Judah’s story

Judah’s story

“We have one of the strongest Modern Orthodox communities on any college campus across North America, and that’s one of the reasons I chose this school.”Hillel really helps me facilitate my Jewish life while I’m away from home. I take advantage of the opportunities...

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Daniela’s story

Daniela’s story

“Hillel is a place where I can be Jewish however I want to be . . . and have different Jewish experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise.”Hillel funds a lot of different projects — from religious ones to performance groups to groups that help with social justice...

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Sam’s story

Sam’s story

“The biggest excuse that young professionals make is that we’re so busy – in our careers, in our dating life. I think people who want to make time for things make time for things. If you show them it’s a really worthy endeavor, they’ll find time for anything.”I grew...

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Pamela and Sophie’s stories

Pamela and Sophie’s stories

“I think part of me is doing it for me, for the kid I was. I wish I had this as a kid.” – Pam“Having anxiety made me a better listener. When people spoke to me, I realized all the things I hated. Like, don’t tell me to relax. I never say that to anyone.” –...

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Nava’s story

Nava’s story

“No community better showcases the unlimited potential that diversity can produce than the New York Jewish community.”Jewish communities have shaped my identity and given me a meaningful backdrop to my everyday life. I also believe that being part of the...

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Mary’s story

Mary’s story

“We live here, and we breathe this air. Hesed keeps us alive now.”My husband, Leonid, and I had to flee our home in Lugansk, a city in eastern Ukraine, when shrapnel landed in our garden a few years ago. Lugansk was right in the middle of the battle between Ukraine...

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Avery and Annie’s story

Avery and Annie’s story

“We’re grateful that we can participate as part of a community to teach our children the important things in life. It’s a blessing to be able to continue what our parents did before us.”Annie and I wanted to be part of Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists because it’s...

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Jose’s story

Jose’s story

“On 9/11… the tragedy seemed so familiar. I thought, ‘I already went through this. I lived it twice.’” I was born in Poland at the beginning of World War II. As a young boy, I lived in a ghetto and a work camp with my parents, and later I went to a concentration camp....

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Mayer’s story

Mayer’s story

“When I was young, I was in the Satu Mare Ghetto and Auschwitz. Now I’m 91. Who would imagine that my wife and I would still be dancing and schmoozing with friends?” I was born in Romania. My family and I lived in the Satu Mare Ghetto until it was liquidated and we...

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CC’s story

CC’s story

“During the darkest time of my life, I felt helpless, worthless, and that things would never get better. Now I know there’s hope.” I took in my mom for many years. You never know as a caretaker how that can affect you. I was up all night...

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