A Hillel home run

May 1, 2014

As our son’s four years at Johns Hopkins University come to a close, we have been reflecting upon his experience (“Bonds that Bind,” April 25). Baseball has always been an enormous part of his life, made all the more meaningful by his connections with coaches and teammates, but we never anticipated that he’d make a connection with Hillel through baseball.

And while he has formed connections with Hillel in non-baseball related ways, kudos really go to Rabbi Debbie Pine and assistant director Jon Falk and their staff for finding and welcoming Jewish students wherever they may be — on the field and off. The Hopkins Hillel is wonderfully inclusive and offers wide opportunities for student involvement and initiative. We cannot say enough positive things about its efforts to strengthen college students’ Jewish identity, whether or not they play baseball.

Shelly and Jeff Hettleman
Pikesville

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