When I was a student at UVA, Hillel helped me out so much. From helping me find a spiritual community on grounds, to free meals with Shabbat dinners and bagels on the lawn, and even letting me use the building as a location for tutoring students! Jake even let me have my engagement party there after I proposed to my fiance this past August. For all of these reasons and many more, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Brody Jewish Center and will continue to give back to the organization that helped me so much as a student.
I give monthly to Hillel for many reasons. First off, it's a lot easier for me to give a little steadily throughout the year than to give a large sum of money once a year. I can plan giving into my budget so that it doesn't take a large chunk out of my bank account once a year. I also know that organizations like Hillel love to have monthly donations because it helps them plan their activities knowing they will have a steady stream of revenue coming in. Think of it like would you rather have a paycheck you get twice a month, or have a much smaller chance of getting a larger sum of money? I know I would rather have the steady paycheck for peace of mind!
I hope reading this helped you see why I give to Hillel and has inspired you to give back too!
- Ben Edgar '15
The Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at the University of Virginia, is the focal point in a renaissance of Jewish life for the 1,000 Jewish students on Grounds.