Jason Frances is a recent graduate of University of Central Florida, where he was active with Chabad on Campus. He penned this op-ed giving young Jewish students 10 reasons to go to Chabad on Campus, which was published by The Forward.
From The Forward by Jason Frances:
Chabad on Campus provides a “home away from home” for Jews at campuses across America and around the globe. Chabad seeks to ensure that students graduate as stronger and more empowered Jews than when they entered. Since the 1960s, Chabad campus centers open their doors to every Jewish student regardless of background or observance level. Here are 10 reasons you should join their ranks:
1) Fantastic people
Some of the greatest people you’ll meet and friendships you’ll make in college will happen at Chabad. From the second you walk in for the first time, you will instantly be embraced by the warm, welcoming environment where you will make new friends for life.
If you are looking for a delicious home cooked Shabbat dinner along with some inspiration, Chabad on Campus is perfect for you. Every Friday night, there are dozens, or hundreds, of students that come to Chabad for an amazing Shabbat dinner with the Rabbi and Rebbetzin’s adorable children. By the first week, you will feel like part of the family.
3) Awesome national events
Every Fall semester, thousands of students from all over the country meet in Brooklyn, NY for the national Shabbaton. The weekend retreat goes from Friday to Sunday and includes tours of NYC, an unforgettable Friday night dinner with a hasidc family, workshops, concerts and more. This was the highlight of my entire semester and something I’ll never forget. Whether meeting new people, experiencing Brooklyn, or even finding your future spouse, this is an event that only Chabad on Campus can put on.
4) Diversity and inclusion
One of the best things about Chabad is mixing with Jewish students from all Jewish denominations and social backgrounds. You may be surprised to discover that few students at Chabad are Chabad themselves — they are every kind of Jew, all united in one incredible community! Chabad is a home away from home where students can be themselves and feel welcomed no matter where they come from.