On October 7th, the University of Windsor Jewish Students Association (JSA), an Emet for Israel supported organization, hosted a “Meet & Greet” event for students on campus. The event was open to everyone, and was designed to give new and existing Jewish students a chance to meet. Additionally, the event gave non-Jewish students an opportunity to meet the JSA members and Jewish students on campus.
The atmosphere of the event was very relaxed. People were able to mingle have some free drinks and snacks. To emphasize the casual nature of the event, the Toronto Maple Leafs game was played in the background.
The Meet & Greet was largely successful. The University of Windsor has a very small Jewish population, but there was a good turnout.
The University of Windsor’s JSA was able to connect some of the students from the event with the local Chabad group that hosts Shabbat dinners every Friday night for students, with the hopes of helping them integrate with the university’s Jewish community.
The Meet & Greet was also created successful networking opportunities. There were over 30 students attend in total, and many of these students were from diverse backgrounds. Jewish and non-Jewish students expressed interest in the club and were eager to learn about upcoming events.