SF Hillel and Its SF State Students Create Community in a COVID-19 World

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED -- Ocean Noah, a rising senior at San Francisco State and student president of SF Hillel, who is biracial, said she’s found support through a Hillel Facebook group for Jews of color. Noah said she took a break from social media, as protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police felt overwhelming. She was happy to see SF Hillel, which she said is one of the most progressive in the Hillel network, showing “serious solidarity and awareness” with the Black community when she returned to social media.

“My local Hillel has been doing a really good job of acknowledging as white Jews their role in racism, either by not speaking or not acting to change it,” Noah said. “The other chapters can definitely do more work on that front. … There’s a lot of arguing about racism and denying that it exists, which is very hard to see and work with.”