JLC participates in UPC Springfest
Every year, the University Programs Council (UPC) hosts a ginormous event called Springfest in which there is food, music, and games. This year, UPC invited different student organizations to have a booth in which to interact and engage with students attending Springfest. JLC decided to teach and share an old Jewish tradition, the one in which you carry a note in each pocket; one saying "I am but dust and ashes", the other saying "The world was created for me". We explained that this idea promotes keeping balance in life and reminding yourself to be humble at times, and proud during others. JLC had blank wooden disks and sharpies for people to write something on each side, to remind you to stay balanced. JLC shared this tradition with several hundred UVa students, and they loved this project and got really creative with it. Students wrote things like, "I am great at so many things ... But I have a lot to learn", "Stay patient ... Stay ambitious", and even "Lemons ... Lemonade". It was so fun to see how people interpreted this old Jewish tradition into their modern lives.
JLC participates in Day of Smiles
Every year, the ANGELS Society (a secret society on Grounds) invites different organizations to participate in Day of Smiles; to do something that will somehow spread joy throughout UVa as finals season is approaching and people are becoming more stressed every day. This year, JLC purchased 250+ fun little toys and gave them out throughout the day on South Lawn, where many students pass throughout the day to get to and from classes. Every student that took a toy visibly smiled and was truly excited by a small toy that brought them back to their childhood. It was truly a fun way to lift the spirits of UVa students, leaving everyone involved smiling.
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.