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'We Want to Be for Everyone' - Hillel Embraces Jews of All Backgrounds

UB Spectrum, September 16th, 2020


Before coming to college, Sari Arrow had never been away from her family for the Jewish High Holidays.

She was unsure what to expect when she arrived at UB.

But Arrow, a sophomore psychology major, decided to get out of her comfort zone and attend Rosh Hashanah services at Hillel of Buffalo, a multi-faceted organization which provides a platform for Jewish students at UB to connect with their religious and cultural roots. 

Arrow said she found Hillel at a time when she was looking for community. That sense of community exists today, even as she takes classes from home because of COVID-19.

“Hillel has helped me make UB my home away from home,” Arrow said. “As a freshman, UB seemed like such a big place with a million things to do and so many people to meet. When I started going to Hillel more often, I found myself becoming close friends with people who go there and the staff. They helped me navigate through my freshman year and created a sense of community for me and my friends.”

Hillel of Buffalo Hires Macie Clawson, Springboard Innovation Specialist

June 9, 2020



Macie Clawson, a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, will be joining the Hillel of Buffalo staff as the Springboard Innovation Specialist. Macie was an active leader at KU Hillel and brings to this position a passion for student engagement, social justice, and education.


Macie earned a BA from KU in 2020, with a double major in Political Science and Jewish Studies, and earned an Honors Certificate. She spent a semester abroad studying at Tel Aviv University. Deeply involved in campus life, Macie served as a KU Hillel intern for three years and was a member of the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board and the KU Arabic Club.

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