NC Hillel Blog

  • A new home for Hillel @ NC State
    May 23, 2017
    DSC_0105Kayla Rosen has been involved with Hillel at NC State since she arrived, and is incredibly excited about their new home on the most heavily foot-trafficked block of Hillsborough St. Read her reflections on the dedication of the Hillel Center at NC State, and what finally having a physical home means to State's Jewish community.

    In the photo, left, Kayla reads a statement about the hanging of the mezuzah, as the crowd gathered on Hillsborough St to watch.

  • NC Hillel sends nine students to AIPAC Policy Conference
    May 23, 2017
    AIPAC PC 2017North Carolina Hillel was proud to send nine students to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC this year. There were over 18,000 participants, and some high-profile speakers at the conference, all sharing the same goal of supporting Israel. Read students' reflections in our blog post now!

  • Birthright Israel | Tel Aviv
    May 22, 2017
    TLV S17 2NC Hillel's Birthright Summer 2017 group toured Tel Aviv, seeing everything from the South to the Taglit Birthright Innovation Center to high-tech companies to the beach. Read their reflections here!

  • Birthright Israel | Touring Jaffa
    May 19, 2017
    IMG_1556NC Hillel's summer 2017 Birthright participants have landed in Israel! Read about their adventures in Jaffa for their first day.

  • NC Hillel welcomes Rabbi Melissa B. Simon as new Senior Jewish Educator
    May 8, 2017
    melissaheadshotweddingNorth Carolina Hillel is thrilled to announce that we have hired Rabbi Melissa B. Simon as our new Senior Jewish Educator, starting in July in a full-time role.

    Rabbi Simon previously served as the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel Director at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Prior to joining the Muhlenberg Hillel team in 2014, she was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Tikvah, a Reform synagogue in Minneapolis, MN.

    Rabbi Simon received Master's Degrees in Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. While a student at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Simon was named a Mandel Fellow, studying visionary leadership and Jewish education. She also served as the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinic Intern and Director of Children's Education at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York.

  • NC Hillel secures new center for Jewish life at NC State
    Mar 16, 2017
    DSC_0498North Carolina Hillel is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease on a new space on Hillsborough Street to serve as the center of Jewish life at North Carolina State University starting this spring. The new center for Jewish life will continue to build NC State’s reputation as a welcoming and diverse community with thriving Jewish life for current and prospective students and their families.

  • Join our team! Seeking two new colleagues: Operations Manager and Bookkeeper
    Mar 7, 2017
    We are restructuring our administrative/finance staff and looking for two great, new team members! Our Operations Manager is a full-time role and our Bookkeeper is 1/4-time.

    North Carolina Hillel seeks a highly organized, detail-oriented professional with exceptional communications skills to serve as our Operations Manager. The Operations Manager will provide critical support to the Executive Director and will be responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations. This colleague will be an essential member of the Hillel professional team and will play an active role in team meetings and organizational planning and decision-making. This is a full-time position in Chapel Hill, NC. The full posting can be found here.

    We are also currently accepting resumes for the position of Bookkeeper. The Bookkeeper will report directly to the Executive Director and will support the organization’s financial operations. This is a ¼ time position; exact hours are flexible, and evening and weekend hours are typically not required. The position is located in Chapel Hill, NC. To Apply, please email Sue Klapper, Interim Operations Manager, at sklapper@nchillel.org, with the subject “NC Hillel Bookkeeper” and include your resume, cover letter and three references. For more information, please read the posting here.

  • Hillel Hangouts at NC State
    Mar 7, 2017
    Eric SchwartzStudents have been coming weekly to the Woodward Student Involvement Center at NC State University for multiple reasons, but there is a new reason why Jewish students come from 3 to 6 on Tuesdays. Students have been coming to Hillel Hangouts to get great food, hang out with friends, and do homework since the start of the school year. It allows students to enjoy a variety of snacks through Hillel and relieve stress with our friends. Friendships are forming, ideas for future Hillel activities are being created and the our Hillel community is growing. For me, these Hillel hangouts are times in the middle of the week to relax with friends and create real long-lasting relationships with each other.

  • Join our team! Seeking UNC Rabbi-Senior Jewish Educator
    Feb 2, 2017
    North Carolina Hillel seeks a dynamic educator to help us inspire students at UNC Chapel Hill, one of the nation's premier public universities.  Your primary roles will be to mentor students as they take arguably the most critical steps on their Jewish journeys and help in crafting and implementing our Jewish educational vision.  We are specifically seeking rabbinic graduates of HUC-JIR. Please click here to read the full job description and apply online.

  • Birthright Israel | Extension Program in South Tel Aviv
    Jan 30, 2017
    BRI Extension"On our first day of the extension, after saying goodbye to all of our new friends from Birthright, we learned about the work we would be doing. We would be helping out in a daycare for children of refugees from mostly south Sudan. While these immigrants were not legal citizens, they were not turned away, as if living in a limbo situation with no benefits but no immediate punishments. Never before had I learned about “Asylum-Seekers” and the problems currently facing their population, mostly in southern Tel Aviv. The idea of refugees was not foreign to me and neither was the idea of the struggles of the lower class, but seeing it in Israel after experiencing the rose-tinted view we had just come off of was a bit of a shock. Birthright formed a very specific idea of Israel, but the extension program was there to show reality and the challenges Israel faces. This whole picture has given me a better understanding of the country and all the people within it."

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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