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Insights & Action in the Wake of Charlottesville is a Course

Insights & Action in the Wake of Charlottesville

Ended Aug 30, 2017

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One-time, online, 60 minute session

Deadline to Register: Aug. 30

Full Description:

Join Jake Rubin, Executive Director at the Brody Jewish Center - Hillel at the University of Virginia, and Yavilah McCoy, educator, activist and diversity practitioner, for a discussion on insights gleaned and questions raised following the events in Charlottesville that will be moderated by Sheila Katz, VP of Student Engagement and Leadership at Hillel International. Together we will explore questions like, what does it mean to hold white privilege and experience anti-Semitism for white Jewish students? How might this differ for Jews of color and other intersectional identities? How have the recent events impacted and informed the work at Hillel at UVA? Walk away with ideas and best practices to kick-off the academic year with an inclusive and intersectional lens. 


This session is open to all Hillel professionals, as well as members of Hillel International’s Board of Directors, Investors Council, and Hillel U Board of Advisors.

Course Meets:

  • Wednesday, August 30, 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST / 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Instructor Bios:
Jake Rubin, originally from Richmond,  holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. In 2009, he received his Rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), from which he also graduated with a Master's of Arts in Hebrew Letters. While a student at RRC, Jake served as the Jewish Student Advisor at Swarthmore College, an affiliate of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. He also worked as a chaplain for Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and as an educator and student Rabbi for a number of congregations during his time at RRC. Prior to rabbinical school, Jake was a fellow for PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. Jake has joined our community along with his wife Lindsay and their children Sophie, Jonah, and Caleb.

Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of the international diversity consulting group, VISIONS Inc. in Boston. She is an educator, activist and diversity practitioner who has worked extensively within multi-faith communities to increase racial justice and expand equity and inclusion. As an African-American Jew, Yavilah utilizes her diverse history, talent and experience to expand awareness of the many ways that “service” can incorporate depth, dimension, variety, and passion. 


Sheila Katz was named as one of five women to watch by Craigslist Founder, Craig Newmark. She is an expert in facilitating reflective conversations and creating multi-channel technology campaigns that lead to in person action. Sheila was Hillel International's first Vice President for Social Entrepreneurship, working to engage Jewish students on the periphery of Jewish life and now serves as the Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership. Previously, Sheila co-Founded Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. Sheila has served on multiple White House Committees under the Obama administration focused on higher education and women’s rights. She has a B.A. in Politics from Ithaca College and a M.S. in teaching from Pace University. Sheila is a proud alumna of the Wexner Field Fellowship, the Shalom Hartman Institute Campus Fellowship and Teach for America.


Participation in all Hillel U offerings should be agreed upon by the participant and their supervisor (unless the participant is a director)

Questions? Please contact HillelU@hillel.org

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