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Hillel in the News

Cornell Hillel hosted a community gathering for comfort, healing, and solidarity to sing and uplift each other during these difficult times. 


Cornell Hillel placed 1,000 white flags representing 6,000 Jews each on the arts quad for Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mary Salton also visited to speak to Cornell students about her experience escaping Nazi Austria.


Cornell Hillel and Cornellians For Israel hosted a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, October 11th to honor the Israeli lives lost and those currently wounded or kidnapped by Hamas. 

Around 750 Cornell students were in attendance as students spoke passionately and meaningfully. The vigil concluded with the Hatikvah.


As part of Hillel's Major Speaker Series, B.J. Novack, a well-known actor, director, producer, and writer, came to Cornell to share his experiences and career journey. He spoke about his how his Jewish identity has played a role in his life since his childhood.

Jewish Cornell students struggle to balance observing Yom Kippur, the holiday of practicing forgiveness through fasting and prayer, and their academically rigorous classes. Students turn to Cornell Hillel for help with their time management as well as programming to observe Yom Kippur. 


Through the collaboration of Cornell Hillel and Birthright Israel Jewish Cornell students have the opportunity to travel to Israel on a free ten-day trip. Students on the trip get to build stronger connections with their Jewish identity and connect with the greater Jewish community. Both Jewish Cornell students and Cornell Hillel coordinators share their birthright experiences and its significance to their Jewish identity.

Cornell Hillel brought Nobel Prize recipient and Cornell Professor Emeritus to deliver a talk at the University on Wednesday 4/29, sharing his experiences as a Holocaust survivor and speaking on the ongoing aggression in Ukraine to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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After two years of delay due to COVID-19, former Obama Administration speech writer Sarah Hurwitz came to Cornell on Monday, March 27 to talk about her journey grappling with Judaism and politics.

Cornell Hillel celebrated Rosh Hashanah together in-person after 500 days off campus, attracting thousands of students for dinners, services, and community.

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Shevach: Cornell's Traditional Egalitarian Minyan President Sophia Bergen has been recognized by Hillel International for her commitment to both Jewish life and Cornell Army ROTC.

Hillel student leader Marlee Pincus shares her story of rejoining the Cornell community and the role that Cornell Hillel played in helping her find her place back on campus and in the Cornell Jewish community.

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