Routman held numerous KU Hillel leadership roles ranging from engagement to graphic design. Her most memorable Jewish experience while at KU was going on Taglit-Birthright with KU Hillel. “You make connections with people on Birthright that are simply different than any other experience,” she says. “I strengthened bonds with KU students that I was already friends with and got to know new people that are now lifelong friends.”
The Routman sisters began their journey at the end of April and their very first stop was Kansas. While in Lawrence, they stayed with Monica’s roommate from her transformative Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. The two have remained close friends.
“We decided it was time to make ourselves happier and healthier by taking some time off from our jobs to volunteer around the country,” says Routman. “I am so proud of what Monica is doing,” explained KU Hillel’s Executive Director Jay Lewis. “She is embodying everything she learned from KU Hillel about entrepreneurial leadership and tikkun olam. I love seeing how our alums are truly changing the world and making it a better place.”
“KU Hillel provided me with once-in-a-lifetime experiences both directly and indirectly. It helped me meet people and helped me find other programs and study opportunities that I may not have known were available otherwise,” Routman shares. “I particularly connected with Rabbi Neal Schuster. His guidance and support was invaluable to me during my college years.”
While the Routman sisters have hit some bumps in the road throughout their journey - including their car breaking down in New York two weeks ago - they are not giving up! They will be heading back to Minneapolis before taking on the West Coast. To learn more about their journey, check out their website at www.En-Rout.com and their funding page: www.gofundme.com/enrout