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On the Self-Study on Learning, Working, and Living

On the Self-Study on Learning, Working, and Living

You may have already seen the link to this survey, sitting at the top of the Dashboard, promising that it’ll only use up half an hour of your time. I was not expecting a survey, especially not one that was about improving our “campus climate” to be so…

Embracing Pluralism and Conflict at the Shabbat Table

Embracing Pluralism and Conflict at the Shabbat Table

This week, the Jewish student group, known formerly as (Open) Hillel, decided to change its name to reflect a more inclusive variety of viewpoints on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As a Jewish Swattie, I support this move as an active, intentional effort to reflect the diversity of opinions that…

Critical Love, or How Dissent Builds Jewish Community

Critical Love, or How Dissent Builds Jewish Community

Is Swarthmore Kehilah easy? No. Is it important? “Why am I doing this?” I ask, and ask, and ask myself. I have a midterm, or two papers, or both due. We have been meeting for hours already. It is late enough. After this Israel-Palestine Programming Committee (IPPC) meeting,…

Bringing Housing Changes into the Light

Bringing Housing Changes into the Light

In the past few weeks, Swarthmore students have heard the whisperings of housing policy changes for the upcoming…

Swarthmore Hillel Got It Right

Swarthmore Hillel Got It Right

In the many debates over Swarthmore Hillel’s changes, critics contend that the process of opening Swarthmore Hillel and…

Why One Zionist Supports the Hillel Naming Decision, and What Does that Word Mean, Anyway?

Why One Zionist Supports the Hillel Naming Decision, and What Does that Word Mean, Anyway?

Last Monday, Swarthmore Open Hillel decided to stop using the name Hillel in order to better meet the…

The Tale of a Divestment Convert

The Tale of a Divestment Convert

As a super senior, I have watched the development of Swarthmore’s fossil fuel divestment campaign from its very…

A Response to the Hillel Naming Decision

A Response to the Hillel Naming Decision

For the first time in recent memory, the Swarthmore Hillel made the right decision — it changed its…

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