Six F&M students have been selected as JEWISH ENGAGEMENT FELLOWS for the 2019-2020 year. As Jewish engagement fellows, they will meet with their peers, getting to know them and their interests, and they will plan both social and educational programs with a Jewish twist! Their efforts help connect F&M students with the awesome things happening at Hillel.
In their applications, all our students were asked, "If your personality was a Jewish holiday, which holiday would it be and why?" Here are their answers!
Kyra Lisse '22
Hometown: Fort Washington, Pa.
"If I were any holiday, I would be Chanukah. I know that's trite, but hear me out: I am giving, family-oriented, and I possess the drive and stamina to last me, say, eight whole nights. I tend to think of myself as one who goes out of her way to celebrate and appreciate life's many miracles, both big and small."
Jake Rauchberg '20
Hometown: Mendham, N.J.
"Tu Bishvat -- as an environmental studies major, I think it's only right that my personality is mirrored by a fun holiday that celebrates trees and awareness of our natural environment."
Nicole Olarsch '21
Hometown: New Paltz, N.Y.
"Purim, because my personality is festive, but I can also be serious when necessary. I also like Purim as a holiday, because Esther played a significant part in saving the Jews, and I am a very strong advocate for women's rights."
Shira Gould '20
Hometown: Rockville, Md.
"My personality mirrors Purim because I am generally happy and optimistic, and I love to make people laugh when I can."
Elena Robustelli '21
Hometown: Chappaqua, N.Y.
"If I were a Jewish holiday, I think I'd be Simchat Torah. This holiday embodies so much of who I am as a person. Simchat Torah directly relates to a dichotomy I noticed within myself. I was once caught between being a social butterfly or being an insightful scholar, and, admittedly, I found myself on both sides of the spectrum at different times in high school. I think, especially because I am a young woman, I was never taught that I had the power to be a multifaceted being; I had to learn that on my own and struggled with my sense of self for a long time as a result. Luckily, Simchat Torah shows us that we can be more than one thing, and -- even more -- that being fun and being smart are not two mutually exclusive entities. Striking that balance has made all the difference in my life."
Lezah Richardson '20
Hometown: Sedona, Ariz.
"My holiday would be Hanukkah, because it involves a lot of lights and festivities, and I'm always outgoing and love to socialize with friends and family!"
Photos: Kyra Lisse '22, Jake Rauchberg '20, Nicole Olarsch '21, Shira Gould '20, Elena Robustelli '21, and Lezah Richardson '20