Lander Gold went through five majors within his first semester at the University of Florida- Accounting, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Landscape Architecture, Psychology and finally Sociology. He served as the President of Hillel and the Jewish Student Union, Chairman for Jewish Awareness Month and Board of Directors for Hillel. As he says, “I took a liking to the Jewish leadership role.”
But Lander still had no idea what career he wanted to pursue by the time his junior year rolled by. All that changed when UF Hillel Executive Director Keith Dvorchik offered him an executive internship opportunity.
“Because of Hillel and because of my Hillel Director, Keith, I figured out what I want to do with my career. I owe what I do today, being a fundraiser for AEPi and the Jewish community, to Hillel.”
Lander’s fondest memories at UF were those on Shabbat mornings, when hundreds of students and alumni attended services and went to the football game. Hillel also gave him the opportunity to meet several philanthropists and celebrities. He even spent an entire day with Elie Wiesel around campus. “There was nothing like it,” he recalls. “It was like being in the presence of greatness.”
Lander also joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, an international Jewish fraternity that espouses the values of Judaism. “AEPi was one of the cornerstones of my college career.” Lander says, “and now I work for Moishe House in Washington, D.C.” Moishe House provides meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world by supporting leaders in their 20's as they create vibrant home-based Jewish communities for themselves and their peers.
Each day, Lander interacts with philanthropists, Jewish communal leaders and celebrities. From administrative work to solicitation of multi-million dollar gifts, “every day is something different, which is what I love.”
Lander notes, “Through my internship with Keith, I was introduced to the fundraising world, and I found it to be exciting, scary and ever-changing. Hillel gave me the opportunity to find my interest and passion in the fundraising world while benefiting the Jewish community. I am forever indebted to Hillel. Hillel, for me, is a lifetime commitment.”