Greeting From Julie Roth
As I prepare for my first sabbatical, I am proud to share that the CJL strategic plan, now in its third year of implementation, has radically broadened and deepened our impact on students.
- We are connecting with more than 70% of Jewish students on campus. This is possible because of the addition of our new Reform Jewish educator and Israel Fellow.
- We are transforming 25% of Jewish students through expanded on-campus learning fellowships and off-campus travel.
Our metrics underscore the educational impact of our fellowships and trips. 82% of participants rated their experiences over the past year as very good or excellent. Students are telling us that these experiences are inspiring future Jewish learning; establishing connections between their career interests and Jewish ethics; and building communities of learners.
We are also seeing another positive and unexpected outcome from our expanded options of personally and academically relevant study and travel. Two students— Elliott Egan ’14 and Elana Woldenberg ’15—were so inspired by their experiences last spring on a CJL Alternative Spring Break trip to Argentina that they developed a Global Philanthropy fellowship which ran this semester at the CJL. Additional students are planning new spring break social justice and dialogue trips for next semester.
As you read this newsletter, 25 of our students are in Israel with Professor Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt as their tour guide. Thank you for sustaining Jewish life at Princeton and enabling the CJL to offer such once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
During my sabbatical, which begins Feb.1st, I plan to study models of Jewish innovation and to scale our fellowship model for implementation on a national level. I know that the CJL’s outstanding team of professionals will continue to partner seamlessly with our incredible student board and volunteer Board of Directors to ensure that all of our core activities will flourish this spring. Thank you again for your generous support of the CJL. I wish you good health and happiness in 2014!
Rabbi Julie Roth