Director's Corner Brett Schwartz

High school students from all over the country are trying to decide which schools they are interested in applying to in the fall. They are deciding where they want to spend the next four years of their life. I have spent countless hours meeting and speaking with parents and students about Jewish student life at Washington and Lee. Sometimes I spend over 30 minutes speaking with a prospective family and I find myself still wanting to say more about our wonderful Hillel community.

The shock that there is any sort of Jewish life at W&L is overwhelming. I have seen high school students find out there is a thriving Jewish community at W&L and have then decided to apply early decision. By using our website, Facebook, Twitter, blog posts, magazine ads, college fairs, mailings, pamphlets and newsletters, we have been working diligently to get the word out about Jewish student life on campus at Washington and Lee.

There are many that still don't know we have a Hillel House, a full time Hillel Director, a programming endowment, an active student group, and a Rabbi for the High Holidays. People also don't know about the Max and Sylvia Weinstein Scholarship (full tuition scholarship, renewable for four years) that recognizes an entering Jewish first-year student.

So as you can see, we still are in need of help getting the word out about the growing and thriving Jewish community at Washington and Lee University. You can help by sharing this newsletter, our website, and our Facebook page with those around you. If you would like us to send you brochures or additional newsletters to help spread the word of Jewish life at W&L, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me at any point. We at Hillel wish you and your family health and happiness and we hope to hear from you soon.