As Winter starts turning into Spring, we at F&M Hillel feel fortunate that the weather was kinder to us than it has been in the past. We can only hope that it has treated you just as well.
In this Newsletter we ask a parent how F&M Hillel has impacted her student, we discuss Taglit-Birthright Israel, and we cover one of our main events of each semester “Best Study Break Ever”.
F&M Hillel provides meaningful, Jewish experiences for our students. In past newsletters, we have asked our students what they have acquired from their Hillel involvement. For this newsletter, we wanted to know how a parent felt.
When we asked Susanne Marder, a parent of one of our students, how she feels F&M Hillel has impacted her child, she was thrilled to give an answer:
“F&M may be a small school, but that doesn’t mean that a Jewish kid has to feel like a small minority. Hillel’s presence on the F&M campus has made a big impact on our son’s college experience. Hillel is a place and a space where our son can connect to other Jewish kids, feel comfortable in his Judaism – and always find a good dinner on Shabbat.
Not feeling alone on the holidays, or alone as a minority is important. F&M Hillel has provided an important home away from home. Sharing a Shabbat dinner, observing the holidays or connecting spiritually – not to mention throwing around a Yiddish phrase that everyone knows, has been an important and grounding experience for Jeff. As his parents, we couldn’t be more thrilled that Jeff participates in Jewish life and Jewish experiences. Jeff has enhanced his college experience by participating in Hillel – he has gained leadership experience by taking on a Board position as well as community service experience with Hillel’s commitment to service. Spirituality, Jewish Engagement, Jewish Connection! We cannot say enough about his experience with a Hillel sponsored Birthright trip to Israel. Hillel on the F&M campus was one big reason we supported our son’s decision to attend F&M and we have never regretted that decision.”
- Susanne Marder, Parent
Every year, F&M Hillel sends a group of students to Israel with Taglit-Birthright Israel. Over the years, F&M has sent over 100 students on a 10-day trip to Israel…for free. This summer, F&M Hillel is slated to send 15 students on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Last semester, I was able to get 22 students to apply,” Jordan Stutz, F&M Hillel’s Jewish Life Coordinator said. “This semester, my goal is 30. That would be more applicant’s than any semester.”
After talking to students at F&M about their experiences on Birthright, it was apparent how amazing the trip really is.
"I had no idea how important a trip with Birthright would be for me, and looking back, I am so glad that I decided to go.”
-Max Holtz/Winter 2012
"Going to Israel with a group of my peers was amazing. Getting to see the sites I grew up learning about was an experience I wouldn't take back for the world!"
-Chloe Stein/Winter 2012
"Birthright is a must do because Israel is a must see!"
-Laurel Haitoff/Winter 2012
"To me, Birthright was more than just a trip. Besides being one of the highlights of my 20 years, it also unintentionally helped me cement my Jewish identity and place within the religion!"
-Bryce Loebel/Winter 2012
Registration for the Summer 2013 Birthright trip went live on Wednesday, February 13th at 10am EST. Students should head on over to www.freeisraeltrip.org to register or contact Jordan Stutz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Finals week at F&M can be a very stressful time for students. At F&M Hillel, we wanted to give students an opportunity to de-stress, relax, and have fun! So Dean Taber and Jordan Stutz sat down to figure out what they could do and “Best Study Break Ever” (BSBE) was born.
BSBE started in the Fall of 2011 and now, almost two years later, BSBE has become a student favorite at F&M.
“Hillel's ‘Best Study Break Ever’ is a genius idea that brings all types of students to Hillel. It has become a semi-annual tradition and a highly anticipated event on campus. BSBE provides a wide variety of delicious Kosher treats (French fries, Pizza Bagels, and gushers just to name a few), they also offer healthy alternatives such as fruit, gluten free options, and cereal. Not only is the food great, but the Klehr Center also provides a comfortable environment where students can relax and escape the stress of finals. I can't think of a better way to unwind!"
– Laura Moorstein ‘13
The fourth installment of BSBE, properly named BSBE4 will be held Wednesday, May 1st at 9:00pm.
Above: Student's Enjoying BSBE