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

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63rd Annual Latke-Hamentash Debate at U Chicago

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Join over 1,000 University of Chicago students and professors for an evening of academic fun and frivolity! Every year, four of the University’s most prominent scholars waste decades of their accumulated knowledge by applying their respective expertise to this most inane of questions: Which is better? The Latke of the Hamantash?

The Latke-Hamantash Debate has been a University of Chicago tradition since 1946. Past participants and commentators have included Nobel Prize winners Milton Friedman and Leon Lederman; three university presidents, former Chicago President Hanna Gray, former Princeton University President Harold Shapiro and key people from a wide range of academic disciplines.

November 24, 2009
Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street, Chicago
FREE and open to the public. Reception to follow: $5

Arts made accessible for Jewish students

(General, Arts, Russian Students, Levine Hillel at UIC, Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern, Newberger Hillel at U of C, Hillels Around Chicago, Loyola Hillel) Permanent link

Highly subsidized student tickets to Chicago cultural events are made available for students through the generous contribution of the Gordon Brookstone Cultural Fund.

November 2009 Brookstone events include:

  • Faust, November 3, Lyric Opera, 7:30pm
    Student cost: $10 sold out
  • Vladimir Feltsman, November 8, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 3pm
    Student cost: $10
  • Richard III, November 19, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 7:30
    Student cost after refund: $10

For more information on these events, please email

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.