On Sunday, September 20th, KU Hillel hosted their first ever Camp Hillel. Ten Hillel student leaders volunteered and hosted the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation Religious School students. Each child was paired with one of the ten college students. Activities included picture frame making, cake decorating and a Jewish song and dance session led by freshmen Ben Schenberg. Students also learned a little bit about what Hillel offers to college students.
KU senior Mimi Levine, along with juniors Tamar Cohen and Nikki Stoller, planned and facilitated the entire program. Levine said her favorite part of the day was the singing and dancing with everyone. “I think the event went really well. The kids loved it and I think they had a ton of fun when Ben was singing with his guitar and we all were dancing,” Levine said. “It reminded me of when I was their age in religious school, too,” she added.
The event was so successful that Levine hopes that KU Hillel will make it an annual tradition. “I absolutely think it should be continued in the following years. I think the kids had a great time as well as the college students,” she said. “It is important for the kids to have older Jewish role models in the community and to learn about Hillel as an organization for when they go to college.”