Major: Business administration with a concentration in international business and supply chain management
Favorite Jewish food: "I would say tabouleh salad"
Spirit animal: "I don't really think of animals or spirit animals, I usually just eat animals. But I would go with a Liger."
Junior Daniel Gewirtz loves food and said he thinks KU Hillel does a great job with food at different events. But, good food is only one of the many things Gewirtz likes about going to Hillel.
“Hillel keeps Judaism more lively,” Gewirtz said. “There are so many networking opportunities into the real world, leadership opportunities, travel opportunities, and also just social opportunities.”
Gewirtz, a Shabbat Around KU and engagement intern at Hillel, first got involved in Hillel when deciding which university to attend. When he visited KU, he said the Hillel was one of the deciding factors because of all the leadership opportunities and how involved all the students are in programming.
Though Gewirtz spent some time in the past year commuting to and taking classes at Johnson County Community College instead of KU, he remained involved in leadership at Hillel through internships and classes. The environment Hillel provides its students kept him wanting to come back, and made him want to become more involved now that he's once again a full-time KU student.
“I really liked the social aspect at Hillel, being able to meet up with a core group of Jewish kids on a weekly basis and learning and growing together,” Gewirtz said. “Hillel has done a lot since I’ve been here and I’m looking forward to seeing what programs they’ll have to offer for the rest of my time as a student.”
Gewirtz also joined KU Hillel on the European Leadership Mission (ELM) this past winter break, which is one of the opportunities he said he appreciates about Hillel. Things like ELM and other leadership programs from Hillel have helped him take more initiative and start getting involved in other aspects of his academics and extracurriculars, such a business fraternity.
“KU Hillel is, I don’t want to sound biased, but probably one of the best Hillels in the country,” Gewirtz said. “There’s so much experimentation with their programming, it puts us ahead of other Hillels. The Hillel here is pretty extraordinary.”