Men's Club : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Men's Club President Marvin Mandel

Judaism & Jews On Campus

The March Breakfast Club get-together was highly informative and very uplifting.

For several years, media outlets have described incidents of virulent antisemitism directed at Jewish students on college campuses throughout the United States. Our featured breakfast speakers: Johannah Sohn, the Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation of Orange County and Rabbi Daniel Levine, OC Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator – both addressed this issue. Orange County Hillel serves all the universities in our area with an emphasis on UC Irvine, Chapman and Cal State Fullerton, the three largest campuses.

Rabbi Levine hosts Shabbat dinners regularly in his home for Jewish students of all observance levels, and even invites non-Jews. He had just returned from the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC to which he brought a large contingent of students. They will hopefully become organization leaders going forward. Both Johannah and Rabbi Dan spend much of their time on the college campuses anticipating and addressing personal needs of the Jewish students and campus-wide issues before they become threats.

Orange County Hillel is in the very early stages of identifying a site and constructing a building to be the physical home to serve the Jewish students at all the colleges and universities in Orange County.

There will not be a Breakfast Club event in April as Temple Judea prepares for Passover and NOW deals with the coronavirus quarantine.

When we resume our Monthly Breakfast Club remember that both women and men are cordially invited to attend.

Arnold Miller for Marvin Mandel, President