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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.

Carly Hoss, Experiential Learning Coordinator

Carly HossMy name is Carly Hoss and I am the Experiential Learning Coordinator for UHart Hillel. I’m also super excited to become a Hawk myself this fall when I start my graduate studies in Elementary Education! I can’t wait to be a part of this wonderful student community & the greater campus.

So about myself: I grew up in Cromwell, CT, grew up in synagogue life in Middletown,CT and went on for my undergraduate degree at University of Connecticut at the Storrs branch.  I studied Human Development & Family Studies and loved dabbling in English lit classes and American Sign Language.  I officially became third generation Hillel when I went to UConn. (Fun facts: My grandfather had to pay dues back in the day to belong to his Hillel at Ryder College in the 1940s, and my mom’s hair was the definition of the 1980s in her photos at UConn.) I studied, noshed, and essentially lived in my Hillel all four years of college being on the student board, then becoming student president, and then becoming the Jewish Education Intern my senior year.

Post graduation I worked many awesome, unique jobs ranging from camp to group home to public adjustment firm to synagogue, and now finally landed in a place where I know even more about myself, my passions, and the next phase of life. It was always my goal to be a Hillel professional and to go back to school and now I can incorporate my passions into one place, which is the University of Hartford. I am very blessed.

My Jewish identity has been forever changing and dynamic, thanks to my experiences in education at synagogues, UConn Hillel, founding the Moishe House in West Hartford, along with attending Jewish conferences from one coast of the country to the other, that I am now ready to embrace all the passion & fun that comes with UHart Hillel.