Hillel, CSU’s Jewish student organization, held their first
Lunch and Learn with Larry meeting at noon on Tuesday in the Lory
The luncheon, which is a new Hillel project, featured Rabbi
Larry Denmark, who led the discussions. About a dozen students and
adults, several of them of the Christian faith, attended this first
session to discuss many different topics and perspectives that
revolve around the concept of the afterlife.
The presentation did not define the concept of afterlife, but
rather allowed the attendees to converse on their opinions of the
afterlife, ranging from reincarnation to the existence of hell.
“The students picked the Jewish concept of afterlife as a theme
for this session. They wanted to have something separate from Torah
study to attend,” Denmark said.
Hillel started Lunch and Learn with Larry to further students’
knowledge and strengthen their perspective of the Jewish
Rachael Osofsky, who works for Hillel, is excited about the
monthly sessions because she believes it will give Jewish students
a chance to discuss more than the Torah.
“We’ve been doing the Torah portions every other Friday for a
few years and people like those sessions a lot. We thought that
people would like to learn other aspects of Judaism with the Lunch
and Learn with Larry session,” Osofsky said.
For senior psychology major and Jewish student Rachel Singer,
the session and other Hillel activities have helped her strengthen
her faith as well as expose her to other worldly perspectives.
“My freshman year, Hillel had a series called The Meaning of
Life and I thought that was an amazing series. I love going to
things like this and getting a better understanding of different
backgrounds,” Singer said.
Hillel hopes to run the Lunch and Learn with Larry series about
once a month with a different topic featured at each session.
Although the topics discussed during Lunch and Learn with Larry
revolve around the Jewish religion and culture, students of any
background are more than welcome to attend.
“They’re open for everyone who wants to learn a different
perspective,” Osofsky said.