Before coming to college, I celebrated most Jewish holidays with my family. I always enjoyed being in the company of my family and having a special time together to celebrate our family traditions. As an out-of-state student, I don’t have the opportunity to spend holidays with my family, which was something I thought about before attending a school far from home.
As soon as I arrived at ASU, I found comfort at Hillel when I was immediately welcomed with open arms every day, but especially for holidays. I was also able to find a real family away from home because I had a place to celebrate Shabbat each Friday night.
It is incredibly important that I, and other students, have a safe and welcoming place like Hillel to celebrate the Jewish holidays. For me, I have found that being an out-of-state student can be hard, especially in finding a place to celebrate holidays when your family isn’t close by. Having Hillel has given me a place to go and spend the holidays with my new family, my Hillel family.
Hillel at ASU is proudly sponsored by the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix.