Major: Double Major in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies
Favorite Jewish Food: “It’s a serious tie between bagels & lox and my family’s kugel.”
Current jam song: “New Americana” by Halsey - “It’s just easy to jam to and is such a power pose to our generation right now.”
When senior Becca Levine was 5 years old, she had a KU Hillel t-shirt that she wore so much that she could no longer wear it. She said she knew when she was younger that she wanted to go to KU, and when she finally came here she found that shirt again and knew Hillel would become a big part of her life.
Levine, after graduating this semester, will travel to Israel to lead a Birthright trip for the University of Delaware, where she will start her job as University of Delaware Hillel’s Israel Engagement Associate. In this position, Levine will work to connect students at the University of Delaware more with Israel, while ensuring a safe campus for pro-Israel movements.
“I’m so excited because this is basically my dream job coming right out of college,” Levine said. “I couldn’t be happier with it.”
Levine, who worked as the Israel Engagement Coordinator at KU Hillel, spent a semester in Israel for study abroad where she realized her love for Israel and working to ensure pro-Israel sentiment amongst her peers at college campuses. She helped plan KU Hillel’s Israel week in April, which she said was the most successful Israel week for KU HIllel.
“Israel is not only my second home but was home to a semester of college for me and my life passion,” Levine said. “Hillel let me take my passion for Israel and run with it.”
Levine said she always knew she wanted to work in Jewish education to some degree, as her mom was Jewish day school teacher. She said she likes the opportunity Jewish professionals have to make a change in the community and engage Jewish students.
Through her numerous other leadership roles at KU and her internship and leadership classes at Hillel, Levine said she has grown as a leader and hopes to use these skills to teach other Jewish young adults.
“What I love the most about becoming a Jewish Professional is that there is so much room to learn, grow, and inspire,” Levine said.
Levine also said she appreciates the way KU Hillel staff members allow students to grow on what they are passionate about and to work at Hillel in a fun environment where they are more than just students. Levine said she spends time at Hillel multiple times a week because the Hillel office provides a comfortable place at school where she gets to help out with all different types of events with staff members.
One of her favorite Hillel memories was when she was just hanging out at Hillel and started working with a Hillel staff member, Melissa Kingston, to make grilled cheese for a Shabbat 5:30 dinner event.
“Not to be cheesy but I now know the proper rotation method of making the perfect grilled cheese,” Levine said.
And again, “not to be cheesy,” Levine said she will miss all that KU Hillel has given her as she moves on to another school’s Hillel.
“I look forward to the adventure ahead, but will never forget the amazing people, programming, and relationships that I have had at KU Hillel over these four years,” Levine said.