Currently Wake Forest's Hillel has approximately 115 student members and roughly 20 faculty members. In the last few years, the number of Jewish students attending WFU has been steadily increasing.
Beginning with the first week back to school, Hillel hosts a monthly Bagel Brunch for students and faculty to mingle and keep in touch. The school year always starts off with a bang. Temple Emanuel, a Reform Synagogue in Winston-Salem welcomes all members to their High Holiday services. We get together to both start and break the fast for Yom Kippur, and arrange for carpooling to and from each service. We are also lucky enough to have our own Sukkah that stays up throughout the entire Sukkot holiday. Once the holiday season has passed, we get together every few weeks for special events, and of course the bagel brunches! We love to end the semester off with a special Hanukkah treat for all of the members as well.
The spring semester is where Hillel's presence on campus really becomes known. We continue our monthly brunches, but the majority of our energy is focused on our Passover Seder. In Spring 2010, the Office of Multicultural Affairs joined us in hosting an Interfaith Seder that had 80 students in attendance (with more on the wait list). We hope to be able to continue this tradition, and even create new ones!
We are also lucky to have tremendous support from the Office of the Chaplain. Chaplain Tim Auman is extremely helpful in all of our endeavors, especially putting up the Sukkah. With the addition of Rabbi Michael Gisser, Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life, we expect Jewish culture at Wake Forest to grow and thrive even more than it already has.