Y O U H E L P M A K E A D I F F E R E N C E MY TALE Josh Berger '18 Before attending Chabad my Junior year at Chapman University, Judaism and I were in a weird place with one another; if we were on Facebook, our relationship status would read ‘it’s complicated’ Despite the fact that I had attended the JCC for preschool and a private Jewish day school up until 5th grade, I had never considered myself to be truly, authentically, and wholly Jewish. "Immediately, I was made to feel at home. As we said the Kiddush together, broke Challah with one another..." Immediately, I was made to feel at home. As we said the Kiddush together, broke Challah with one another, discussed the week’s Torah portion, and recited prayers in harmony, I could feel a change from within me. The community Rabbi Eliezer helped establish and develop at Chapman Chabad was one of inclusivity. I was not made to feel marginalized or thought of by others as “less than” because of the extent of my practice of faith. Aside from the prayer, the meals, and the holidays spent with Chabad, what sticks with me most now as an alumnus were all the conversations I had that emerged spontaneously between the scheduled programming. THE LIVES YOU'VE TOUCHED Sure, I could recite the Hamotzi and wine blessings by heart, and, yes, I did have a Bar Mitzvah and held distinctly Jewish values concerning family, education, and morality, but wasn’t being Jewish about being more than that? Before Chabad, I would tell others that I was merely reform, or that I was only culturally Jewish; I felt Jewish. Rabbi Eliezer and Chabad at Chapman fundamentally changed my own perception of my relationship with Judaism by teaching me that those stipulations that I imposed on myself and my identity-- “merely” and “only” -- did not exist. From the moment I stepped into Rabbi Eliezer’s home, I was greeted with smiles from himself, his wife, Mushky, and his two children, Yasef and Mirel. I have made many friends at Chabad that I not only kept in touch with throughout the rest of my time at Chapman, but also continue to keep in touch with today. I have even brought friends to Chabad, from Chapman and from afar, in an effort to share with them an important piece of myself and my heritage. Chabad teaches others about Jewish history, philosophy, morality, and culture in a way that doesn’t seek to evangelize, but rather to merely enlighten. Rabbi Eliezer and Chapman Chabad catalyzed my growth as a person by making me more educated about and proud of my Jewish faith. I look forward to seeing how Chapman Chabad continues to expand serve more people, and to hearing the many other success stories that come from other people like me in the near future. L'chaim!
Y O U R I M P A C T T H I S S E M E S T E R Torah Classes Meals Socials ChaBBQ Lunch & Learn Shabbat Dinner Sinai Scholars BLT Kosher Cooking Kabbalah Wing Night Menorah Lighting on Campus Care Packages YOUR GIFT BRINGS HOT MATZAH BALL SOUPS AND CARE PACKAGES TO AGGIES WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST You provided over 850 Shabbat Dinners for Jewish Panthers this semester alone! Special thanks to a multi-generational family of givers who provide for our Jewish Panthers. Thank you to the community partnership in Chabad's leadership program initiative, which is supported by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services Sara Clemons -Grandparent Lonnie & Blair Dworkin -Parents Alexis Dworkin '18 -Former Student MEZUZAH CHALLAH BAKE STUDENT BOARD SHALACH MANOT KOSHER COOKING S T U D E N T S N A P S H O T S MEGA SHABBAT PURIM PARTY Your Nachas Continues