Read about what Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach has done for these young students and alumni.
Eric Rubin, Sophomore, FAU Class of 2021
I have been at FAU for two years so far, and without Hillel, those two years probably would have been some of the longest two years of my life. Hillel has been such an important part of my college life so far because of all the friends I have gained, being able to go on Birthright, but most importantly, being able to feel comfortable at Hillel. Without Hillel, I truly think that I would be lost at school because I came to school knowing absolutely no one. Being a part of Hillel has helped me gain some of the best of friends. Hillel has helped me learn so much more about Israel and Judaism, through the weekly activities and through Birthright. I am so thankful that the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach has been so wonderful, and I am looking forward to the next two years.
Shelby Klein, Sophomore, FAU Class of 2021
From the moment I walked into the doors of Hillel during my freshman year at FAU, I knew that Hillel was going to be my home away from home. Hillel has always been my go-to place since the start of my college experience. I would go to Hillel on my free time in between classes, attend the events it offers, and spend time with my friends who are there. It is the place where I feel most comfortable in on campus. Whenever I go inside Hillel, I would always feel welcomed with open arms by some of the nicest and caring people I have met in my life.
My time in Hillel has become so important to me because it has made me step out of my comfort zone, opened doors to many opportunities of making lifelong friends, and allowing for me to get more involved on campus. Being a part of Hillel has also helped me to strengthen the ties to my Jewish faith. The Shabbat and holiday celebrations were extra special, especially when I couldn’t go home and spend it with my family. I was able to spend it with my other family at Hillel. Because of Hillel, I felt like I was a part of something. Hillel has assisted in my personal growth and it will continue to be a big part of my college experience.
Hayley Snyder, Alumnus, FAU Class of 2018
Growing up in Jacksonville. I was the only Jewish kid. I never really had a place where I felt at home and could be myself. It wasn't until my first Shabbat my freshman year where I knew I wanted to get involved. Throughout my time at Hillel I made best friends and realized what it meant to be a pro-Israel advocate. Being involved at Hillel was one of the best experiences I've had. Throughout my ups and downs in college I knew the people at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach would always be there for me. Hillel helped me find my voice from being AIPAC Liaison to being on the Student Board of Directors. Being involved in Hillel has helped me become the person I am today.
Zach Goodstat, Alumnus, FAU Class of 2018
Hillel has always been a place on campus I have always held close to my heart. It is a place where not only students interact with each other, but it is also a place that is known for its amazing staff, that genuinely cares about each student that walks through the door.
Hillel has a variety of Jewish programming that gives the opportunity for students to engage in meaningful discussions and have a better understanding of Jewish culture and life. The yearly alternative spring break trip is one Hillel program that has really helped me grow into the person I am today. Learning the meaning behind tikkun olam, and applying it to my life through service, I can say has inspired me in more ways than one.
Thank you, Hillel, for making my college experience one I will never forget!