Josh Kleinman's Senior Story

May 2, 2018

 

I grew up in a Reform Jewish household near New York, went to sleepaway camp, and felt very connected to the Jewish community as a kid.

 

However, I got to Delaware and felt instantly disconnected. I wasn't surrounded by Jewish individuals, and it wasn't as easy to be Jewish as at home. I wanted to change that, so I got involved with Hillel.

 

My sophomore year, I was selected for an internship with the David Project (an Israel advocacy organization) and it changed my college career. I was teamed up with five Jewish students, who I connected with immediately, and they became my new Jewish family on campus. Even today they are some of my closest friends.

 

This past winter, I went on Birthright to Israel and am now working on the senior committee to give back to Hillel, which has done so much for me over my four years here. I had to search to find my Jewish community on campus, and Hillel gave me the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals. I'm forever grateful for the opportunities and friendships it has provided to me, and I hope you'll join and support me in making a gift today.

 

This past winter, I went on Birthright to Israel and am now working on the senior committee to give back to Hillel, which has done so much for me over my four years here. I had to search to find my Jewish community on campus, and Hillel gave me the opportunity to find it. I'm forever grateful for the opportunities and friendships it has provided to me, and I hope you'll join and support me in making a gift today.

 

-Josh Kleinman

Class of 2018, University of Delaware

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