Message from our Hillel President

Hey everyone! Welcome back to school from what I hope was a fantastic summer. Here at Hillel, we’re enjoying an exciting semester. We are already working on brand new projects, as well as continuing the ones you know and love. We are planning new inclusivity, shabbat, interfaith, freshman, and social events. There’s something for everybody, so […]


Bukharian Jewish Student Involvement Soars at Queens College Hillel

The aromatic and delectable smells of gosht-gija, shashlik, bakhsh, and green tea permeated the large room. As dozens of students were entering the Ellen Koppelman Lounge at Queens College Hillel, three renowned shashmaqom musicians were tuning their instruments and preparing their repertoire for the culminating event in a series of programs—called the Bukharian Choikhona—that happened […]


Discovering My Identities

  “Un libro se puede quemar o perder, pero, cuando uno se lo aprende, el libro ya forma parte de su persona y los conocimientos duran tanto como él.” The above quote comes from the Spanish translated edition of Noah Gordon’s book The Last Jew. Loosely translated, it means, “a book can be burned or […]


Defending Israel, One Article at a Time

Nestled in a small building in the German Colony in Jerusalem, Israel, is a quaint, historic building known as the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). This edifice houses a group of scholars who are interested in defending Israel. I had the pleasure of interning for them this summer. The JCPA describes itself as “an […]


Globetrotting and My Shifting Shades of Jewish Identity

The restaurant smelled strongly of dumplings, steaming goulash and beer that was flowing from tap. An old piano stood in the corner, and wooden tables and chairs beckoned our still-awkward group forward. It was the first of many places where I would decline the famous Czech food while trying not to insult the locals or […]