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The Hillels of Illinois
Regional Programs
30 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60606
phone: (312) 444-2868
fax: (312) 855-2479

Lewis Summer
Intern Program
The Hillels of Illinois
30 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60606
phone: (312) 444-2868

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Students can apply to Lewis Summer Intern Program

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LSIP 2009Summer in Chicago? Apply for Lewis Summer Internships!

Undergrads residing (parental residence) or attending school in Illinois: Apply online at for the Lewis Family Summer Intern Program 2010, offering 26 paid internships in agencies/departments of the Jewish Federation. Potential work experiences in : development, marketing, public relations, grant writing and finance; direct service with youth, the elderly and special needs; journalism, event coordination, sports management and educational programming. Write or call 312-444-2868 to schedule a Winter Break interview in Chicago.

Application Deadline: Feb. 26, 2010
Interview Deadline: March 19, 2010

Expanding Jewish Life in Carbondale

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Rachel Wides understands Jewish life in Carbondale, Illinois. A first-year social work student and Carbondale native, Wides is also the new director of Hillel at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

With such a small Jewish population in the town, Carbondale's Hillel house is crucial in the development of the Jewish community there, explained Wides. And, Jewish student life in Carbondale has seen tremendous growth, with numbers of active Jewish students up from last year.

Read more about Hillel's growth at Southern Illinois from the Daily Egyptian newspaper.

Read about Hillel students participating in Holocaust education in Carbondale. 

Campuses experiencing flurry of anti-Israel activity

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UIUC Student ImageWhen Israel-supporting faculty and students returned from winter break last January, they found an escalation of hostility toward Israel and its supporters that occasionally crossed boundaries from civil exchange to verbal abuse and physical intimidation. This new intensity of anti-Israel activity followed upon the kind of behavior seen in Chicago and throughout the world during Israel’s most recent war with the terrorist group Hamas, said JUF Executive Vice President Michael C. Kotzin, who has been working with campus activists and Hillel to address anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments and activities.