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DU Hillel Student Spotlights

  • Danielle Nebel • DU Class of 2019
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    Taking on a leadership role and planning a Shabbat dinner at Hillel was such a meaningful experience for me. My involvement has helped build my identity as a Jewish leader — an important aspect of my life.

    The many opportunities I’ve had to get involved have helped me make new friends, find Jewish community and discover new things about myself. Sometimes my leadership experiences have pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have been encouraged to grow in so many ways, both as a student and as a leader. Hillel is a safe place to step up and try new roles. It’s such a supportive environment. I always feel comfortable being myself.

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  • Sophie Smith • DU Class of 2019
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    Being a part of the Hillel Shabbat Planning board has been a really wonderful experience. For Sukkot I helped create a farm‐to‐table Shabbat experience. Being able to integrate my interest in environmental issues with Jewish values and ritual has been especially meaningful to me. Taking on leadership responsibilities at Hillel has helped me grow and become more confident.

    When I was growing up there were never many Jewish kids in my school. I spent time with my Jewish friends once a year at summer camp. Now that I have Hillel I have a deeper connection to my Jewishness every day.

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  • Gracie Glaser • DU Class of 2019
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    Hillel gives me the opportunity to see many expressions of Judaism, from culturally connected to modern Orthodox. Understanding this diversity in my own people has helped me relate to the broader diversity on campus.

    Being involved at Hillel has helped me explore how to apply 21st century ideas to ancient Judaic morals and bring my understanding to leadership roles, both within Hillel and on campus. 

    Hillel welcomed me with open arms. I knew right away that I had found my home away from home. Praying shoulder to shoulder at holiday celebrations and Shabbat gatherings with what would become some of my closest friends has made me feel more rooted in my Jewish identity and inspired me to continue growing and learning as a Jew.

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