A home away from home.
That’s what Hillel provides to Kent State students whether they are Jewish or not.
“We are home to about 1,000 Jewish students here on campus and we also have about 300 students at the University of Akron,” Ethan Krasnow, Hillel’s Assistant Director said.
Hillel is a Jewish-based organization that plans various events on campus. Events such as the recent “Good Deeds Day” are planned by students and take place every week.
“We’re a home away from home for anybody and everybody but we also have opportunities for our students to grow,” Sydney Ungar, Hillel’s Student Life Coordinator said.
For student board members like Alex Kaufman, Hillel provides opportunities for students to gain life skills while still in college.
“Once a week we have meetings in here. Once a week to go over the different events, what’s going on, who’s working on what,” Kaufman explained.
Hillel plans several events a month. Everything from weekly lunches in the lounge area of their building, to Shabbat dinners, their goal is to bring students together regardless of their faith.
“Anything that you can think of, we can make it happen, and I think that in itself is an opportunity for our students,” Ungar said.
“Anything that you can think of, we can make it happen, and I think that in itself is an opportunity for our students.”Sydney Ungar, Kent State Hillel Student Life Coordinator
Hillel will continue to bring students of Kent State together through events and help members of their student board to prepare for life after college.
“It’s really just another way for students to interact with each other and hopefully leave feeling inspired and feeling like we made their day,” Ungar said.