VIP Dinners & the Novack Fund David Fishman '14

Washington and Lee Hillel is pleased to have had another successful semester, which included two VIP Dinners. We were
fortunate enough to host Professor Tyler Dickovick of the Politics Department and Professor David Novack of the Sociology Department. The separate dinners were both held at the Sheridan Livery, where there was a strong turnout of 15-20 students eager to discuss various relevant topics with the professors.

Over a pleasant meal, there was candid discussion ranging from basic student life on campus to actively trying to become a greater part of the Rockbridge community as a Jewish student body. One of the most memorable topics was about the promotion of a fund to benefit impoverished children living in Rockbridge County, who are often in dire need of every day basic necessities. This magnanimous endeavor, originated by the Novack family, with the assistance of Michelle Hughes, a local school teacher, is an attempt not only to embolden Hillel's commitment to actively partaking in everyday mitzvahs, but also to raise awareness in people who may never have met a Jew before and to connect Judaism with benevolent sentiments. The fund provides anonymous gifts, donated by W&L students, to local school children. We hope to expand this altruistic fund and to continue to provide insightful VIP Dinners for the Jewish student body next year.