Hillel International has granted Madison Hillel a “2020 Award” for its campus-wide campaign to register and inform voters prior to the presidential election.
The 2020 Award is for campus Hillels that created outstanding programs since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to support students, according to Hillel International. Along with Madison Hillel, the other two honorees were Boston University Hillel and a shared Hillel of several New York City schools, including Pace and Fordham universities.
Hillel International honored Madison Hillel’s work because of their innovative programming during the pandemic and election, according to a news release. Twelve Madison Hillel interns, both Jewish and not, organized debate watch parties, facilitated a policy conversation with College Democrats and College Republicans, and created and distributed t-shirts, door hangers and fliers with critical voter information. Madison Hillel sent out more than 16,000 texts, distributed 1,000 door hangers, and registered 50 new voters. The Hillel building served as a certified registration and polling site.