Hilleluyah! Hillel-Israel awards to be handed out

International campus Jewish outreach group is holding gala event in Tel Aviv where it will honor "contributions to Israeli society through Jewish renewal."

June 20, 2011 03:31
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HILLEL STUDENTS from Baruch College march in New York’s Salute to Israel Parade. ‘I see Hillel as a

hillel baruch college. (photo credit: Courtesy: Hillel)

The International campus Jewish outreach group “Hillel” is holding a gala event in Tel Aviv on Monday night, where the organization said it will give out awards for “contribution to Israeli society through Jewish renewal” and outline Hillel’s goals for the coming years in Israel.

Hillel-Israel says the event, titled “Hilleluyah” and scheduled to be held at Hangar 11 at the port at 7 p.m., will highlight the organization’s launch of a number of projects in Israel, which it says are focused on the issue of Jewish- Israeli identity for young people in Israel and the Diaspora.

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Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, known for its activities at more than 550 branches at universities and colleges across the world, said the awards given out at the event, which will include a performance by Israeli singer Idan Reichel, are meant to recognize those who “work in public service or in the business world, and have contributed to the Israeli society in the field of Jewish renewal.”

Hillel-Israel said the event will host around 80 Jewish student leaders and Hillel employees from the US. The organization is well-known in the US for its Jewish-outreach efforts located at post-secondary institutions across the country.

The group announced the first two award winners as Hillel Milo, co-director of the AquAgro Capital Risk Fund, and Tel Aviv University MA student Lynne Brill.

Milo, whose capital risk fund specializes in clean-tech, founded an organization in 2003 called Zehut Le’Chaim in memory of his nephew, Maj. Nadav Milo, who died while serving in Lebanon.

Lynne Brill, a 27-year-old security studies MA student at TAU, was unanimously chosen by Hillel-Israel’s Students and Youngsters Location Committee to coordinate the “Circle of Giving” project, which is today operating in three Hillel branches in Israel.

According to Hillel-Israel, the project “conducts significant activities, combining the study of Jewish sources and community volunteering.

The organization said the award “represents Hillel- Israel’s intention to encourage the molding of a vibrant and relevant Jewish identity for many students and youngsters and nurture a young leadership that upholds values of social involvement and mutual responsibility.”

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