What does being Jewish mean to you? Whether it's just coming to Shabbat dinners sponsored by your school Hillel, going to Temple on Friday nights, or baking latkes on Chanukah, being Jewish is not something unique to just you...which may be a good thing! There's a whole community of Jews around campus and around the world waiting to be discovered. In fact, some of them are pretty famous. Did you know that Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johanson, James Franco, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Mila Kunis all have Jewish blood in them? What about Albert Einstein (a German Jew) and Zac Efron (okay, let's be honest, he may not fit into the same category as Mr. Einstein), who both had Jewish relatives? Chico and Harpo Marx? Paula Abdul? Woody Allen?
There's a popular song I used to sing in my camp:
"Wherever you go, there's always someone Jewish/You're never alone when you say you're a Jew/And when you're not home and you're somewhere kind of newish/the odds are don't look far cuz they're Jewish too!"
When I came to college, I was hesitant to tell people I was Jewish because of the small Jewish population on campus. But when it finally became known, I was surprised at how many people on this campus are Jewish! In fact, there are about 300 Jews on campus. Bet you didn't know that. Being Jewish creates an automatic connection between you and your fellow (300) peers on campus. Perhaps the person you sit next to in class is a fellow Jew! Invite them to Hillel dinner!
While you're having a chat with that college kid you sit next to, here's another more recent up-and-coming Jew in sports news you need to know...
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That's all for now, Hillel. Stay classy!