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Hillel leadership seminar opens in Russia, Ukraine

Hillel activists from across the former Soviet Union are meeting this week for leadership training.

Roughly 400 activists and organizers from 27 Hillel centers are meeting to discuss fundraising, public relations, and how to attract new students to Hillel programs.

Hillel in the former Soviet Union is not a campus-based organization, but serves any young Jewish adult. Some activists in the region question whether a new campaign to beef up activity on college campuses will be successful.

In addition to these in-house matters, there will be classes on Israel-Diaspora relations, the challenge of intermarriage, and other issues of contemporary Jewish life.

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