Hola Hillel is a sub-group of the University of Miami Hillel that focuses on supporting Jewish Latin-American life on campus. Our goal is to unite and welcome undergraduate Jewish Latin-American students at UM and help transition incoming students, who often come from families with strong Jewish values that unfortunately do not translate into the American Jewish culture they encounter at school. Through social activities, leadership seminars and pro-Israel events, we hope to promote Jewish continuity and values in our school community, in order to create an inviting home away from home.
Many students come from very tightly-knit Jewish communities in their respective Latin-American hometowns. However, when they arrive at an American college, they commonly find that the Jewish communities in the States are more dispersed and not as integrated. Through Hola Hillel at UM, we hope to create an environment where students can celebrate their strong pro-Israel and Jewish traditional values in a familiar way with their peers.
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