Enthusiastically, energetically, dynamically! That’s how the new academic year has started for SDSU Hillel. We welcomed record numbers of students at open houses at the Melvin Garb Hillel Center, at the annual Welcome BBQ and at the first Shabbat service and dinner of the year.
Students who traveled to Israel on SDSU Hillel’s two summer Israel trips, a Birthright Israel trip and a Fact Finders Trip for SDSU student leaders, renewed their connections at their respective reunions. Student leadership groups — the Jewish Student Union, Students Supporting Israel and the newly formed Interns for Israel — got to work on creating their plans to engage the community.
Groups of students gathered around the table for our weekly Lunch ‘n Learn to share a meal, study issues of Jewish leadership and delve into good conversation. Speed Dating and S’mores made for a very entertaining evening for students to get to know each other. All this plus a visit by the kosher food truck A La Plancha! And that’s just the first 2 weeks!
We are very pleased to welcome our new Lipinsky Engagement and Leadership Associate Edden Dembsky. Originally from Oak Park, CA and a recent University of Arizona graduate with a double major in Communication and Judaic Studies, Edden has a deep background in Jewish culture from youth groups to sleep away camp and is very excited to bring her ideas to SDSU Hillel. She was very involved in Hillel at the University of Arizona and loved the opportunities to build Jewish community. This experience motivated her to want to create this feeling with students through Hillel.
We are also pleased to welcome back our Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow to Hillel Gal Winrebe for a second year. After a very successful first year, Gal returns with his passion for Israel, his entrepreneurial spirit and his outstanding networking skills to engage the SDSU population.
Upcoming events at SDSU Hillel:
- Mondays: Bagel Mondays with Edden @11am-1pm Scripps Cottage
- Wednesdays: A La Plancha Kosher food truck @11am-2pm Hillel
- Sept. 23 Lunch and Learn @12pm
- Sept. 27 Torah and Tacos @5pm
- Sept. 30 Shabbat Services and dinner @7pm
- Oct. 7 Lunch and Learn @12pm
- Oct. 14 Shabbat Services and dinner @7pm
- Oct. 21 Lunch and Learn @12pm
- Oct. 28 Shabbat Services @7pm