Happy Wednesday, Deac families! It was supposed to be rainy today but it has been a mix of sun and clouds and very warm. There have been tons of campus tours of late. Seems like every time I’m on the Quad, there are multiple tour groups running. We are heavy into visit season, with high schoolers on spring break and trying to squeeze in college visits while they can still see class in session.
Great news emerged from campus yesterday, and that is that one of our own was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Abdulmalik Obaid (’15), a physics major, will study in Cambridge next year in this prestigious program.
For the philatelists out there, a new Maya Angelou stamp was unveiled. Dr. Angelou had been Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest for more than 30 years. She passed away last June, but she made indelible marks on the students she taught.
This afternoon there will be a special series of events sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain:
Wednesday, April 8 with Rafi Spitzer, Rabbinical Student
4:15 pm. “Ask the Young Rabbi” – Question & Answer Session. Rafi. Reynolda Hall 17
5:00 pm. Mezuzah Ceremony, Jewish Life Office. Rafi and Gail. Reynolda Hall 17A
5:15 pm. Torah Processional. Dance the WFU Torah to its new home in Davis Chapel. Starting at 5:15 pm in Reynolda Hall 17
Rafi Spitzer is a student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York studying to be a Rabbi. Both of his parents are Rabbis, as well as his grandfather.
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Anthropology, Rafi worked for two years as an educator at the Reform synagogue Temple Beth Elohim of Wellesley, MA. Rafi is certified as a Mikvah Guide (a facilitator of ritual immersions) by Mayyim Hayyim, the first liberal mikvah in the country. He is a long time staff member at Camp Ramah in New England, and works at the Atria, an old age home in New York on Friday afternoons. Rafi loves to cook and to travel. He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife, Rachael Besser, who teaches second grade in a charter school in Harlem.
It’s a beautiful day to be at Wake Forest!