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South Dakota's Tiny Hillel Embraces Messianic Jews

By Derek Kwait

South Dakota's Tiny Hillel Embraces Messianic Jews
South Dakota State University’s Hillel is more than the only Jewish cultural club in the entire state. It’s also unique in that half its members are Messianic Jews.Read More


Hillel Threatens Its Swarthmore Chapter With Expulsion Over Israel Dispute

By Derek Kwait

Hillel Threatens Its Swarthmore Chapter With Expulsion Over Israel Dispute
Hillel is adamantly against its Swarthmore chapter’s decision to welcome even anti-Zionists to campus. It’s not clear where Swarthmore’s embrace of the ‘Open Hillel’ movement will end.Read More


Swarthmore Hillel Defies Headquarters on Boycott Israel Program Restrictions

By Derek Kwait

Swarthmore Hillel Defies Headquarters on Boycott Israel Program Restrictions
Swarthmore’s Hillel student board voted to defy restrictions of its parent organization and host programs by groups that support BDS — claiming the rules repress free speech.Read More






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