, Paul Margulies and Robert Sokolof for their hard work.
Hillels of Westchester is running its own Taglit-Birthright bus. Students from Westchester colleges as well as students who live in Westchester are coming together for this once in a life-time experience.Any questions should be directed to our Program Director Catherine Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleven students from Sarah Lawrence College returned to New Orleans to assist in the continuing effort to rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods after the extraordinary damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Fifteen Hillels of Westchester students representing our four campuses volunteered for the UJA Federation of new York Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Sunday, January 29, 2012. After three hours of calling donors, students returned to the Hillel lounge at Purchase College for a leadership training program run by Program and Engagement Associates Catherine Schwartz and Abi Winter.
Ruth Kleinman, beloved program and co-director at Hillels of Westchester is taking on a new professional role as Development Associate at Rodeph Sholom, the long established Upper West Side synagogue. Starting January 3, 2012, Ruth will handle a diverse range of responsibilities to support the cultivation of member gift giving including planning and implementing annual appeals as well as individual solicitations. She will also assist in cultivation events, and other a
If you are a parent and need to reach the group, phone numbers for each location are provided in the full itinerary below:
Dec 25 - Jan 4 / NYC / Israel Quest
Klezmanukkah, the annual Hillel Chanukkah dance party will be held on Monday December 5th in the Music Building (ground level Room 0078) at Purchase College. This is because real Chanukkah comes after the semester is over. Come join us for live music featuring the Purchase Klezmer and World Music Ensemble at 8:00 PM. Their performance this year features several songs sung in Yiddish. At 8:45, Cantor Uri Aqua will lead and teach Israeli dancing. Come enjoy a great time and have the first latkes of the season.
Dedicated Hillels of Westchester board members as well as local synagogue congregents are volunteering to keep an ample supply of Kosher chicken soup on hand this season. Hillel students will personally deliver soup to bed ridden students on any of our four campuses. Students can contact us through our Facebook group "Hillels of Westchester" or parents can call our office at 914-251-6498.
On Friday November 18th students from Pace University, Purchase College, and Manhattanville College came together on Manhattanville's Dammann Hall for a shabbat dinner. While the logistics of bringing everyone together were daunting, Hillel staff delivered both students and a kosher shabbat meal to 38 students. In addition, Purchase resident and neighbor Ellen Brown donated a large pot of chicken soup to the effort. Also attending the shabbat was Hillels of Westchester Past President Stuart Kolbert and Arlene Kolbert.
On Saturday November 12th, Hillels of Westchester students helped greet and register over 400 community guests for Westchester Jewish Council's 2nd annual Evening of Jewish Learning. It was the second Jewish community-wide event this Fall that Hillels of Westchester supported, the first being the JCC- Mid Westchester's "Day of Chesed." This is another example of how we try to give back to the community that supports us.
Eight loving and generous Westchester Jewish families opened their homes to Hillel students on Friday evening November 4th. The project in its third year, is the brain child of Hillels of Westchester lay board member Mindy Feldman. Families and students are interviewed by Mindy and our staff and then matched to make this experience positive and memorable for all.
As part of our on-going tzedek (social justice) activities, students from Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Manhattanville College will bring food and clothing to New York area homeless shelters. Purchase College students will make their van run Tuesday November 8th, Sarah Lawrence College students will do theirs on Sunday November 13th and Manhattanville on Tuesday November 15th.
After five years as a prisoner of Hamas, Israeli Army Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit has returned home to Israel…to his family, his friends, his people. Hillels of Westchester applauds his return and new found freedom. Am Yisroel Chai.
The Jewish Student Association at Manhattanville College, as one of its community service projects has formed a team for the October 16th "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" event. More than just a walk, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event describes the progress we're making together to save lives by helping people get well, stay well, find cure and fight back.
Titled the "Westchester Campus Israel Experience", Israel Outdoors in partnership with Hillels of Westchester is sponsoring its own Birthright bus. Students from Westchester campuses as well as students from other colleges who live in Westchester are encouraged to apply. Based on the core Israel Quest itinerary, this program is specially offered to undergrad age applicants from Westchester, NY area campuses. This trip is the perfect way to experience Israel with new friends with whom you can easily stay in touch locally on campus after your return from Israel.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The tent movement is spreading.
In Israel, tent cities are popping up throughout the country as part of a broad social protest against high housing prices in the Jewish state.
In America, Hillel just announced it is planning to set up tents at 20 campuses across the country this fall as places for respectful dialogue about Israel and Middle East issues.
Almost five years after Hurricane Katrina, still glaring is the structural racism and lack of sufficient government support to allow the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward to return home. Empty lots still account for 70% of the area, and little is being done to change this situation. Residents discuss the sluggishness of the Road Home Program in providing funding and how the funds are usually insufficient to begin rebuilding.
This is where I am right now: I’m at a desk in an office doing a job I love (despite the fact that the phones are ringing off the hook today, but that’s what happens when you run a free legal clinic), putting to use all of the Jewish values—torah, avodah, g’milut chasidim—that I impressed upon myself when I was in Hillel.
Hillels of Westchester runs an erev Rosh Hashanah service at 7 PM (Wed 9/28) in the Humanities Theatre (Humanities Building, at Purchase College) followed by dinner. This service and dinner are opened to all students at our four campuses. RSVP 914-251-6498 for dinner attendance. Purchase students can attend services for the remainder of the of the holidays (free) on campus through the Community Synagogue of Rye (Reform) which meet in the Performing Arts Center as follows:
With the generous support of a grant from our Board member Betsy Woolf, Ariela Haim was a Fall 2010 Joseph H. and Evelyn M. Woolf Israel Fellow engaged in pro-Israel activities at Purchase College.