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Jewish Life

mzyaelmzyael Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited August 2010 in University of Virginia
How is the religious diversity at UVA? How is the Jewish community? I'm a current high school senior. I attended a Jewish day school for middle school and am currently active in my USY chapter. I wouldn't call myself religiously observant, but I have been to Israel three times and plan on taking a gap year in Israel. If anyone has any information on the Hillel, Jewish life for non-observant Jews, or attitudes towards Israel on campus, that would be great. Thanks!
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  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,240 Senior Member
    (you can similarly change that search to hillel, which is definitely the place you wanna be if you are "non-observant" -- you might also look into the jewish frat)
    attitude towards israel is similar to the public, ie there are groups pro-israel and pro-palestinians and pro-peace etc etc. it's a state school so it's going to give a good mix of public opinion. there's a good group of people that do birthright every year as well, many very secular/non-observant/non-involved other than birthright. there is a happy birthday israel day on grounds where hillel gives out birthday cake on the lawn. every week hillel has bagels on the lawn too (that was great when i was taking hebrew, the whole class would meet and chat over bagels before/after class)
    if you have specific questions feel free to post them here or pm me, though i was much more involved with the synagogue downtown than hillel. (you'll want to stay away from chabad if you're "non-observant" -- the whole "women are in the kitchen while the men pray" thing was a pretty big shock the first time i went there with a more conservative friend!!!!!!)
  • Dean JDean J College Rep Posts: 4,489 Senior Member
    What great timing...I just got out of a meeting with Rabbi Jake Rubin. The Brody Jewish Center (that's our Hillel) website and blog will have plenty of good info.

    In addition to the Jewish student groups, there are a couple of fraternities that are traditionally Jewish and there is a Jewish sorority coming in the next year.

    Get this: Per capital, UVa sends more students on the Taglit-Birthright trip than any other school in the country. Hillel is also sponsoring Alternative Spring Break trips.

    They are renovating their building, too. They'll soon have a dining room that can fit 120 people.

    Home - Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia
  • hazelorbhazelorb Registered User Posts: 3,240 Senior Member
    FYI Jake Rubin is Reconstructionist... Talk about liberal ;) My mom knows him from when he was at RRC getting ordained (Philly is a small city... But my family is Reconstructionist) but I still haven't met him yet!!
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