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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

Hillel Students PhotoJUF supports a vast array of Jewish activities for students at colleges, universities and professional schools in Illinois. Learn about Hillel activities on and off campus as well as travel opportunities in Israel, South America and Eastern Europe. Learn about programs and internships in Chicago and elsewhere. Join the thousands of Jewish students in Illinois who are exploring and expressing their Jewish roots and Jewish future with one another.

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Summer Career Opportunities with Hillels of Illinois

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Are you looking for summer Internship opportunities?

The Hillels of Illinois have two opportunities available for current college students: The Lewis Summer Intern Program, and Onward Israel.

Lewis Summer Intern Program

The Lewis Summer Intern Program is an eight week paid internship program for Jewish college students in the Chicagoland area. As an LSIP intern, you'll be placed at one of a wide-range of Jewish non-profit organizations or Jewish-led businesses. During this summer, you'll work in your placement for four days a week, and you'll spend one day downtown at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago for career-building skills training and Jewish enrichment. You'll be provided with invaluable career and networking opportunities, the chance to build and polish a professional portfolio, the skills to nail your next job interview, and a window into all that the Jewish community does for both Chicagoland Jews, and the broader population.  To learn more about the Lewis Summer Intern Program and apply, click here.

Start Up Your Future with Onward Israel

Develop your professional future and build your resume through a high-level internship side by side with Israeli peers. This Tel Aviv based internship program places you in a work environment based on your skills, interests and future plans. Intern four days a week while one day a week will be devoted to learning about and experiencing contemporary Israeli society. Outside of your placement, spend quality time with Israelis and explore Tel Aviv’s exciting nightlife, beaches and culture. Features include a weekend retreat with Jewish students from across North America and the world. Space is limited.  Rolling admission. Click Here to learn more and apply!

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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