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From our students
To cap off this HGGW week, we’re honoring Jewish Deacs who are graduating. 

Please see the unedited email below from Alan Spicer, a graduating student at WFU, about what Hillel has meant to his college experience. We hope you find it as inspiring as we do!

Here are some photos from Alan's time at WFU
  • Above. At another wonderful WFU Passover Seder in the Mag Room (3rd from the left)
  • Below: Being mentored by Bob Baker and then organizing a Hillel fundraising mailing 
  • Sharing about being Jewish and a Hillel student leader at Judaism 101 class 
  • Enjoying another Interfaith event on campus. 

Spicer, Alan


Thu, Apr 28, 6:55 PM
to me
Dear Gail,

I hope you're doing well! It's been so long.

It's hard to pick a single highlight from Wake. When I think back on my time on the Hillel board, some of my fondest memories are the Passover Seder in the Mag Room, Israel Fest my sophomore year, and having dinner with the Mavens. There have been so many awesome events, but these stick out in my mind.

Besides Jewish Life, I've also enjoyed my time playing bassoon for musical groups on campus. We recently had the retirement concert for the orchestra conductor, Dr. David Hagy. Over 60 alumni came back to play with us, and we performed some fantastic music (including the Pines of Rome). 

Hillel is a great option for younger students because it is in South campus, and I think Chabad has found its niche for older/off campus students. That is not to say that these groups are exclusive, and there is plenty of crossover. Overall, I believe both Hillel and Chabad have found a way to coexist successfully. 

I really enjoyed getting so many immediate friends because of Jewish life, starting out with the welcome luncheon. That should be a staple for every year. The Hillel lounge could use some renovation, but I'm told that's happening now.

After graduation, I will start medical school at the University of South Florida, as part of the SELECT MD program. I will spend 2 years in Tampa taking classes, then complete my clinical rotations in Allentown, PA (close to my hometown of Hershey) for the last 2 years. Feel free to share this in the weekly email.

My time at Wake has been so greatly impacted by you and Jewish life. I'm very grateful to have met you and made so many wonderful friends. I hope to see you at commencement!


Wow, it’s been an incredible week – but it’s not over yet! Today is the final day of Hillel Global Giving Week! Until midnight tonight, gifts will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, while matching funds remain! We hope you will take this last opportunity to support The Rosenblatt Family Hillel at Wake Forest University, and help us to exceed our goal of $1,000.

Support WFU Hillel! 

We are honored to join 150 Hillels around the world in participating in this 3rd annual Hillel Global Giving Week. Click here to donate! Thank you for investing in our students!

PS: If you would like to honor a graduating student today, we invite you to post a comment or picture on the WFU Hillel Facebook page, or make a tribute gift in their honor.

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