in 2011 launched "Seeking Kin," his now-thrice-monthly column on people searching for long-lost relatives and friends. Hillel also writes regularly for the N.Y. Times, where his features often tackle the nexus of sports and history. Hillel served for 6 1/2 years as The Jerusalem Post's Washington bureau chief. He has earned national awards for his feature stories on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and on NBA player Omri Casspi.
April 7, 2013 6:01pm
The electrical problems of a Volvo station wagon bring together a Baltimore auto shop worker with a cousin he hasn’t seen in decades.
March 21, 2013 5:15pm
Two people who checked in with “Seeking Kin” in their searches find some answers.
March 13, 2013 9:17pm
A Spaniard whose family had a connection to a couple who fled Nazi Germany and was given shelter in a Castilian monastery wants to know what happened to the couple.
March 6, 2013 4:04pm
Recalling her childhood friendship with the girl across the street fills Rozanne Dittersdorf with immense sadness — but also deep gratitude for helping shape the former New Jerseyan’s Jewish identity.
February 24, 2013 9:09pm
Naomi Bloch of Melbourne, Australia, came to “Seeking Kin” with a search involving a twist: She hopes to find cousins who remained in the Old Country.
February 13, 2013 9:41pm
It pained Denver’s Don Jacobson to consider the relatives he’s never met, whose names he didn’t know and the family celebrations they could have been sharing all these years. So he went looking for them — and found some in Brooklyn.
February 10, 2013 7:42pm
Omri Casspi isn’t playing much these days for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he wonders why. It’s a far cry from the early fanfare for the only Israeli to make the NBA.
February 7, 2013 5:40pm
Jerusalem’s Sofia Greenberg is searching for the descendants of her grandfather’s brother, the man who more than three decades before the Nazis marched into Ukraine saved his future relatives from the pits that swallowed other family members.
January 31, 2013 6:01pm
Sonia Lifschitz believes her sister — whom her parents were told died at birth — was one of more than 1,000 infants of Sephardic origin who may have been abducted from Israeli hospitals during the 1950s.
January 13, 2013 9:18pm
Tamar Dagan of Jerusalem is hoping to find one possible relative in the U.S. to discover more about another relative — Shalom Schwartzbard, who in 1926 killed a man in what Jews of the time saw as a justifiable act of revenge.