Manhattanville Hillel will be hosting their second annual clothing drive from January 25th - February 5th! Please bring all winter appropriate donations to the Duchesne Center at Mville!

In response to the reprehensible carvings of multiple swaztikas in a dormitory at SUNY Purchase College, and the subsequent vandalism depicting nooses in three additional dormitories, Hillels of Westchester denounces any such hateful activity.  Whether the perpetrator or perpetrators understand the horrific connotation contained in the symbols, the fact remains that there are students whose sense of security is shaken.  HOW is committed to proactively strengthening the entire campus community because no student should ever feel scared, threatened, or intimidated while pursuing hig

Manhattanville Hillel is teaming up with the campus Gay Straight Alliance and Music Industry Club to run a party/fundraiser! All music will be performed from campus musicians! Admission is free but donations would be appriciated! All contributions will be donated to LifeStraw to bring awareness for the need of clean drinking water in the world!

Come join Manhattanville Hillel in celebrating the first night of Passover on April 3rd at 6:30pm in the SUNY Purchase Hillel Lounge!
Please RSVP to by March 31st!

Manhattanville College is Hosting an Israeli Culture Shabbat on Friday, March 27th at 6:30pm in Dammann Pitt! Dinner will Follow Services!

Where: Dammann Pitt Hall, Manhattanville College

When: Friday Feb 20th at 12pm

Special guest speaker Dr. Eric Mandel joins SUNY Purchase Hillel for this exciting event. Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm in the Red Room (Student Services Building). Contact for more info.

Manhattanville Hillel is running a winter clothing drive! Donate winter clothes to those who need it during this harsh season! The clothes will be collected in the Duchesne Center until February 9th. Drop clothes off in the office of the Jewish Chaplain.

Students from HOW's campuses showed their support for the Israeli Defense Forces at two separate events in October 2014.  On Thursday, October 23rd, students traveled to Temple Beth El in Chappaqua to hear personal stories from seven visiting IDF soldiers.  The at-capacity event, sponsored by Tzahal Shalom of Northern Westchester, compelled and inspired the more-than 250 adults and children in attendance.  

For the first time, kosher food options are available to students at Pace-Pleasantville, thanks to the efforts of Pace Hillel student Benyamin Gerard. Students are now able to purchase pre-packaged kosher meals in the Kessel Student Center on campus.

This year, Pace Hillel students formed a Relay for Life team and stayed up late into the night, fundraising and raising cancer awareness for twelve hours straight! Spearheaded by team captain Emily Weiss, the Hillel team managed to raise $615 towards cancer research!

Rachel Severinovsky and Hannah Salzberg were chosen to speak at the JCC Mid-Westchester Israel Independence Day celebration, May 6th 2014. Yoav Cohen the Westchester Shaliach introduced the students who were both participants on HOW's most recent Birthright trip. They spoke about the impact of the trip and how it has changed their lives. Both Rachel and Hannah have photographs in the Hillels of Westchester Birthright Photography Exhibit. (Pictured in the above photo are Rachel Severinovsky, Maya Cohen, Yoav Cohen and Hannah Salzberg).

For four days starting March 2nd, a contingent of Hillels of Weschester staff and students participated in the AIPAC annual policy conference in Washington DC. Featured speakers included Benjamin Netanyahu, and Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut. Rick Redlon, Rachel Renchner Kelly, Sivan Dor, Daniel Zuckerman, Hannah Johnson, Jeremy Lipsin, and Hannah Salzberg. Also in attendance were John McCain, and John Kerry. We thank Bob Cohen and Eric Gallagher for providing substantial funding for students to participate.

Our staff regularly posts a new Hebrew word to promote a better student vocabulary.

I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania, where the lack of a strong Jewish community made it hard for me to find connections with my heritage. Now that I am a first year student at Sarah Lawrence College, I am so excited to be able to get involved with the Hillel group, and to be a part of the community I was always looking for.



by Rebecca Kogan (senior Psych major, Jewish minor)

The Hillel lounge at Purchase College has become the best place to gather on Wednesdays at 12:30. We have been holding regular Lunch N' Learns and of course our signature bagel brunch spread. On Wednesday October 9th Rabbi Aubrey Glazer held a lively discussion on different interpretations of what it means to perform a Mitzvah. Fine art majors and musicians from the Conservatory joined students in the discussion. The lounge was standing room only by the end of the discussion. As he left, one student commented: "Wednesday at Hillel is the best day of the week on campus."

On Wednesday Oct.2nd at 12:30 pm Purchase Hillel students will begin the first in a regular series of Wednesday Lunch N' Learns. The featured speak is Professor Michael Taub, who teaches courses on the culture of the Middle East. Professor Taub is an Israeli army veteran of two wars. An Israeli style lunch will be served.

On Monday Septmber 23rd, Hillel students delivered sandwiches that they made to homeless NYC residents.

Six 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.

We are sharing the news that Catherine Schwartz, Program Director of the Hillels of Westchester, will be leaving Hillel on June 20, 2013. 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.  We are so proud of Catherine for this accomplishment, her fellowship and her long-lasting commitment to Jewish non-profits. 

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.

If you want to join us for our summer Birthright trip, contact Ethan at




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

The application deadline (Mar. 1st) is quickly approaching for Purchase College's first "Summer in Israel" program. The program is an archeological dig running from June 17th thru Jul 20th. The trip is led by Purchase College Jewish Studies Professor Rachel Hallote. For more information go to:


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.

Purchase College alumna and former Woolf Israel Intern Ariela Haim is participating in a WUJS Israel internship (a five month post college Israel experience). The program is based in the historic and modern cities of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.

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.

Announcing an international, paid internship focusing on the fields of diplomacy, policy, intergroup relations, human rights, and non-profit management.

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.

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