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Jason Oruch, Director of Jewish Student Life, Hillel Director

Jason OruchJason is determined to create a Jewish community on campus where students are encouraged to discover and strengthen their Jewish identity. Before arriving at University of Hartford in summer of 2014, Jason was the director of student life of Hillel at University of Oklahoma where he oversaw programming and student engagement. In summer of 2012 Jason attended the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI), it was at BCI that Jason discovered his interest in experiential Jewish learning.  Attending BCI enhanced Jason's view of Jewish peoplehood and desire to create innovative educational initiatives for students. In 2012-2013 Jason participated in Hillel Internationals Harrison LAPID Fellowship, focused on creating student leadership initiatives surrounding social justice. During his time as a LAPID Fellow Jason created The Passion Project which connected student's passions to social justice through interactive training and sessions.  
Before working for Hillel, Jason served as the online marketing director of his father’s restaurant, Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill in Plano, Texas, creating social media campaigns and representing Sea Breeze in the community. Jason was involved in the Student Senate, Greek life, and KU Hillel at the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 2009. As a student representative on KU Hillel’s Board of Directors, Jason was first inspired to be a Hillel professional by the passion and dedication he saw from board members. 
Jason is enjoying life in New England and is happy to involved in the Greater Hartford Jewish Community as a teacher at JT Connect, a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and by frequently working out at the JCC gym. He is passionate about food, family, sports, and talking about Kansas basketball.
Feel free to e-mail Jason with any questions regaridng Jewish Life at University of Hartford, Oruch@hartford.edu