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President's Note
I am thankful and excited to have been elected as your President. It is a privilege to hold this position, and I will try my hardest over the course of the next year to honor it through my ideas and my actions.
Hillel has been a home to me on campus since my freshman year. Its welcoming environment warmed me in the cold Ithaca winters, and it has given me a space to explore my spirituality, to think about my Judaism, and of course, to make a lot of friends. Hillel has inspired me to grow, as a leader and as a Jew.
As President, I look forward to working with you to continue strengthening the Hillel community, building on my predecessors’ hard work. I would love to hear your ideas, questions, or comments, so please contact me anytime at
I cannot wait for the amazing year ahead!

Sasha Chanko
President of Cornell Hillel 2018
Thank You All,
As I reflect on my year as Hillel President, I realize the immense privilege that it has been to lead such an amazing organization. The people I have encountered, learned from and mentored have made this year one I will cherish forever.
Even though my tenure as president is over, I will continue to do the work that I have set to accomplish as President. Hillel has been an amazing resource for me and I would love to hear your ideas, questions and comments, so feel free to contact me any time at I am so lucky to have has the opportunity to lead an amazing Executive Board. 
It is an absolute honor and privilege to pass the torch to Sasha. I have known Sasha since high school and he has been a spectacular board member. 
Signing off for one final time,
Brandon Cohen
President of Cornell Hillel 2017
Looking for an exciting Jewish service opportunity this summer?

Sign up for our Alternative Summer Break trip to Poland and Germany! This all-inclusive service trip features educational tours, conversations with local leadership, a reflective visit to Auschwitz, meaningful service work with children and the elderly, and a cross-cultural Shabbat experience with the Eastern European Jewish community.

The trip runs from May 24-June 3, 2018 (these dates include travel from a NYC-area airport). 

Applications are due Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
FAQ. Other questions? Contact Alex Duffant.

Summer 2018
May 28-June 7 from JFK*

Want to go to Israel this summer-for free?

Pre-registration for our summer Big Red Birthright trip is now open!

Click here to pre-reigster, and contact Jacob Kranitz with any questions!

*subject to change
Have a question to ask Cornell Hillel's own OU-JLIC Educator Rabbi Daniel Kasdan?

He will be answering questions in a weekly video series which will be featured on Hillel's social media channels, website, and weekly newsletter.

Click here for more information and to submit your question!
Israeli journalist Ben Dror Yemini is coming to Cornell on Thursday, February 1 at 5:30 PM to speak on the Arab-Israeli Conflict. The talk is co-sponsored by Cornellians for Israeli and IACC-Mushelanu and will be in the Kaufman Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. 

Questions? Contact Tamir Kalimian.

Friday, January 26

Reform/Kesher: 5:00 PM
Founders Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

Egalitarian/Shevach: 5:30 PM
Room 314, Anabel Taylor Hall

Orthodox/Kedma: 4:45 PM
CJL Shul, 104 West

Candle Lighting: 4:54 PM

Saturday, January 27

Orthodox/Kedma: 9:15 AM
Edwards Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

Shabbat Ends: 5:58 PM
Challah for Hunger is a national organization where students bake and sell challah every week to raise money for hunger relief. Baking is every Thursday in 104 West's kitchen, and sales are 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Ho Plaza every Friday. Delicious flavors including cinnamon sugar, raisin, chocolate, chip, and plain are available for just $5 a loaf. 

More information.
Want to host your own Shabbat dinner? Check out our Shabbat Across Cornell program! We'll help you plan an awesome dinner, and we'll even fund you $5 per person!

Fill out this form to get started, or contact Nicole Levine for more information.
Sarah and Rabbi Daniel Kasdan are the OU-JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) Educators. They are interested in studying with you, either one-on-one (Chavruta) or with you and your friends (Chaburahs).

To sign up to learn with the Kasdans, fill out this form.
They will be offering various learning opportunities and special events throughout the year, so be on the lookout. Please feel free to contact them with whatever you need.
Sarah Kasdan -  216-337-2412
Rabbi Daniel Kasdan -  201-264-1692

Get your FREE* ticket to chat with acclaimed author Dara Horn! During this virtual event, you can video chat with Dara 1-on-1, take a screenshot "selfie," and receive a digital autograph (signed in real-time). Don't miss this special opportunity to discuss Dara's new novel, Eternal Life, and more. 

*Limit 1 per person

Penn State Hillel and MASORTI on Campus are hosting a Masorti Shabbaton at Penn! Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Come meet students from across North America, share your vision for the Jewish future, and encourage educators and professionals currently in the field. The sign up deadline is January 29.
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