At the opening gathering of Hillel Internationals Circles of Educational Excellence

Initial Meeting of Hillel International’s Circles of Educational Excellence [Throwback Thursday]

In December, immediately prior to Hillel International’s General Assembly, I took part in the first meetings of the first cohort of Hillel International’s Circles of Educational Excellence. Beginning on Sunday night with some introductory activities, the group got going in earnest on Monday morning, continuing on through mid-afternoon. Consisting of the executive directors and rabbis/Jewish READ MORE

With Chapman, CSULB, and UCI students during Passover

Visiting Chapman, CSULB, & UCI Students During Passover

Last week during Passover, I visited a few different campuses to hang with students during lunchtime to enjoy some matzah with them.  On Monday, I went to California State University, Long Beach to join up with Beach Hillel for their matzah gathering; on Tuesday, I went to Chapman University to join up with their Hillel; and, READ MORE

Torah on Tap - March 2015

Torah on Tap Discussion on Kosher Food with Beach Hillel

By student request, I led a discussion on kosher food for Beach Hillel on Thursday. Taking place at The Nugget on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, I led a discussion on the fundamentals of kosher food as found in the Torah (a/k/a the Five Books of Moses), with a primary focus on READ MORE

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Sukkot Activities with Beach Hillel

Last month, in addition to leading a discussion for young adults in Orange County, I was involved in several of Beach Hillel‘s activities for Sukkot. For starters, I worked with students and staff to put up the on-campus sukkah at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), as well as to take it down.  Although we READ MORE

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Speaking with Redlands Hillel

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with dozens of students at University of Redlands in collaboration with their Hillel, followed up with a visit to continue the conversations at a local brewery. On Thursday evening, I went to University of Redlands to speak with students to discuss Jewish topics of interest to them, READ MORE

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Speaking with CSUF Students about Yom Kippur

For the second time this semester, I had the pleasure of speaking with students at California State University – Fullerton about an upcoming holiday.  Yesterday, in collaboration with the Hillel of Orange County, I spoke with students about Yom Kippur. Having previously spoken with them two weeks previously about Rosh HaShanah, we met up in READ MORE

Speaking about Rosh HaShanah at CSUF

Speaking with CSUF Students about Rosh HaShanah

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with students at California State University, Fullerton about the upcoming holiday of Rosh HaShanah.  In collaboration with Orange County Hillel, I spoke during their weekly “Throw Bagel Thursday” event in the Titan Student Union, discussing aspects about the holiday, which will be coming up next week.  I was glad READ MORE

With Rabbi Daniel Levitt

Hillel Institute 2013 [Throwback Thursday]

With the current Summer Hillel Institute taking place at the moment, I figured this would be a good opportunity to share some of how I was enriched from taking part in this professional development gathering.* The clear highlights for me were attending Rabbi Daniel Smokler’s sessions.  He did one with a bunch of Jewish educators, READ MORE

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Leading Discussions with SoCal Hillels this Spring

As the spring semester is wrapping up, I wanted to share which discussions I have led at which campuses here in Southern California, through my current position as rabbi of Southern California Jewish Student Services. I will start off with my two discussions at California State University, Fullerton with the Hillel group there, where I READ MORE