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FREE TRIP TO ISRAEL

Registration opens next week for Taglit-Birthright Israel, a free, 10-day Israel experience trip. Click here for full details!

Registration for Winter 2012/2013 trips will open on September 10th at 9 a.m. Pacific for past applicants.

Registration for Winter 2012/2013 trips will open on September 12th at 7 a.m. Pacific for new applicants.

Do not miss this life-changing opportunity.

A home for the Holy Days

In addition to a range of events organized by Hillel, we are pleased to connect you with synagogues and families to celebrate the High Holy Days. If you are new to town (or even if you are not!), we can find the right synagogue for you and, if you would like, a family to share the meals.

To connect with your High Holy Days home, contact your program director at SFU, UVic or UBC.

Dr. Daniel Gordis, Gala Keynote Speaker

Vancouver Hillel is proud to announce that Dr. Daniel Gordis will present the keynote address at the annual Vancouver Hillel Gala Celebration, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. 

Dr. Daniel Gordis is senior vice-president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. A recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis’s just-released book The Promise of Israel: Why its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually its Greatest Strength, is a provocative rejoined to Israel’s harshest critics.

Professor Alan Dershowitz calls Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.”

Jeffrey Goldberg, of The Atlantic, says “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”

Leonard Fein, Co-founder and editor emeritus of Moment Magazine; Founder of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, calls Daniel Gordis “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.”

For tickets, please call 604-224-4748. (Students, speak to your program director ASAP to attend.)

 

Hear Elie Wiesel

Hillel students have the extraordinary opportunity to hear the Nobel Prize-winning author and humanitarian Elie Wiesel this month.

Nobel Laureate and Boston University Prof. Elie Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.

For nearly 60 years, Prof. Wiesel’s message has been both simple and powerful: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, a Romanian town that the Nazis turned over to Hungary from 1940 to1945. He was 15 when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished there. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in 1945.

After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and eventually became a journalist in that city. During an interview with the French writer François Mauriac, he was persuaded to end his silence about the death camps. Published in the mid 1950s, his memoir Night has been translated into more than 30 languages and millions of copies have been sold.

Wiesel’s more than 50 books have won numerous awards, including Prix Médicis for A Beggar in Jerusalem, the Prix Livre Inter for The Testament and the Grand Prize for Literature from the City of Paris for The Fifth Son. His latest book is Hostage (August 2012), published by Knopf.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter appointed Wiesel chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust; and in 1980, Wiesel became the founding chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. In 1986, Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and soon after, he and his wife Marion established the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity with a mission to fight indifference, injustice and intolerance around the world.

Wiesel has served as distinguished professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York (1972-1976), and the Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in the Humanities and Social Thought at Yale University (1982-1983). Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he is also a faculty member in the departments of religion and philosophy. In 2002, Boston University created the Elie Wiesel Center of Jewish Studies in his honor.

Prof. Wiesel will be presented with an honorary degree by the University of British Columbia on Monday, September 10, 2012, and will speak at the opening event of the Federation Annual Campaign. If you would like to experience this unforgettable opportunity, contact your program director right away.