Hillel Across Cornell Resources



Want to reconnect with your friends and get funding (up to $10 per person!) from Hillel? Create an account and register your event on our Hillel Across Cornell platform.


Here are some of our favorite ways to reconnect with friends!


Host a Havdalah

Have your friends over for a Saturday night hang, and we’ll deliver Havdalah supplies right to your door! Havdalah is a beautiful ritual to mark the end of Shabbat and beginning of a new week. It’s the shortest Jewish service of the year, and it happens every week. What’s not to love?! Learn more about Havdalah and the prayers here. Ready to go? Sing along with this video! And if you play guitar, check this video out for chords and words!


Game Night

Play in person or online! We’re loving Codenames, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, and the classic Cornell-themed Cards Against Humanity. Need more online games? Check out this google doc!


Movie Night

Looking into having an Israeli watch party? Omer, our Israel Fellow, has the inside scoop on the hottest Israeli TV shows and movies that you can watch with your friends!

Arts and Crafts

Color a Birkat Habayit, a blessing for the home! Don’t worry, the blessing still works for dorm rooms, apartments, and Greek houses. These beautiful coloring pages were made by Lizzie of Base Ithaca! Follow them on Instagram @baseIthaca.

Step Challenge

Walking to class seems like a thing of the past. BUT for the next 10 days, Cornell Hillel will be hosting a step challenge! Grab your friend and form a team* to explore new adventures and places in Ithaca while having a chance to earn prizes and incentives. The top three teams will win gift cards and/or wellness kits to help you continue your wellness journey after the 10 days! Reach out to Tatiana for any questions 

*Teams limited to 5 people per team. 


Choose your own adventure!

Design your own event and submit it for approval.

Host an Israeli Pod

Interested in learning more about Israel? We’ve got you covered! Apply today for our Israel Learning Fellowship!

Omer's TV Picks

Looking into having an Israeli watch party? Here are some Israeli TV shows and movies that you can watch with your friends, along with some useful resources and related links for dinner party conversation. 

The Ultra-Orthodox Community


Shtisel (Netflix)

A Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem reckons with love, loss and the doldrums of daily life.

Why Is Netflix's ‘Shtisel’ Is Binge-Worthy TV on a Strict Form of Judaism?

Why Shtisel has captured the global imagination

Shtisel Coming Back Stronger Than Ever

Unorthodox (Netflix)

The story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.

Read about the true story behind Netflix's 'Unorthodox' here.

Check out this interview with lead character Shira Haas.


Israeli Food


In Search of Israel Cuisine (Amazon Prime)

Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov goes on a journey In Search of Israeli Cuisine. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the multitude of cultures that make up Israel today - Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze - a rich, complex, and the human story emerges.


Watch Michael Solomonov’s latest show on Vimeo, Bringing Israel Home.


Security and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Fauda (Netflix)

Fauda (Arabic for 'Chaos') depicts the two-sided story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Doron, a commander of an undercover Israeli unit, the Israeli Special Forces, operating inside Palestinian territories, and his team, are hunting down Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. 

Conversation with leading actress, Rona Li-Shimon at Hillel @Home.


Tehran (AppleTV)

Tehran is the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in the heart of a hostile and menacing city, which also happens to be the place of her birth. Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has implications not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world order.

Conversation with leading actress, Liraz Charchi at Hillel @Home. 

The Spy (Netflix) 

Based on a true story. Israel, 1959. The Mossad is desperate to embed a spy in Syria and select Eli Cohen, an unassuming yet fervently patriotic accountant. After training, he assumes the identity of a Syrian national living in Argentina and uses this as a means to gain entry into Syria.

Learn more about Eli Cohen.


Valley of Tears (HBO Max)

Based on true events, October 6, 1973. Arab states led by Egypt and Syria launched a surprise invasion and nearly overran Israel during the holiest day of the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur. The story is told through the eyes of three characters, whose lives were thrown into the heart of battle and its intoxicating, addictive effects as well as its absurdities.

Learn more about the Yom Kippur War


Our Boys (HBO) 

In the summer of 2014, three Jewish teenagers are kidnapped and murdered by Hamas militants. Israel is shocked, shaken and furious. Two days later, the burned body of a Palestinian teenager from East Jerusalem is found in a forest on the western outskirts of the city. In the ensuing days, Simon - an agent from the internal terror division of the Shin Bet, investigates the murder, while the parents of the slain teenager begin their long and anguished journey toward justice and consolation. The series, based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza, follows the investigation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder. It tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.

Check out this interview with the creators.


The Angel (Netflix)

Inspired by true events. The true story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Based on NYT’s bestselling book 'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph.




The Baker and the Beauty (Amazon Prime)

An Israeli romantic-comedy TV series that follows the love story between a simple baker and an international supermodel. It ranks as one of the highest-rated scripted series ever in Israel.