When Lauren Goldberg was appointed Executive Director of Ithaca College Hillel, a private college campus with more than 1,000 Jewish students in 2017, she found the multitude of issues that needed to be addressed overwhelming. How could she effectively fundraise, recruit students, and develop new and engaging programming on her own? She soon realized that she was not alone, as the support provided by Mosaic United’s Campus Pillar helped her find her footing.
“I am so thankful to Mosaic United for its transformational support of the students at Ithaca College Hillel,” said Goldberg. “Programs like the Springboard Innovation Fellowship and Jewish Learning Fellowship have given us the opportunity to achieve aspirational goals that once seemed impossible and having high quality Jewish education on campus has revolutionized our organization.”
Goldberg explains that the turnaround began when Ithaca College Hillel leveraged Springboard to on-board Austin Reid, a talented and dedicated student who instantly doubled their capacity to inspire other Jewish students on campus. “Austin’s implementation of his ‘Global Faces of Judaism’ series speaks to Mosaic United's value of connecting transnational Jewry. It is easy to illustrate the ways in which Austin embodies the best of what Mosaic United hopes their campus partners will offer as an easy entry point to Jewish experiences. Every day. he inspires students at Ithaca College to see the interdependency of our Jewish Lives in the lives of those in our immediate and global community through large scale programs as well as one-on-one engagement.”
She also notes that the implementation of a high-quality program like the Jewish Learning Fellowship would have been absolutely unthinkable without the support of Mosaic United. “When our JLF cohort began, neither they nor I could believe our good fortune. Watching our JLF students create meaningful connections to each other, Torah, the Jewish calendar and Judaism in their daily lives has been spectacular.”