The Gallery Night idea was started by a few of us on the Hoos for Israel board who were inspired by all the great photography that we saw coming out of UVA students’ trips to Israel. We decided that there was no better place than Hillel to feature these amazing snapshots of Israel. So, with the momentum of the large UVA Birthright trip that had just arrived back in the states, we announced the Israel Photography Contest on Facebook. The guidelines for the contest stated that each person could only submit a total of three photos under the categories of Nature, Landmarks/Cities, People, Selfies, and Food. The prizes for winners included a gift card to Basil and an Israel/UVA “swag pack” including t-shirts, cups, and other fun things.
The submissions turned out to be fantastic and the final album consisted of 65 photos. It was a great way to let people share their experiences in Israel and it definitely started some great dialogues about the sites and scenes in the photos. The gallery will be held on Friday night February 26th at Hillel at 6:30pm where the top 5 photos from each category will be voted on once again. In the end we hope to be able to hang 15 photos in Hillel and adorn our beautiful building with UVA students’ memories of Israel, the special place many of us call our second home!
-Jennifer Sachs, Hoos for Israel President
WaJew Class of 2018
The Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia, is the focal point in a renaissance of Jewish life for the 1,800 Jewish students on Grounds.