I started Cooking with Brian, a series of short videos that teach viewers how to create simple and nutritious Israeli dishes. I had my work cut out for me.
I just had to show up and everything would be done for me. It turned out that wasn’t the case.
A few weeks ago, Jewish students gathered at Brandeis Hillel for Pride Shabbat. That was very personal for me — to be able to celebrate my queer identity and Jewish identity with my peers.
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’m adopted and I’m Chinese…But being Jewish has always been a part of my identity.”
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.
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.
“I grew up in an interfaith family. My mom is Catholic, and my dad is Jewish. My parents have given me the freedom and the education to explore both sides of my faith.”
This fall, I hosted a queer Shabbat dinner with 22 students. I looked around and realized that of the 22 people, most were both queer and Jewish, and that was really a special moment for me.