On May 29th, I had the opportunity to attend Hillel’s Renaissance Award Dinner, which honored Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. Hundreds of guests gathered at The Pierre in New York City to celebrate the Senator’s commitment to and embodiment of Hillel’s mission. The evening was not only a celebration of past commitments, but also a testament to continued commitment to Jewish life.
As Hillel student leaders, we create initiatives and build relationships to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. The devotion and passion that was palpable in the room throughout the course of the evening enriched my life and strengthened my commitment to enriching the lives of others.
I extend extraordinary gratitude to Senator Lautenberg for being an outstanding example of what Hillel stands for and to all the attendees for being inspirational role models to our generation. You have enriched our lives, and we will use what we have learned to enrich the lives of the Jewish people and the world.
Ariel Shapiro is a student leader and the outgoing Student President of Queens College Hillel. She began her Queens College career in the Fall of 2010, and is majoring in Comparative Literature. Ariel is currently working with the Queens College Hillel Board of Directors to develop their alumni relations strategy.