Vanderbilt Hillel students gathered to thank Federation donors. Photo: Shannon Small
Vanderbilt Hillel students gathered Tuesday, April 11th at the Vanderbilt Hillel building to thank the donors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville. The Jewish Federation supports Vanderbilt Hillel through its annual grants cycle. Some of the Vanderbilt Hillel programs funded by the Jewish Federation include Israel Advancement Initiatives, Jewish Student Life and Leadership, Hillels of Middle Tennessee programming including Belmont and MTSU, Senior Class Leadership/Community Engagement, and Passover Seder meals. Ari Dubin, Executive Director of Vanderbilt Hillel, spoke to the students about the Jewish Federation’s importance in their day-to-day college lives, “The Jewish Federation funds programs that all of you participate in like our Senior Leadership Initiative, FYSH Fest (First Year Students of Hillel Orientation Program), and the Passover seder meals you just enjoyed.” Vanderbilt Hillel students were eager to call donors to thank them. “The Thank-a-Thon was an amazing experience. It was so fulfilling to see the students come together to thank the donors who sponsor our events,” said Sam Josephson, Class of 2024. The Jewish Federation and Vanderbilt Hillel plan to do the program again next year.