On October 16th KU Hillel will host Hillel on the Hill previously known as Jewhawk Day to show high school juniors and seniors KU’s campus through a Jewish lens. “Hillel on the Hill is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school students," says KU Hillel’s Program Director Melissa Kingston. “Participants get a true sense of what it is like to be Jewish at KU.”
Hillel on the Hill, initiated four years ago, will be led by KU Hillel student leaders and will include a trip to Allen Fieldhouse, Naismith Residence Hall, campus tours and a panel focusing on Jewish Greek life, Jewish studies opportunities, and admissions. There were over 50 participants in 2014.
“Hillel on the Hillel is a great supplement to the regular campus tour as its primary focus is for participants to be with their peers and to interact with current KU students involved in Hillel and Jewish life,” Kingston points out. This year’s chairs are senior Tori Luecking and junior Jake Novicoff. Novicoff, along with Rachel Kaseff and both their fathers came up with the idea and worked with KU Hillel staff to plan the first ever event. “Being a part of creating this program was a fantastic experience. It was fun and challenging to construct the day,” says Novicoff. “Four years later, I am very excited to be part of this event. We are working to give high school juniors and seniors the best KU and Hillel experience possible,” he adds.
The event is free to local high school juniors and seniors. A bus will leave the Kansas City Jewish Community Campus at 10 a.m. and is expected to return to Overland Park at about 9 p.m.