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Stef & Dan. How UW Hillel Has Made a Difference in Our Lives. Where I Came From. The void after Bar Mitzvah Arrived in Seattle at age 26 Ambivalent about Judaism Needed a place for High-Holidays Found much more…. My Reconnection. Hillel reached out to me: Grad’s Plus Hike

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stef dan

Stef & Dan

How UW Hillel Has Made a Difference in Our Lives

where i came from
Where I Came From
  • The void after Bar Mitzvah
  • Arrived in Seattle at age 26
  • Ambivalent about Judaism
  • Needed a place for High-Holidays
  • Found much more…
my reconnection
My Reconnection
  • Hillel reached out to me: Grad’s Plus Hike
  • Grads-plus board member: giving back
  • Made friends and built Jewish community
  • 9 years later – still have same friends!
    • Started on same day as Dan Cory
  • I helped start a Jewish hiking group…
the wandering jews
The Wandering Jews
  • One Grads-Plus hike
  • We were new here…

…We wanted more

  • We started a group
  • 300 members at height
  • Many lifetime partnerships
  • Many children
the biggest impact hillel had
The Biggest Impact Hillel Had
  • Dan wanted more Jewish activities
  • Stef started undergrad drama group

Stef needed a designer

Stef found Dan…

…Dan was happy to be found

  • Many late nights:
    • Building and painting sets
    • Bonfires on the beach…
hillel continues to enrich our life
Hillel Continues to Enrich Our Life
  • We make Shabbat special and social
  • Deliberate Judaism
    • Grappling with Kashroot
    • How will we raise our kids?
  • Continuing involvement
    • Tz’dakah
    • Learning
    • Joined a shul: Kol HaNeshama
what we gained from hillel
What We Gained From Hillel
  • Life-path changing
  • Life-long friendships
  • Hillel extends beyond the building
what makes uw hillel special
What Makes UW Hillel Special
  • Innovative & nurturing programs
    • Spontaneous connections
    • Personal initiative
  • Hillel gives us power to define Judaism
    • Joining a synagogue
    • Negotiating our own path
    • Reaching out to more people
  • Rabbi Dan! (of course)
what uw hillel means to us13
What UW Hillel Means to Us
  • Relevance
  • Connection
  • Belonging
  • Spontaneous
  • Inclusiveness
  • Learning
  • Joy
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