Lots of great activities to introduce students to Jewish life on campus!
Did you know that at some universities Hillel offers a special freshmen orientation program for incoming Jewish students? This can be a great way to move in early and meet new friends before the semester begins! While things may look different this year because of Covid, check out a few examples of FreshFest programs planned for 2021:
If you want to stay up-to-date with fun social events on campus, Instagram is the place to go! Check out these recent events at Drexel University, Clark University, University of Alabama, Kalamazoo College, Georgia Tech, and University of Chicago. From food trucks to free pickles to charcuterie boards -- free food seems to be a common theme!!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes this a great opportunity to highlight some of the wonderful work being done on college campuses by organizations such as Active Minds, the Jed Foundation, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In addition, when the pandemic hit and mental health concerns increased, Hillel and other Jewish organizations were in a unique position to leverage their connections with college students to provide support and assistance to those who were struggling. Here are a few examples of initiatives and programs for college students launched by Jewish organizations over the past year:
There are so many innovative Jewish programs and organizations, and I hope to highlight some great opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Learn more about Challah for Hunger below, and click here to make a donation to help combat food insecurity on college campuses.
Challah for hunger on campus
Top Left: Challah for Hunger bakes bread and takes action against hunger (Ithaca College)
Top Right: Challah for Hunger: Fighting Poverty One Loaf at a Time (Vassar College)
Bottom Left: Middlebury Students Take on Food Insecurity (Middlebury College)
Bottom Right: Aggie Heroes: Challah for Hunger (UC-Davis)
After a brief career as a lawyer and a few years in higher education administration, I have been working as an independent college counselor at Vinik EPS since 2012. Originally from Baltimore, I now live in Rockville, MD with my husband, our three daughters, and our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.