Rabbi Noga Brenner Samia, Executive Director of Hillel Israel and alumna of Hartman’s Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis, speaks with Yehuda Kurtzer about what sparked this new brand of liberal Judaism, the role of religion in the public sphere in a diverse religious ecosystem, how to negotiate the balance between the Jewish and democratic character of the state, and what it means to be a “secular rabbi?”
"One Ben-Gurion University student told me of the impact of meeting and learning with peers from the US through a course we designed at Hillel Israel, with support from the Julius Stulman Foundation. That “really opened a window for me into my own Jewish-Israeli identity…the texts, content and discussions gave us an opportunity to think, speak, listen, learn from and learn about Jews who are different than us and about ourselves.”
Noga on Galatz Radio
As part of the podcast, "Am Yisrael LIVE - Bridge Between Israel and the Diaspora." Included in this episode, Noga Brenner Samia, discusses the specific challenges of Hillels in Israel during Covid (in Hebrew).
"We set out to create something bold, an international ‘mifgash’ program – a joint cohort of Israeli students from Bar-Ilan University and American students from Rutgers University to learn together, exchange ideas and get to know one another,” said Noga Brenner Samia, Executive Director of Hillel Israel."
From Stalinist Oppression to a Jewish Renaissance in the FSU
December 25, 2020
Times of Israel
It is only when we recall the horrors of the Soviet regime that we can best appreciate the great challenges and successes of the Hillel International movement and Rabbi Goldman’s seminal role in revitalizing the Jewish heritage of students in the Former Soviet Union.
Fiddler on the Israeli Roof
by Barbara Sofer
January 16, 2020
Jerusalem Post Magazine
Food for thought on Beit Hillel Theater Workshop's production and what it means to see the show when you grow up in Israel.
Shabbat Dinner with Kamala and Doug
by Yosef Abramowitz
August 13, 2020
Times of Israel Blog
Hillel Israel BOD member, Yosef Abramowitz, shares his shabbat dinner with VP Kamala and Doug Harris.
We Need to Spice Up Jewish Life at Universities
by Noga Brenner Samia
October 14, 2020
Students will likely encounter a narrow range of possibilities for Jewish life during their time on campus, predominately offered by Chabad or national-religious synagogues.
Humans of the Gaza Envelope
July 26, 2019
Yediot Ashdod, Ashkelon, Hadarom
ב26.7.2019 נכתב בידיעות אשדוד,
אשקול והדרום על הפרויקט המרגש
שקורה במרכז הלל במכללת ספיר.