As the parent of a recent graduate and a current sophomore, I know first-hand how important it is for students to build relationships and establish connections to meaningful experiences during their years at Princeton.
My daughter Rachel ’15 loved the opportunities the CJL provided to grow her faith through participation in its nationally-recognized educational programs and in outstanding engagement activities including her role as a Campus Engagement Intern. My son Daniel ’19 regularly joins with the nearly 200 students who attend Shabbat dinner each week at the CJL, and in December, he traveled on one of CJL’s transformative immersion trips—Inside Israel— led by Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Kurtzer, former US Ambassador to Israel and Egypt and professor at the Woodrow Wilson School.
The CJL staff, like its programs, is truly incredible. They come to personally know every student who spends time at the CJL and are committed to making the CJL a safe and inclusive place on campus where all students can come to make and meet friends, explore their Jewish identities, and feel at home.
In addition to being a CJL parent, I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors and am proud that my family finally supports the CJL. I invest my time and our charitable dollars in the CJL because it is the reason why Princeton is a great place to be a Jewish college student.
Though supported by Princeton in many tremendous ways, the CJL is a non-profit organization that does not receive university funding for programming. In fact, more than 80% of the CJL's $1.2M operating budget must be raised from parents, alumni, and friends. I hope you will join me in helping to ensure that current and future Jewish students at Princeton have the same opportunities to build Jewish connections at the CJL.