Hillels and Israel, Part II: A Widening Divide at Northeastern

BY HANNAH BERNSTEIN for newvoices.org


This is part 2 in a 3-part series about politics, identity and Jewish community on college campuses. Click here to view part 1.


When Lindsey Bressler got the first text, it was Nov. 8, 2016 — Election Day. She was watching the news with her peers at Northeastern University, crying. And while she was upset about the election, there was something else going on, too. Her friends on the local Hillel’s executive student board had just been fired from their positions and were now banned from seeking additional leadership positions with the organization for a year.

“I felt pretty surprised about the results of the general election that night,” Bressler said, who was in her fourth year of a five-year program at the time. “But with the Hillel board firings, I didn’t feel surprised at all. It just felt like it matched the mood of the night.”

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