With the help of the Hillel staff, we transformed our main hall into a makeshift theater.
I got involved with Texas Hillel my first year in college through the Latino-Jewish Student Coalition. As a non-Jewish student, I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming everyone was.
Now that I'm president of Hillel at UT Dallas, I'd like to pay it forward and find out what we could be doing to make Hillel more inclusive and meaningful to students on the periphery of Jewish life on campus.
I was adopted from China when I was 1-year-old and raised in Florida. I grew up proud of my Jewish heritage and was active in my local Jewish community.
My mom is an Afro-Latina from the island of Hispaniola. My dad is German and Polish. I was raised Jewish, not overly involved but not unaffiliated, and with Jewish values.
After several days of workshops, I left Arizona with a new understanding that opportunities for meaningful Jewish learning in engagement work are not dependent on luck alone.
Noam Bentov is the executive director of Towson Hillel.
Because I am an above-the-knee amputee, I know that I’m not as fast as others. But on the ski slope, I can catch up and even ski by others.