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Empowering Our Students for Jewish Campus Life

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Eric Fingerhut with Write On for Israel StudentsOn November 11, more than 300 people came together at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park for the event, Empowering Our Students for Jewish Campus Life. The event brought together attendees from the Northern Suburbs for a College Hillel Fair representing 13 Universities and a presentation by Hillel International President CEO and former Congressman Eric Fingerhut. Fingerhut’s keynote was followed by breakout sessions for high school students where they learned about Jewish Campus Life from current college students on three different campuses and Israel advocacy from Write On for Israel participants. Parents and community members had a chance to ask questions of Eric Fingerhut, John Lowenstein, Vice President of Campus Affairs, and Erez Cohen, Director of Illini Hillel.

I brought my son to the event and we both found the evening to be inspiring, educational and informative.  As a junior, my son is beginning his college search and the Hillel representatives we spoke to were wonderful.  They were friendly and knowledgeable and took the time to answer all our questions.  The keynote address was very inspiring and thought provoking while the breakout sessions were well suited to our specific needs.- Event Attendee

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank North Suburban Synagogue Beth El for hosting this incredible event, as well as the synagogues that cosponsored the event with us: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (Highland Park), Am Shalom (Glencoe), Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (Wilmette), Congregation B'nai Tikvah (Deerfield), Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook),  Moriah Congregation (Deerfield) , and North Shore Congregation Israel (Glencoe).

Israel Mega Shabbat at Newberger Hillel

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On Friday, January 31st, 150 University of Chicago students participated in Israel Mega Shabbat, hosted by Newberger Hillel. Students dined on Israeli cuisine
and heard from Roey Gilad, Israel's Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.  In addition, Professor Charles Lipson, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Political
Science, facilitated the discussion of politics in Israel today.  Student leadership were seated with Roey Gilad, Professor Lipson, and Professor Sam Peltzman,
the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Booth School of Business.  Israel Mega Shabbat was also
a place where birthright alumni were able to meet up and reminisce about their trips.


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Bradley Hillel’s Fresh Exec: Welcoming the New Executive Student Board

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by Ellie Silver

Welcoming the secular new year also means welcoming a fresh group of motivated Bradley Students into leadership at Bradley Hillel. They are enthused and eager to take the reins. The incoming student executive board consists of the following driven individuals:

as President, Ron Taxer, a sophomore television arts major from Buffalo Grove, Illinois;
as Treasurer, Samantha Newmark, a freshman accounting major from Chesterfield, Missouri;
as Vice President of Programming, Nora Cook, a sophomore psychology major from Louisville, Kentucky;
as Secretary, Mitchell Liss, a sophomore biology major from Vernon Hills, Illinois;
as Communications Vice President, Bridget Berkow, a freshman hospitality leadership major from Denver, Colorado;
as Food Manager, Nat Kahn, a junior pre-liberal arts and sciences major from Northbrook, Illinois; and,
as House Manager, Greg Adler, a junior social work major, from St. Louis, Missouri.

With the support of the board and Rabbi Daniel Bogard, Ron is looking forward to implementing new regular programing on Wednesday nights.

“I am most excited about the new semester, because we will be broadening our programs, hoping to bring more people to Hillel,” Ron commented.

But enhancing programing is not Ron’s only ambition as president.

“I also hope to work effectively with my peers, to use and combine their strengths and take Hillel to the next level.” Ron explained.

Nat is also excited to work with his peers. He wants to create a fun environment and commented, “Lets do things that will help improve our group and our social network while hanging out and getting to know each other.”

Mitchell is eager to share his strengths with an organization that is so important to him. “My position as Secretary is perfect for me because I'm always on top of things, so event information and board minutes will be quickly distributed.”

As the new semester begins, so does a fresh and exciting start for Bradley University Hillel.