Tag Archives: Hillel

Tour Guide Spotlight: Natasha Lerner ’13

6 Jan
Natasha Lerner '13

Natasha Lerner ’13

Hometown: New York, NY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Global Politics/Womens and Gender Studies & Poverty

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Chi Omega, Student Recruitment Committee, Hillel. I also do Generals Development Initiative, University Big Program, and First Year Orientation Committee.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I volunteer at Project Horizon, and last year I volunteered at the Lexington Office on Youth.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Travel, ballet, photography, sky diving, crossword puzzles, the New York Yankees

Favorite weekend activity? Big group dinners with my friends or sorority family.

Favorite thing about Lexington?  The history, tradition, and charm of the town. It is just the right size and has just what a college town needs.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Signing the honor system orientation week freshmen year. Also, I love giving tours. It was a position I knew I wanted when I was a senior in high school going on college visits and I think it has really affected how I think about the school and my place in it.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Professor Dickovick, who taught me Global Politics is going to be my advisor, really encourages me as both a student and a person. I always feel more confident in my opinions, goals, and potential after talking to him. Even when he was on sabbatical this year he still made time to get lunch with me one day to catch up on how things were going.


Tour Guide Spotlight: Lizzie Engel ’13

8 Dec

Lizzie Engel ’13

Hometown: Lexington, KY

Major(s)/Minor(s): Physics/Engineering and Spanish

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Hillel, College Democrats, Pi Beta Phi, University Women’s Choir, Volunteer Venture Pre-Orientation Program

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I have volunteered for the Head Start Program at Waddell Elementary.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I enjoy cooking, baking and exploring the outskirts of Lexington.

Favorite weekend activity? Studying outside on the Colonnade when it’s nice out.

Favorite thing about Lexington? Everyone abides by the speaking tradition, not just those associated with W&L.  When I walk through town, every person I pass is so friendly and welcoming.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? This past summer, I visited some of my friends who were in Lexington for the summer, and we went to Panther Falls.  We ended up camping there and sleeping on a boulder with an INCREDIBLE view of the stars.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? This isn’t a specific encounter, but my academic advisor (Irina Mazilu in the physics department) is definitely one of the coolest people on this campus and whenever I get to see her it’s a good day.  She really takes the time to get to know all of her students.  I frequently go into her office just to chat about life, and she’s never too busy to take the time to talk to me about travel, science, or the latest news story.  She’s always so helpful with schoolwork, and I can tell that she really cares.


Dining with Professors

28 Oct

Washington and Lee’s Hillel hosted a VIP (Very Interesting Professor) Dinner at the Sheridan Livery with Professor Art Goldsmith last week. With spots for only fourteen students the dinner provided an intimate environment to talk with Professor Goldsmith of the Economics Department and discuss his latest research.  At W&L professors are genuinely interested in learning and forming relationships with their students. The dinner was a great way for students to get to know Professor Goldsmith and share a delicious meal!

Birthright Israel

18 Oct

This past summer I spent ten days visiting Israel through Birthright Israel, a non-profit organization that sends Jewish students to Israel. As travel prices have increased, the competition to get a spot on a Birthright trip has increased as well. Fortunately, Washington and Lee’s Hillel, the Jewish Student Organization, has been designated Small but Mighty by Hillel International. With that distinction comes guaranteed spots on Birthright trips.

Out of the forty students on my trip to Israel, I was the only one from W&L, which provided a great opportunity to meet students from across the country. Israeli soldiers joined us for five of the ten days, so we were able to meet and become friends with our peers in the country. It was a whirlwind of a trip that took us across the entire country. Some of the highlights were swimming in the Dead Sea, wading through the Jordan River, riding a camel, visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and shopping in Tel Aviv. At the end of the ten days, it felt as if I had been in Israel for months, and I didn’t want to leave. It was a wonderful experience, and I credit Hillel at W&L for allowing me to go.


New Years Eve!

28 Sep

Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 28-29) and Yom Kippur (Oct. 8-9). Rosh Hashanah which begins this eveningis the Jewish New Year, since Judaism follows the lunar calendar. It is a time for celebration but also for reflection. Yom Kippur next weekend is the holiest day of the year for Jews. It is the day of atonement where we think about the sins of the past year and make resolutions for the next year.

Washington & Lee has a small but thriving Jewish community on campus, centered around the Hillel student organization. Every week the Hillel hosts Shabbat services, as well as lots of non-religious programming such as dinners with Professors and movie nights.

A unique aspect of Washington & Lee is that it is one of the few private schools in the country to have never had any religious affiliation. The Hillel is just one of several religious student organizations on campus, which represent many different faiths.

Campus Activities Fair!

7 Sep

At this very moment, I am sitting in the Doremus Gymnasium manning the Hillel table at the annual campus activities fair.  Pretty much everyone shows up to reconnect with old friends, sign up for new activities, and (probably most importantly) score some free t-shirts!  This year, I am leaving with shirts from Traveller, College Democrats, and Hillel, as well as Mock Con sunglasses and TONS of flyers.  The campus activities fair is the perfect way to wrap up first year orientation week.  Classes start tomorrow and I am really excited to get into a routine and hit the ground running!

A once in a lifetime opportunity…

6 Apr

This week is Holocaust Remembrance week on campus, and last night I had the chance to listen to a Holocaust Survivor speak about his experience in Nazi-Europe and his amazing survival from NINE different death and labor camps. After the touching speech, a few other students and I had the incredible opportunity to go out to dinner with him and his family. I never would have imagined that I would have this amazing experience before I got to school.