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Hanna Griffin ’23 stepped into a new leadership role as the VP of Programming at ASU Hillel just a few months ago. She has always been actively involved in the Hillel community and was excited to use her new role to bring a focus and passion for Tikkun Olam, ‘repair the world’, to Arizona State Hillel. Hanna had a personal goal to increase community service opportunities for Jewish students at ASU. “Mitzvah on ‘A’ Mountain” is the first of many programs that not only builds Jewish community but also gives back to the Tempe community and environment. Hanna worked closely with the AEPi fraternity leadership team to plan the event, from a distanced ‘team huddle’ to kick off the event, to ordering re-usable ASU Hillel water bottles for all participants to take home. She believes it is important to offer a variety of opportunities that can feel important and relatable to all different students. Hanna values the community Hillel provides for her on-campus that helps her grow and learn outside of the classroom.
Jamie Horowitz ’22, the Social Justice Chair at ASU Hillel in partnership with Repair the World, is working closely with Rabbi Suzy to lead a new weekly social justice class. Her personal goal is to get students engaged and outside as a community in a COVID-safe way while giving back to the greater Tempe community. Jamie led the February 19th clean-up efforts and relished the opportunity to embrace action alongside their learning. She helped build a fun experience with music as they performed their good deed and brought in Shabbat together. Jamie sees this leadership position as her ‘saving grace’ throughout COVID. It has provided her the opportunity to grow and show dedication to her passion for community service, while safely engaging in person with others. Jamie finds activism to be a core piece of her Jewish identity and appreciates the space ASU Hillel has created for her to be surrounded by like-minded people and grow with them. Jamie has always found a place of comfort at Hillel and is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring that experience to others.
After graduating from Arizona State in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Ashley knew that Judaism was always going to be an important part of her life. As an out-of-state student, she had walked onto campus four years earlier without a familiar face to turn to, feeling lost, as most first-year college students do. Ashley knows how fortunate she was to have found herself, her Jewish self, during college because of ASU Hillel. She found a home-away-from-home surrounded by the staff and community who cared about her; her success and happiness were important to them as if they were family. Ashley remembers the feeling of gratitude when Rabbi Lee called her personally with an invite to her first Hillel program and later on to celebrate Shabbat. Hillel was fundamental in her Jewish discovery as an individual and her time engaged with Hillel still drives her connection to Judaism. Ashley joined the internship program at Hillel and became part of the daily Jewish life at ASU earning herself the Joan Frazer Memorial Award for Judaism and the Arts. She learned the ins and outs of nonprofits while doing work that brought her joy and allowed her to make a difference in the world every day. Ashley now works at a Jewish day school in Indianapolis, where she lives with her husband and three children. She will always have a special place in her heart for ASU Hillel, and Rabbi Lee, who empowered her to embrace her Judaism in every aspect of her life. She hopes every student at ASU can continue to have such amazing experiences with Hillel where they too can discover their true selves.
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