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Mensch’s Guide to Campus Activism

Guide to Campus Activism

A Mensch's Guide to Campus Activism
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Chicago, IL 60606
phone: (312) 444-2868
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Hillel Blog

Campuses experiencing flurry of anti-Israel activity

(General, Israel, Activism, Education, Levine Hillel at UIC, UIUC Hillel at the Cohen Center, Newberger Hillel at U of C, Hillels Around Chicago, Remote Campuses) Permanent link

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.

Students motivated to showcase different sides of Israel

(General, Israel, Activism, Education, Levine Hillel at UIC, UIUC Hillel at the Cohen Center, Newberger Hillel at U of C, Hillels Around Chicago, Loyola Hillel) Permanent link

NW Israel PhotoAs a reaction to growing anti-Israel sentiment on many Chicago-area campuses, Jewish students and faculty are re-asserting their support for Israel. With the support of Hillel and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) professionals, students are initiating Israel-related programming that is not just responsive, but proactive. Initiatives on and off campus are also providing students, both Jewish and non-Jewish, with opportunities to learn more about Israel.

In its sixth year, Russian Shabbaton continues to engage Jewish students

(General, Israel, Holidays, Education, Russian Students, Levine Hillel at UIC, Hillels Around Chicago) Permanent link

Passport ShabbatonWhat happens when 96 Russian-speaking college students and young professionals gather for a weekend of Jewish learning? “A sense of instant community,” is Steve Bogdanov’s answer.

Bogdanov, who was born in Minsk and came to the United States in 1995, was among the participants at the sixth annual Russian Shabbaton and Birthright Israel Reunion, the flagship event of Russian Hillel, which is a program of Hillels Around Chicago. The Shabbaton, which was held Feb. 20-22 at Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, began in 2004 with the goal of offering Russian-speaking Jewish young adults in Chicago a venue to meet each other and learn together. This year’s Shabbaton attracted participants from Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Tampa, Fla.