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Four college students from behind talking and walking along the outside of an academic building

Leaving our son at college for his first year, my wife and I are full of confidence, pride, and excitement, and we shed a few tears, too.

Rabbi Neal Gold
A group of young people with their backs to the camera and their arms around one another while wearing backpacks

It’s that time of the year again: moving into new dorms and apartments, catching up with friends after a great summer, buying (way too expensive) textbooks, and double-checking schedules to make su

Evan Traylor
Row of people standing against a wall

We must create conversations and ask hard questions, fostering a culture of brave outspokenness. This year, I have been on a journey to tackle issues of gender-based violence in my own Jewish community.

Sylvia Levy
Challah, wine and Shabbat candles

Growing up, my family didn’t usually celebrate Shabbat at home. Only when I went away to college did Shabbat become truly meaningful.  

Alex Anesetti
Four college aged friends in colorful clothing sitting on a bench together smiling and making funny faces

It’s that time of the year again: moving into new dorms and apartments, buying pens and notebooks, and double-checking schedules to make sure you get to the right class.

Evan Traylor
Team photo of smiling college students standing and kneeling with their arms around one another while wearing uniforms and posing on some sort of field

I just wanted to be me, and have the space to figure out who that was without being squeezed inside one of those cramped, dark spaces.

Lucy Brown
Graduation cap and diploma atop a graduation gown

At college, I found the little moments in a Shabbat dinner with a group of upperclassmen girls, baking challah, ordering take-out, and hearing their stories of their time at school so far.

Shir Attias

AEPi, the Jewish fraternity, trains future Jewish leaders and provides opportunities for members to socialize, achieve academic excellence, and perform acts of charity and community service.

Rabbi Stanley M. Davids

I vowed that if Israel survived, I would never again abandon my people, never again be indifferent to Israel’s fate.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

With so many questions to sift through, it’s no wonder many college students struggle to meaningfully connect with Jewish life on campus – but I believe this year is an incredibly exciting time to be Jewish on campus. Though many students may be missing their hometown youth group, congregation, or summer camp as the school year begins, there are plenty of exciting and unique ways for college students to explore Judaism and expand their connection to the Jewish community.

Evan Traylor

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