After participating in Jewball and attending Rock Chalk Shabbat, Kaseff’s friend encouraged him to get further involved in Hillel through the Freshmen Leadership Series. Through the Leadership series, Kaseff became passionate about getting involved after he saw what the community was like.
“Everyone is so friendly,” Kaseff said. “It’s very important for students in Hillel to make sure everyone feels welcome because they all remember how hard it is to come to something where they don’t know anyone. I like the emphasis Hillel puts on making sure people who are new to Hillel feel welcome.”
This welcoming feeling of Hillel is something Kaseff takes into account in his Hillel internship this year, where he works on the Greek Involvement team. Kaseff, along with other Hillel interns involved in Greek houses, try to connect more Jewish students within the Greek community to each other.
Kaseff said sometimes he feels like the Greek community and the Jewish community don’t always intertwine, which is why he wants to work to reach out to the Jewish students who aren’t as involved.
“I believe Greek involvement is important, but sometimes people who are involved in the Greek community may forget about their Jewish roots or heritage. This may cause them to lose their sense of Judaism in their future,” Kaseff said. “The Greek community is very expansive, so having people in it who can relate to Judaism is important to the future of Judaism.”
Kaseff is a member of the Delta Chi fraternity, where he serves as the Community Chair and Executive Secretary. Through his involvement at Hillel, Kaseff said he has gained leadership skills he can apply to all of his positions in Hillel and in other organizations.
“I learned not only about Hillel, but important leadership qualities that I have been able to implement,” Kaseff said.
This winter Kaseff is looking forward to continuing his involvement in Hillel on the KU Hillel Birthright trip.