Freshman Orientation Throughout June & July

by Gerald Sorokin | Jun 05, 2015

Coming to Iowa City for Orientation?

Orientation Students

Check out the "Religious Life" table at the information fair. And stop by Hillel to say hi in person.

Questions? Shoot us an e-mail or call 319-338-0778.

June is Pride Month

by Gerald Sorokin | Jun 05, 2015
Keshet Pride Month 2015

Senior Shabbat—Fri May 8

by Gerald Sorokin | May 01, 2015

Celebrate our Seniors!

Shabbat Shalom

Friday, May 8

Services: 6:00 pm

Dinner: 7:00 pm

Awards and recognition: 7:45 pm

Dina Elenbogen—Sun Apr 26, 2pm @Hillel

by Gerald Sorokin | Apr 22, 2015

Hillel's Jewish Writers Series Presents

Ethiopian Boy and Dina Elenbogen

Iowa Writer's Workshop Alum, Dina Elenbogen

reading from

Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm
At Hillel

"The biblical-like saga of the Ethiopian Jewish exodus to the modern state of Israel has been told by journalists, sociologists, anthropologists. Now, finally, this story has found its poet. Dina Elenbogen has written a beautiful, heartbreaking book about the quest for home – a journey shared by an American Jew, member of the most privileged Jewish community, with Ethiopian immigrants in Israel, the least privileged Jews. In the longings and fufillment and missed opportunities that are the story of the Ethiopian exodus, old dreams are broken even as a new dreams are being born. Elenbogen is sensitive to the nuances that often elude those writing about Israel and its challenges. This exquisitely written meditation is a significant contribution to the literature of contemporary Jewish identity, and of the meaning of Israel for Jews today."
--Yossi Klein Halevi, author, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation.

The Black-Jew Dialogues—Mon Apr 27, 7pm @Hillel

by Gerald Sorokin | Apr 14, 2015

The Black-Jew Dialogues

Black-Jew Dialogues

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm


Free and open to the public

The Black-Jew Dialogues is the cornerstone of the Dialogues on Diversity cultural awareness and diversity programming. Created to begin a new discussion about race and diversity in America, this provocative comedy models cross-generational as well as cross-cultural dialogue. The goal of Black-Jew Dialogues is to promote open, honest, and respectful conversation about our differences and move audiences to action.

“A wonderfully inventive act that deals with race in honest, practical and entertaining format.”
John Young, Fanshawe College, Ontario, Canada

This extraordinary two-actor play explores the absurdity of prejudice and racism and the power of diversity. The program combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, multi-media, puppets, a game show, and a post show discussion. This mixture of media, theater, and dialogue creates a show that has gained praise from universities, high schools, synagogues, and theatres across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

mabelWithin the context of two students working on a class project about cross-cultural dialogue, the performers take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride. The characters themselves, a traditional student and adult student, represent a sample of the types of diversity present today. The resulting discussion challenges both baby boomers and millennials to critically examine the world around them in order to understand the true nature of diversity and how it has evolved in the 21st Century.

The performance gives insight into the true nature of prejudice and how our inability to face our own biases separates us in ways that we may not even consider. Furthermore, within the context of the show, the two performers also model a healthy dialogue, especially during moments of contention and disagreement.puppet_bbb

“Brave theatre that opens people up to the possibility of change.”
John H. Houchin, Boston College, Chair, Theatre Department

The Black-Jew Dialogues is both a highly successful stand-alone program, and an excellent jumping off point for other Dialogue On Diversity programs. These diversity trainings and workshops have been highly praised by academic, business, and religious institutions. (See Praise for DOD (

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