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…

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