Hillel’s College Guide lists 981 colleges and universities, from IDC Herziliya to Southern Methodist. And yet, Swarthmore and Wesleyan, where students participated in the controversial Open Hillel movement, are missing from the list entirely. Guilford and Vassar, the other two schools commonly affiliated with the movement, are listed in the guide. They remain affiliated with Hillel International, while Wesleyan and Swarthmore are not.
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Swarthmore College’s former Hillel has voted to rename itself Swarthmore Kehilah.
Hillel took a positive step when it endorsed a Harvard appearance by Dorothy Zellner. Why has it slammed the door on civil rights veterans elsewhere due to their opinions on Israel?
After a year of planning, Swarthmore’s Open Hillel put its new status to use with a pathbreaking program. For Aaron Wagener, it was both terrifying and inspiring.
David Harris-Gershon planned to bring a message of reconciliation to a Hillel chapter in Santa Barbara, Calif. Then organizers found out he has spoken in favor of boycotting Israel.
From all the ink devoted to the controversy at Swarthmore, you might think the Israel-haters are banging at the doors of Hillel nationwide. Rest easy, one campus director says.
Eric Fingerhut took over as head of Hillel, the Jewish college student group, last summer. He stepped right into a major controversy over the group’s guidelines about supporting Israel.
The continuing controversy over Hillel’s Israel guidelines is really a battle over how to define what ‘pro-Israel’ means — something Hillel leaves totally unclear.
Swarthmore College’s Hillel might have expected to lose members over its controversial decision to embrace some critics of Israel. Instead, it’s sparked a boom.