S HILLELUYAH: Chapters of Hillel from post-secondary schools throughout Israel met on Monday in Tel Aviv to celebrate the group's activities and honor those who have worked to enrich Jewish values and cultural identity on college campuses. The evening's award recipients were Rabbi Yossi Goldman, for 25 years of service to the organization; businessman Hillel Milo, for co-creating Kolot, a pluralist forum for the study of Jewish texts; and Tel Aviv University student Lynne Brill, for initiating Circle of Giving, a support system for children of families stricken by cancer. "We wanted to work with several organizations," said Brill. "But they thought it wasn't worthwhile, it wasn't sexy enough - it's not the sick people themselves, it's their children." Brill's own mother suffered from cancer, so she knew first-hand what a difference extra support can make. "Hillel was the only group willing to work with us," she said. "They taught me how to do this." (David Sheen ) S LAST POEM HOME: Journalist Dan Savery Raz, who co-wrote the Israel and the Palestinian Territories volume of the popular "Lonely Planet" travel guide series, has edited "The Last Stanza: an Anthology of Poems from Tel Aviv," all proceeds of which will benefit the African Refugee Development Center, a NGO based in South Tel Aviv. Savery Raz pointed to the book's Hebrew title, HaBeit Acharon, or "last house." "For thousands of refugees and asylum seekers, Israel and the ARDC really is their last point of hope," said Savery Raz, who moved to israel from the U.K. in 2008. Poets featured include Dara Barnat, Sabine Huynh and Michal Pirani, plus photos by Nitzan Hafner. "Topics range from seeking refuge, traveling in Africa, war, love, meditations on existence, being Jewish at Christmas, Internet banking, waking up drunk on a riverside and more," read a statement released by StanzAviv, the collective of writers that published the volume. "The Last Stanza" costs NIS 63 NIS and can be ordered online at www.shop.danscribe.com. For more information write to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Raphael Ahren ) S FESTIVAL OF HEALTH: A few months after Shira Dinur - who moved from Los Angeles to Israel in 1991 - succumbed to pulmonary hypertension at age 26, her friends are staging "Yarid Shira," a sort of street festival with health and body workshops, raffles, information booths, and a children's carnival various games and activities. Staged in collaboration with the PH Israel Association and the Ra'anana municipality, Yarid Shira aims to bring awareness about the deadly disease and to raise money for PH patients, according to Sarah Adam, who co-organized the event. "Yarid Shira will incorporate various vendors who will donate at least 25 percent of their proceeds to the Israel PH Association," she said. The event will take place July 1 in the Ra'anana Park, between 9:00 and 14:00. For more information visit www.yaridshira.com. (Raphael Ahren )
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