KU Hillel staff and alumni made their way to Orlando, Florida for the Hillel International Global Assembly from December 14th to 17th. Each staff member had their own professional development track regarding their area of expertise; this gave each of them the opportunity to connect with other professionals like them across the country.
“The Global Assembly was very educational and inspiring. It was amazing to see over 500 Jewish professionals joined together in one place connecting, sharing stories and ideas,” said KU Hillel Development Director Amy Sandler. “I was especially proud to be part of the KU Hillel Staff when our very own Rabbi Neal Schuster led a plenary workshop about building communities of care. He instilled a strong sense of importance on the role Hillel staff play in student lives and the skills to help students express concern and to connect students to effective resources,” Sandler continued.
Oruch, who graduated from KU in 2009, said, “Early in my college experience I was very active in KU Student Senate and was interested in pursuing a career in politics or higher education. After losing Student Body Vice President I was offered a leadership position within KU Hillel and my life was forever changed. Meeting with Jay Lewis bi-weekly discussing the future of KU Hillel showed me that leadership is a Jewish value.”
“Representing KU Hillel and creating community for my peers on campus was simply more fun and fed my soul more than I ever imagined, by that October I knew my career path had changed. My experience as a student member of the KU Hillel Board of Directors inspired me to pursue the path to be an Executive Director. I will never forget the passion of the board members debating moving KU Hillel into a new a facility. Their desire to make KU a destination school for Jewish students has stayed with me and motivated me to create that same type of atmosphere at University of Hartford,” Oruch continued.