Born Jewish or Not, You Matter

I’m a convert. I converted. I wasn’t “BORN” Jewish, whatever the heck that means. Seventh grade was a formative year for me. That year, we studied the Holocaust, propelling me to reach out to my paternal grandmother who is a survivor. Her story inspired me to find my identity through the deliberate representation of my heritage and the honoring of…

Hillel Made College Feel Like Home

I served on the board of GW Hillel as freshmen engagement chair for the 2015-2016 school year. This experience is important to me because it allowed me to be a part of and give back to a community that had done so much for me. As a homesick freshman, I turned to GW Hillel to feel closer to home and…

How Birthright Brought Me Closer to Judaism

  I went on Birthright in January 2014 with Rutgers Hillel. I grew up in a very Jewish household, went to Jewish Day School my whole life and was active in USY, Young Judaea Summer Camp. This was my 4th trip to Israel, and by far my favorite one. This trip opened my eyes to the fact that not every…

My Jewish Experiences in College

I grew up in a town where we were one of the only Jewish families. I didn’t have Jewish friends in school, and we didn’t have a synagogue in town. This meant that much of…

How Hillel Shaped My College Experience

For many, college is a meant to be a formative life experience -- and for, it was even more than that. My involvement with Hillel, particularly on Student Board, was what really shaped my college…

The Best 10 Days

Here is my "thank you" to a country that gave me an entirely new perspective. Looking back on the past 21 years of my life, there are a handful of experiences that stick out to…

My First Passover in a New Place

I recently celebrated Passover in the US for the first time ever. It was an entirely different experience for me. I had a great dinner with some of my Israeli and Jewish friends. We played…

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