For nearly 10 years, I have found the Jewish students at Princeton to be unique, motivated, inquisitive, and driven. Having the opportunity to be part of their Jewish journeys inspires me every day. It is a privilege to watch the incredible growth of our students from excited freshmen to confident seniors, and I take pride in my role in helping them prepare and appreciate the world they are entering.
I’ve had the great fortune to work with 10 student boards, mentor 100 engagement interns, and travel around the world with 130 immersion trip participants, including 80 to Israel and 14 to Poland. I have enjoyed more than 200 CJL Shabbat dinners with students, filled with warmth, joy and thoughtful discussions on the most salient and difficult issues facing Jewish students today.
While I have seen the direct, positive impact of these and hundreds more CJL experiences on our students, it is the personal and meaningful connections I have made with more than 1000 students—over coffee, frozen yogurt or simply during a visit to the CJL—that resonate the most for me. I hope these encounters and the relationships we have established will stay with my students for a lifetime. I also want to ensure that future generations of Jewish students at Princeton have these same opportunities.