The Cirque du Hillel Fashion Show, sponsored by Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College, is a far cry from Julie Ganik's Siberian town that she left at age 11 when posters urging Jews to get out were plastered everywhere.
Yet with Hillel at Brooklyn College, a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation, she has continued her Jewish journey, which last weekend had Ganik modeling designs by students at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute.
It was part of Hillel at Brooklyn College's effort to use their annual fashion show to teach core Jewish values like tzedakah and donate money to a charitable organization.
"This year the student committee chose to raise money for UJA-Federation of New York because it represents many different agencies," says Nadya Drukker, acting executive director of Hillel at Brooklyn College.
More than 300 people attended the fashion show that raised over $3,000. Read more on the UJA-Federation site.