In my role as Arts & Culture Engagement Intern, I chose to organize a program that blended art and Jewish history. I wanted to give all UVA students a chance to hear first-hand about what it was like to live through the Holocaust as a Jew. A lot of people have not had the opportunity to do so, and I believe that it is an important talk for everyone to hear. It is a very unique and rare chance that we are able to talk with a Holocaust survivor, and we should take advantage of this opportunity while we have it. It was so rewarding to see UVA students with all different backgrounds and majors to come out to this inspiring event.
-- Rachel Mayman
Class of 2018
In years past, only JLC has been present at the Leadership retreat; however, this year the Engagement Interns were invited, as well. During the weekend, the two groups talked about how the members can work together to support each other and build a greater sense of Jewish community.
I am one of seven Engagement Interns. The role of an Engagement Intern is to create and enhance programs on Grounds for Jewish students that ultimately connect them to the Jewish community in a way that is personally meaningful. The interns are broken up into four smaller groups to target specific communities: Greek Life, Arts and Culture, Social Justice, and Birthright. As one of the Birthright Interns, I help with Birthright recruitment this winter and plan follow-up programs that further connection following the trip to Israel.
The retreat was an opportunity for brainstorming programs for the school year. It was a valuable experience for me to learn more about my position and expectations. It was also a chance to outline goals for engaging students in Jewish life on grounds. I am excited to begin my role as an Engagement Intern and get to know more Jewish students at UVa. I also cannot wait to have a hand in planning a fantastic Birthright trip to Israel this winter!
-- Jordan Fingerhut
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 1,000 Jewish students on Grounds.