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11 Ways to Connect With Jewish Life On Campus

11 Ways to Connect With Jewish Life On Campus

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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 sure you get to the right class.

The start of every school year is always exciting, but this year is special because there are even more ways to connect and get involved with Reform Jewish community throughout the year!

  1. Find a place for High Holidays: The High Holidays are right around the corner, so if you don’t have a place on campus, check out our Find a Congregation tool to secure your tickets.
  2. Join a campus organization: Whether it’s your local Hillel, a Jewish fraternity/sorority, or Israel groups, there are plenty of on-campus groups to join.
  3. Go on a Birthright Israel trip: Whether or not you’ve been to Israel, now is the time to make it happen! Pick your date and other trip preferences, and you’ll be on your free, 10-day trip to Israel in no time.
  4. Apply for the Founders Fellows: Apply for this leadership cohort of dedicated Reform college students who are creating new and innovative ways of doing Jewish on campus, sponsored by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
  5. Tap into money for Reform programs: Grants are available for students to build Reform Jewish life on campus, sponsored by the Men of Reform Judaism.
  6. Create your own event: Receive up to $100 in Campus Meet-Up Grants from the Union for Reform Judaism to put together your own Shabbat dinner, holiday event, or meet-up for Reform students in your community.
  7. Give back to NFTY: If you were a member of NFTY – The Reform Jewish Youth Movement during your high school days, you can reconnect in college. Apply now to staff a NFTY regional event, and keep an eye out for applications to staff NFTY Convention 2019 in Dallas, TX. Those applications will be available in October.
  8. Join the Civic Engagement Campaign: This semester, Jewish students in the U.S. are working with Hillel and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to get students registered and out to vote in November.
  9. Build your Reform community: Join a series of online trainings to strengthen Reform Jewish life on your campus through service leading and community building.
  10. Apply for the JewV’Nation LGBTQIA+ Cohort: Apply now for this leadership opportunity for Jewish LGBTQIA+ leaders and make your community more inclusive.
  11. Find helpful online resources: Check out's college life page for DIY Jewish guides and other resources and programs to explore.

Have any questions, comments, or ideas? Let us know!

May this year be one of community, learning, meaning, and fun for Reform Jewish college students everywhere.

Evan Traylor, originally from Oklahoma City, serves as the associate director for college engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, after spending two years as the inaugural URJ presidential fellow for millennial engagement. Evan graduated from the University of Kansas studying political science, Jewish studies, and leadership studies. He is a past NFTY president, Kansas Hillel intern, student member of the Hillel International Board of Directors, and co-founder of the Hillel International Student Cabinet.

Evan Traylor

Published: 8/23/2018

Categories: Jewish Life, Parenting
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