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Hillel’s impact

I had one of the most amazing things happen to me this afternoon at Acme when I went to pick up the baked goods for Shabbat.

As I was waiting on line to check out with the sheet cake and cookies, the man behind me commented on all the dessert Ihad and asked if I was hosting a big party. I explained that I work for Hillel at Rutgers and it is dessert for the 200-300 students who would be at Shabbat dinner that night. He asked if it was a special Shabbat; I said it was the first of the semester so we usually have a slightly larger crowd.

As I began to pay he said, “No, let me.” I told him he didn’t have to, but he insisted. After I thanked him a number of times, I asked for his name. He told me it didn’t matter. He said he had put three  sons through college, one at Muhlenberg, one at Tufts, and a third I have forgotten, and that they had all been involved in Hillel. “It’s the least I can do for you guys,” he added. I thanked him again and wished him a Shabbat Shalom.

Every day we have an impact on a huge number of people. Some are direct and some are indirect. I think my interaction with this gentleman is an example of why we do what we do.

Greg Yellin

Senior Birthright Engagement Associate
Rutgers University Hillel

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