“I liked how he never said no to leadership. When opportunities came up he would take it and he was always up to help people for whatever and whenever,” KU senior Raphi Schuster said.
While the Beren Leadership class focuses on helping student apply their Judaism to their life in both the Jewish community and beyond to grow as a leader in all areas, Robinson helped some students see how to actually apply what they learn.
For KU junior Becca Adler, hearing Robinson speak about his passions allowed her to further realize her own passions, she said.
“I was interested and attentive during his presentation because I think seeing Irv being such an active member of not only the Jewish community, but also the metropolitan community gave me an idea of the type of person I want to be outside of my academics,” Adler said.
Students in the class also said having Robinson speak was a different perspective than they normally see and hear about.
“It was really nice to have someone come in to talk with us about success but not in regards to money,” senior Haley Seldin said. “He talked about being comfortable with the uncomfortable and we learned specifically how he lives his life by those standards. He also took pride in sharing how he ran his business and treated his employees with kindness and care.”
Another aspect of the Beren class that Hillel staff members and students discuss is different values of Judaism. Through Robinson’s work and leadership, Adler said she could see how Robinson’s Judaism influenced and worked into all his experiences both personally and professionally.
“He’s just done so many different things, so it was just cool to see how Judaism can make a bigger impact in your life in so many ways,” Adler said.