Noa Shapiro-Franklin

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Noa Shapiro-Franklin is a student at Emory University and Emory Hillel’s current VP of Shabbat.

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A Student From The Best College For Jews Shares The Simple Secret To Their Success

My criteria for the perfect college were a small to mid-sized school, a school where there was ample support and numerous resources for pre-health students, a school with a sense of spirit and pride and a school with a strong Hillel. While many of the schools I looked at met several of these “requirements,” Emory stood out!

From the second I set foot on Emory’s beautiful campus, I immediately felt a part of the community. The students were eager to know my name, to tell me about their wonderful school, and to make me feel at home. These feelings were further enhanced at Hillel. From ruach-filled Shabbat dinners complete with multiple minyanim, sushi feasts, and whitewater rafting trips throughout Georgia, Hillel does it all! Throughout my time in Hillel, I have felt that the Hillel staff, together with the student body, work to create an environment where each voice is heard, where all forms of Judaism are welcome, and where the programming and event planning are constantly changing to reflect the voice of the student body.

I have had such wonderful opportunities to be a leader within the Emory Jewish community, and I have developed leadership skills I never expected to because of Hillel. The support I have received from leaders and professionals in the Jewish community at Emory has propelled me towards success in so many aspects of my life. The Jewish community at Emory is like no other community on a college campus. There is a level of comfort and support that you receive from the community that makes it feel like you belong. You are sure to find your Jewish home at Emory Hillel!

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

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