Paul F. '16
I used to identify as half-Catholic and half-Jewish because my parents come from those two backgrounds. After spending years being dragged to church by my father’s mother, and learning about The Church and Christianity’s history, I found myself gravitating toward Judaism.
When I first began college, I was not thinking much about religion or my involvement in it. That all changed during my first Passover on campus! It was the first time I had been to Chabad on Fulton. It was a fresh experience for someone like me who kind of identified as Jewish and knew some of what that entailed.
Never before had I experienced a proper Passover. While slightly rattled by the welcoming atmosphere and friendly vibe, I adjusted and became a part of the regular group quickly. I became close to people I had never met before and solidified lasting friendships while getting more involved in Judaism.
Last year, I experienced a difficult time in my personal life. Rabbi Daniel, with whom I’d become close, kept in contact with me and offered a shoulder to cry on and strong advice to help me through.
Rabbi Daniel and Dalia have been my home away from home and are always welcoming. They have helped me grow in discovering my Judaism and as a man. I do not think I would be in the place I am right now, as I graduate, without them.