No, we're not talking about domestic policy or Israel advocacy (see this page for that) - we're talking about advocating for you. For your community, for religious life on your campus, and for whatever you need to make it happen. There are some conflicts that come up between observing Judaism and participating in college life, but we don't believe the two are incompatible. Below are a few common issues that come up, but the ideas and strategies outlines therein might be relevant and useful for other scenarios as well. As always, feel free to contact us about your particular circumstances.
Getting Kosher Food
Let's say you don't have kosher food on your campus. Or not enough. Or not kosher enough. Check out this guide to see about changing that! It's not so simple, but this guide makes it easier and includes many helpful resources. No promises here, but we're more than happy to work with you all along this process.
Two frequently unavoidable ones are tests or graduation dates that fall on Shabbat/chag, and electronic access to dorms. This guide walks you through different approaches to take, including case studies from other universities, and helpful resources.
How to Explain Things to NonJews (or nonreligious Jews)
We've all had that experience - "You mean you can't use electricity for 24 hours??" "Why can't you hug me?" "Does that mean your food was blessed by a rabbi?" This is a page with some FAQs and how to answer them with sensitivity, openness, and accuracy - and you don't even need to be a rabbi or a genius 🙂 Also, it's a googledoc, so feel free to add more questions or answers of your own!