Friday, February 21, 2014

Hillel Explains When ‘Open Hillel’ Will Result in Disaffiliation

The Jewish Press was told what will trigger consequences for campus groups which reject Hillel International's Israel guidelines By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
The Jewish Press

Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International

Over the last few months, Jewish student groups on two American campuses affiliated with the Hillel International Foundation publicly rejected Hillel’s guidelines for partnership.

The first to stick out their tongue at the mother ship (or stick up something else, use your imagination) was Swat Hillel, the Hillel group at Swarthmore College, in suburban Philadelphia. On December 8, the group approved a resolution declaring itself to be an “Open Hillel.”

According to the resolution, the Swarthmore College group rejected Hillel International’s guidelines “which privilege only one perspective on Zionism, and make others unwelcome.”

This week a second Jewish campus organization, the Vassar Jewish Union at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, declared it also would not abide by Hillel’s Israel guidelines. PLS CONTINUE READING:

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