Huskies for Israel in the News
Check out this Op-Ed in Times of Israel about pro-Israel activities at Northeastern University by former HFI President, Noah Goldstein:
A Positive Outlook at Northeastern
It is not often that one gets to hear from six members of Israel’s Knesset at one time (at certain moments it was literally all six at the same time), albeit in an American university setting.
Last week, we were privileged to host six members of Knesset from five different parties, thanks to The Ruderman Family Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Northeastern University, for a town hall style event at Northeastern University. Presenting views from the far left to the far right, this event was a great example of offering something for everyone. Presenting the true diversity of Israel, we are fortunate to have been able to host such an important event on the Northeastern campus.
While the event with the members of Knesset was a historic event at Northeastern, it is just one of countless events recently at Northeastern that gives me both hope for the future of the Jewish State and hope for the future of the Pro-Israel movement on America’s college campuses.
Earlier this year, we were privileged to host Israel’s new Consul General to New England, Yehudah Yaakov, for his first public address since taking office. Consul General Yaakov spoke about making cyber security cooperation between our two countries a top priority. Yaakov’s address was tailored towards the many college students who came from all over Massachusetts to attend this important event.
In addition to our larger public events, many informal events have been held by our campus pro- Israel group, Huskies for Israel. From a live cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Gil Hovav, to a lecture by a world renowned human-rights activist and winner of UN Watch’s Freedom Award, Simon Deng, to an Israeli food festival on a main campus quad, we have a plethora of opportunities to engage with students of all backgrounds around Israel.
Equally as exciting is the fact that more Northeastern students are traveling to Israel than ever before. This past year, more than 200 Northeastern students spent time in Israel on programs like Birthright, alternative spring break trips, and summer internships. Northeastern University is known for its distinctive cooperative educational approach, integrating classroom study with real world experiences known as co-ops. Students alternate classroom studies with full-time work in career related jobs for six months. Now more than ever, student interest is growing and Northeastern is increasing co-op opportunities in Israel
Not only have recent events at Northeastern showcased the great politics and culture of Israeli society, but it is more evident than ever that Northeastern is becoming a center for pro-Israel activity in the Boston area. To have so much happening on a campus with a comparatively small Jewish population is something to be proud of, and I look forward to the continued success of the collegiate pro-Israel movement here at Northeastern.
Noah Goldstein studies at Northeastern University where he is a former president of Huskies for Israel, the campus Pro-Israel organization.
Past HFI Events: Spring 2014
Town Hall Boston:
A Discussion on American Jews and Israel!
Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30pm
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, 342 Huntington Avenue, Boston
|The Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Advocate, Northeastern University, and the Israel on Campus Coalition, presents “Town Hall Boston: A Discussion on Israel and American Jews.”This event will feature the Ruderman Fellows delegation of Israeli members of Knesset, who represent the great diversity and richness of Israeli society, with political views from right to left: MK Dr. Nahman Shai (Labor), MK Dr. Shimon Ohayaon (Likud-Yisrael Beitenu), MK Shulamit Mualem Rephaeli (Habayit Hayehudi), MK Michal Rozen (Meretz), MK Itzik Shmuli (Labor), MK Shimon Solomon (Yesh Atid). Moderated by Kasey Kaufman, former news anchor and correspondent, WBZ-TV.This program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration here is required.Please note that the following items will not be permitted in Blackman Auditorium: coats, backpacks, camera and video equipment. Coat check will be available; please arrive early (doors open at 6:45 pm).|
Israel Shabbat at Northeastern Hillel!
Friday, April 4 at 6:00 pm
70 St. Stephen Street, Northeastern University
Celebrate Israel’s 66th birthday at Hillel this Shabbat. Join us at 6:00pm for services and 7:00 pm for an Israeli dinner!
Sunday, April 6 at 6:30 pm
Boston University School of Management
Join us as we celebrate 66 years of the Jewish people’s only independent state, along with you and your fellow students’ contributions on behalf of the State of Israel. Come for dinner, live music, student leader awards, and an incredible celebration! RSVP here!
Israeli Independence Festival
Come for food, music, and fun in the Krentzman Quad to celebrate Israel’s independence! Click on this thumbnail to view a larger version of the flyer.
An Evening with the Reali School
Come to Hillel for dinner and get to know your Israeli peers from Haifa while learning more about life in Israel. Click on this thumbnail to view a larger version of the flyer.
Important Letter From the Co-Presidents of Huskies for Israel
Dear Northeastern Community,
As many of you are aware from recent news articles, a decision was announced earlier this week by the Northeastern University administration to suspend the Students for Justice in Palestine student group (SJP) through the end of 2014. We believe this was a necessary action taken by the university in enforcing the student code of conduct, and we applaud the university for taking a stand in holding students accountable for their actions, and creating an environment that sustains open dialogue.
As a bi-partisan, politically focused organization, Huskies for Israel (HFI) shares an interest a concern for Middle East issues. SJP’s recent methods of engagement, however, are based on intimidation tactics, publicity stunts and walk-outs which do not leave space for open discussion or reasoned debate.
When any student group breaks the code of conduct, it is vital that they be held accountable. To this end, SJP has a long history of repeatedly violating university rules, including disrupting Huskies for Israel events, as well as distributing flyers in a manner against university policy. Just as members of Huskies for Israel and other student organizations are held accountable to the student code of conduct, so too is SJP. Proper enforcement of the student code of conduct ensures an environment where everyone can converse and safeguards the free flow of ideas.
Huskies for Israel has not spoken to, or been consulted by, the university administration regarding their decision to sanction SJP. This was a decision made by the university after what appears to be a thorough review of the conduct of SJP and its members. We respect the university’s determination to uphold the responsibilities they have set forth for all student organizations including our own. We encourage you to write the Northeastern University administration to thank them for upholding the code of conduct for all groups and preserving a safe environment on campus.
In the interest of promoting further dialogue on the Northeastern campus, we invite you to join us next week for Israel Peace Week. Be sure to join us for the Keynote Address by Simon Deng, a world-renowned human rights activist, a Sudanese refugee and former child slave. A recipient of U.N. Watch’s Freedom Award, Mr. Deng is an outspoken advocate of Israel and has addressed the Durban Watch Conference. Please find more information about this address and the other events of Israel Peace Week on our website: www.nuisrael.org.
Max Klapholz Samara Per Noah Goldstein
Co-President Co-President Past-President
Huskies for Israel Huskies for Israel Huskies for Israel
Travel to Israel this Summer!
General NU Birthright Info session:
Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm
305 Shillman Hall
Calling all new students!
Love Israel? Want to hang out with other Pro-Israel students? Want to participate in fun events and make a difference? Join Huskies for Israel! Keep an eye out for us at the orientation summer activity fairs, and be sure to like us on the social media.