As I prepare to celebrate my 50th Princeton Reunion (oy!), I think about what it was like to be a Jewish student on this campus in the late 1960’s and how much Jewish life has transformed in the past 50 years. Leading the efforts to create a vibrant, growing and inclusive Jewish community has been the CJL.
The CJL staff and student leadership reach out to virtually all Jewish students on campus. Reform, Conservative and Orthodox services are held each week, and Shabbat dinner regularly attracts 150-200 students to the CJL. There is a full program of fellowships addressing topics such as Business Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, and Public Policy—all taught through a Jewish lens. The CJL’s unique student trips have recently included a winter break trip to Israel led by Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer and a Jewish heritage experience in Poland.
Investing in Jewish college students is an investment in the future of the Jewish people. This is why I choose to contribute my time, energy and financial resources to supporting the CJL.
Annual fund raising from alumni, parents, faculty and friends provides over 80% of the CJL’s operating budget. That means every single gift has a real, demonstrable impact on our ability to ensure that current and future students continue to have the many wonderful opportunities to connect with Judaism and Jewish life offered through the CJL.