How Parents Can Get Involved
A Mother's Message
At 18 years old, I felt so con dent and prepared to leave my parents, to leave my home, and live life my way. As my parents hugged me goodbye and got into their car, emptied of my belongings, I was shocked at my own tears and the hollow feeling in my gut. I had been so ready.
That unsettling feeling of separation, transition, and independence visited me again 20 years later when I brought my eldest daughter to her first dorm room. I hugged her goodbye and got into my car emptied of her belongings. My tears, each one a word of love or wisdom I have not yet shared with her, still ow at the memory of parting. It hurt a lot more the second time around.
As it turned out, I wasn’t ready to be self-suf cient and neither is my daughter. Is anyone ever ready to be without the support of family and community? My parents left me on my campus parking lot, but they didn’t leave me alone.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, my parents had set in motion the most meaningful gift I would ever receive. They called the Chabad on Campus Rabbi who then reached out to welcome me. They had linked me into the chain of Jewish tradition—the warmth of a Jewish home and the love and concern of the Rabbi and Rebbetzin.
As the Chabad emissaries to Columbia University since 1997, my husband Rabbi Yonah and I are here for you and your children. The college years present a wondrous time of development and transition during which we serve myriad roles including teacher, liaison, counselor, and safety net between a student’s childhood home and the home they will eventually establish.
We look forward to hearing from you and working in partnership to create the best home away from home for Columbia’s Jewish young adults, your children!
- Rebbetzin Keren Blum
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