For the second year in a row, the Tikkun Olam Committee participated in Habitat for Humanity's "Rake-a-Thon" to raise money for the organization. More than 25 students- TOC's biggest team yet- gathered together one Saturday morning to form the JLC team! Students spent the day raking (and playing in) leaves while getting to know one another. It was so much fun to watch students meet new people and spend the day listening to music and doing something good for their community together.
Every year Habitat for Humanity awards a "Golden Rake" to the team with the most participants. Co-Tikkun Olam Intern Chloe Suzman ('21) is determined to gather an even bigger team next year to make sure TOC wins the coveted Golden Rake!
Mixin' It Up
Fourth Year Seminar is designed to engage current Fourth year students in meaningful conversations about how to incorporate Judaism into their post-grad lives. Staff and students discuss topics such as where to find a Jewish community, battling loneliness after college, maintaining self care practices, finding love, establishing values, how to negotiate in careers, and much more.
This year's Fourth Year Seminar kicked off with a Jewish Mixology Course using Jewish culture-inspired recipes by Jeffrey Yoskowitz of The Gefilteria. They were such a hit, we thought you'd like to give them a try!
Seeded Rye Cocktail:
1 oz whiskey
1 oz caraway syrup
1 squeeze of lemon juice
lemon twist for garnish
(For the syrup)
In a non-stick pan, toast the caraway seeds over medium heat, stirring often, until brown and fragrant, but not burnt. In a small pan or bowl, stir together the boiling water and the sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour in the toasted caraway seeds. Stir and let steep until cool. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out the seeds, reserving the syrup. Store in fridge.
Place all ingredients except the lemon twist in a rocks glass. Add 1 ice cube and stir, garnishing with lemon twist.
Celery Collins Cocktail
2 oz gin
1 oz celery syrup
5 oz seltzer
(For the syrup)
Stir together boiling water and the sugar until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Add the seeds, stir, cover, and let steep until cool. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer, Pour into a jar and store in the fridge.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices, reserving one for garnish. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in the gin, syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously until cold. Pour into a glass with ice and top with seltzer, garnish with cucumber.
Sheryl grew up with a strong Jewish foundation, from Hebrew school to high school youth groups, so it was only natural that Hillel at UVA became a large part of her college life.
After getting involved through family friend Daniel Novick (JLC President 2011-2012), Sheryl was an active member of the Hillel at UVA community and even served as the Jewish Leadership Council President from 2014-15.
When asked about the most meaningful experience she had with Hillel at UVA, Sheryl talked about the annual tradition of Shabbat 300. What she loved most about the event was how great it was to organize an event of this scale with other Jewish organizations at UVA. To her, it was a great community effort that she was happy to be involved with over het four years in Charlottesville.
Sheryl's favorite memory of UVA is a full story, and a really great one.
Sheryl met Ben Edgar in a friend's dorm as a first year. When being introduced, their friends mentioned that they were both Jewish, to which Sheryl replied- "My mom would approve of us getting married."
"I proceeded to ask him if he wanted to come with me to Hillel, and he had no idea what it was."
That's where they had their first exchange of numbers. They took a bus to the BJC and the rest was history.
A few years later, Ben planned a surprise proposal in Charlottesville that ended with an engagement party- at the Brody Jewish Center - with some of their closest friends. Their wedding weekend also included a rehearsal dinner in the BJC social hall.
"Hillel has been pretty important in our relationship every step of the way."
Sheryl and Ben live in Arlington with their dog Pumpkin.
Sheryl says that even now she is pretty active in terms of Jewish life, whether that be hosting or attending One Table Shabbat dinners, Moishe House programs, or even events and services at congregations around the area.
We asked Sheryl to share with us something she is proud of. At the end of October this year she completed the Marine Corps Marathon! She never considered herself very athletic, but a few years back some friends encouraged her to start running, and now she's here!
"It was lots of training and I really committed to it and i'm genuinely proud of myself!"
We are grateful to have an alumna like Sheryl in our community who frequently supports our fundraising campaigns, programs, and alumni events!
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.