Op-Ed: Tree of Life: Cultivating seeds of unity through art and action

To members of the Tufts community, “A little bit of light chases away a lot of darkness.” No one should have to fear as they pray or to celebrate that their lives or the lives of their loved ones could be taken in a vicious assault on their identities. The attack by an antisemitic man […]


J Street U Tufts petitions to include Palestinian speaker on Birthright trip

The Tufts chapter of J Street U began circulating a petition on Oct. 18 that calls for the inclusion of Palestinian speakers on Tufts Hillel’s Birthright Israel trips. At press time, the petition had garnered 255 signatures, 192 of which were provided by students who indicated that they were eligible to go on a Birthright trip. The […]


Tufts’ Jewish community grapples with anti-Semitism at Tree of Life memorial service

Mourners poured into the Granoff Family Hillel Center Monday to remember the lives of the 11 Jews murdered during Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. The attack was the deadliest single targeted act of anti-Semitism ever committed on American soil, according to the Anti-Defamation League, and of a […]


Inaugural ‘Two States Week’ continues campus discussion on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Tufts Students for Two States (TS4TS) hosted the inaugural Two States Week: A Series to Promote Peace last week, which provided an open space to learn and discuss the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to the Tufts Hillel website. TS4TS is a coalition between Friends of Israel (FOI), J Street U and Tufts Hillel, […]


Students for Justice in Palestine hosts annual ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’

Throughout this week, the Tufts chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a national student-led solidarity movement advocating for Palestinian rights, has held a series of events in their annual “Israeli Apartheid Week.” “Tufts SJP holds Israeli Apartheid week as part of an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid system […]


Tufts Jewish Voice for Peace tables for a boycott of Birthright trips

Tufts Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) tabled in Mayer Campus Center on March 28 encouraging Jewish students not to go on Birthright trips to Israel, according to Tufts JVP member Hannah Nahar. The Facebook event was titled “Return the Birthright: Teach-Out and Tabling.” The tabling is part of the JVP national organization’s #ReturnTheBirthright campaign. Nahar described the goals […]


Former Tufts Hillel president Harry Weissman speaks on ‘anti-occupation’ movement IfNotNow

Harry Weissman (LA ’17) was the former president of Tufts Hillel and is currently an active member of IfNotNow, a national movement “to end American Jewish support for the occupation.” IfNotNow has organized several demonstrations in Boston over the past year, such as an anti-Semitism vigil in August, a rally calling for the release of […]


Events on the Hill — Week of March 26

MONDAY “Civic Life Lunch — Against Invisibility: Chinese America, History, and the Family Album” Details: Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University Robert Lee will discuss Against Invisibility, a digital project that explores Chinese Americans’ use of photography to investigate narratives of belonging and nationality in this event hosted by the Jonathan M. Tisch […]


Rabbi Jeffrey Summit reflects on nearly four decades as Tufts Hillel executive director

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit is the outgoing Jewish chaplain and Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel, as well as a research professor in the music department and Judaic Studies program. During his 39 years at Tufts, in addition to leading Tufts Hillel, he has published monographs on the role of music in Jewish identity and […]


Lesley Sachs discusses the battle for women’s rights at the Western Wall

Lesley Sachs, executive director of Women of the Wall, an organization that advocates and organizes for the rights of women to pray freely at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, spoke about her organization and its movement at the Interfaith Center Wednesday night. The event was hosted by the Tufts Students for Two States coalition. The coalition is led by Tufts Hillel, also […]


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