New Hillel North program to start spring semester

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By Senaya Savir
Staff writer
@SenayaSavir

UMD Hillel
Hillel Rosenbloom Center. Mitzpeh photo

In the upcoming spring semester, Hillel will launch its newest project, a new leadership development program for Jewish freshman living on North Campus.

The Hillel North Ambassadors program is derived from the Hillel North Fellowship, where fellows initially planned programs for their peers.

However, Hillel North Ambassadors will be less about planning programs and more about building a Jewish community across North Campus.

According to Jessa Cameron, who serves as the ‘Springboard Innovation Fellow ‘ at the Maryland Hillel, the intention behind the program is to “build relationships and encourage freshmen to take an active role in the Jewish community across campus.”

In the program, ambassadors will connect with Jewish freshmen, meet for coffee dates, accompany them to Shabbat meals, as well as other programs and activities freshman would otherwise not know about.

“Ambassadors will also meet for monthly leadership development workshops, have a mentor (an upperclassmen Jewish student leader) and will help plan some of Hillel’s biggest spring quarter events,” Cameron said.

Cameron, a new addition to the Hillel team, moved from Seattle this past summer. While Cameron will oversee the new Hillel North Ambassadors program, she also works with managing social media and other innovative programming around Shabbat.

“I think students are excited about this leadership position as a way to get more involved in Hillel and to meet people from across campus,” Cameron said. “The application closed on Friday (Nov.11) and I’m excited to see where it goes!”

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