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As part of national Domestic Violence Awareness month, expert Shaina Goodman will discuss intimate partner violence in the Jewish community at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Tisch Commons in Washington University’s Danforth University Center. The program, “A Conversation with Shaina Goodman: Jewish Responses to Intimate Partner Violence,” will feature a presentation by Goodman and discussion facilitated by Hillel student leaders.

Hillel at Washington University has hired two staff members who will participate in national fellowship programs through Hillel International.

On March 8, students and staff from WashU Hillel and Chabad on Campus present Anita Feigenbaum, Executive Director of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society, with a check for $8,374 that they raised for the cemetery restoration through the #WashUforChesed Campaign. Photo: Sid Hastings/WUSTL photos

Former Israeli supermodel Maayan Keret visited Washington Unversity last week to speak at an event organized by WashU Hillel. Keret, 40, spoke to about 80 people, the majority female undergraduates, in Holmes Lounge at Washington University, about the impact of media on the female body image. Chelsea Clinton, 35, addressed a larger crowd in the gym at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, including 90 or so students in grades 3 through 8. The school was suggested to her by Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, because of its reputation for having a progressive curriculum and commitment to teaching about social justice.

Hillel at Washington University is among 10 campuses nationwide receiving grants from Hillel International’s “Excellence Accelerator” program. This is the pilot year of the program, which will provide increased resources designed to support campus Hillels as they seek to achieve strategic goals to improve operations and increase engagement with Jewish students.

“I do want to say something about the young people…They live with such a commitment to social justice. There was a group [at the Cemetery] yesterday I noticed from Washington University Hillel. They knew nobody in that Cemetery. They were there because they knew they had to speak out. It speaks to what the younger generation is all about. They are activists and they have high ideals and they invest in their own time when they believe it’s necessary and I was really thrilled to see that.” - Lynn Wittels, President & CEO of the St. Louis JCC, during an interview today on "St. Louis on the Air"

Named one of the "100 most influential people in Israel” in 2006 by Haaretz publication TheMarker, Pinkas served as Chairman of the national LGBT association in Israel and advises the Mayor of Tel Aviv on LGBTQ affairs. He and his partner have challenged the legal system in Israel to recognize same-sex marriages and provide equal accessibility to the surrogacy process in Israel for same-sex couples. Both of these issues have reached the Israeli Supreme Court through his appeals.

A group of Washington University students and faculty organized and participated in a counter protest to the Westboro Baptist Church’s demonstration on Friday against the Transgender Spectrum Conference held on campus over the weekend. WashU Hillel participated in the demonstration, and our Campus Rabbi Jordan Gerson was quoted in this article.

WashU Hillel was proud to participate in this year's St. Louis PrideFest Parade with other members of the St. Louis Jewish community, and staff member Miriam Ross-Hirsch even got to hold the banner! Read about it in this article from the St. Louis Jewish Light.

Hillel at Washington University opened its doors this Passover to the larger campus community for “Abraham’s Tent: A Seder of Inclusion and Dialogue,” a Seder inspired by Abraham, whose tent was open on all sides to welcome guests.