Looking Forward to Next Year Samantha Rosier '14
As the school year winds down, Hillel certainly has not. Over the last two months of classes, we hosted over a hundred people for a Passover Seder, celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut with the entire school, welcomed accepted students, and had a week full of events for Holocaust Remembrance Week, all in addition to our usual Shabbat dinners and services. Now we are beginning to plan out our next year.We held elections for officer positions in April. We restructured our board to have one president and five vice presidents with chairs and committees under them. We will again have a First Year Students of Hillel board next year so that we can get new students involved and continue to grow. The executive board has already taken over for the month of May and planned the Israeli Independence Day dinner, Shabbats, and the alumni weekend events.
Recently we received a grant to allow the six members of the executive board to attend Hillel's International Conference
in St. Louis for a weekend in August. The board is really excited to share our ideas with other Hillel's and learn from them,
along with getting leadership training in seminars and workshops. The grant also includes follow-up training on campus
throughout the upcoming school year.The beginning of the academic year is always busy for Hillel, especially with the
High Holy Days. We have been assigned a student rabbi from Hebrew Union College who will assist our members in leading services and join the community for meals. We are also planning Orientation Week activities for the incoming first-
years to get them involved and show them everything Hillel has to offer.
Our board is trying to emphasize that Hillel can be whatever a students wants it to be- simply for social events, for the
religious aspects, or a place to hang out all the time. One of our goals is to offer a variety of different events so that students from all religious backgrounds, including non-Jews, can come and enjoy themselves. I'm very excited about working with our new board and can't wait for the upcoming year.