The Shmooze

Hillel Shows Us Best Way to Waste 18 Minutes

By Anne Cohen

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Happy 90th, Hillel!

The venerable organization may have started in 1923, but they’re saving the party to coincide with the end of the first school year, “more like a graduation anniversary.”

To kick-off the festivities in style, Hillel has launched a (surprisingly fun) website guaranteed to keep you from whatever immediate task you’re meant to be getting done. There’s a “How Jew Are You?” quiz — Golda Meir, Natalie Portman, Albert Einstein are all possibilities — a guess the beard game (Hillel himself should win a prize for his), and memes. Lots of memes.

The site also gives current and former students the chance to send in stories on how Hillel shaped their college experience, a series of e-cards to spread the birthday cheer (“Grumpy Katz” sends his love), and an impressive collection of archival photos sprinkled through a detailed timeline of the organization’s long history.

If you like what you see, you can even “slip a little cash in the birthday envelope,” (ie. donate), ultimately the point of this elaborate production. But hey, at least they make it fun.

Enjoy!


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