Hannah Held


Where are you from:

Troutdale, Oregon



Marketing with an emphasis in social outreach and my minor is Environmental Sustainability


Dream job:

Marketing for an environmentally conscious non-profit

Favorite quarantine activity:

Packing up to go home and puzzles to kill the time

What you will miss most about Chabad at NAU:

I will miss all the wonderful people that make up the Chabad community. The JCC and Chabad have made me feel more at home than I ever have before. I know that I have found my family here, and I will miss all of you greatly.


What are you looking forward to after graduation:

I am looking forward to going home and seeing my family again. I have a promising offer for a position with Bank of America, so working through the quarantine will keep me busy. Once the pandemic is over, I will be excited to catch up with old friends, and make new ones as well.

Advice for Jewish NAU Freshmen:

When I started at NAU, I had very little knowledge of Judaism. I had never been to temple, and hadn’t participated in any holidays besides Hanukkah. Once I heard about Chabad on campus I was excited to meet other Jewish kids my age. However, I let my fear of doing something wrong stand in the way of immersing myself into this program. I didn’t want to offend anyone, so I rarely went to Shabbat or any other events. I now know that the Rabbi’s are very understanding, and don’t get offended by your mistakes, they are joyful that you are learning. I wouldn’t trade this community for anything in the world, I just wish I had started participating earlier.

Favorite class and least favorite class:

As a marketing major, I had some eccentric professors. They are the ones who really make the classes interesting. You don’t have much choice over the classes you take, but you are able to choose your professors. Len Hostetter is amazing in all of his strategic marketing classes. You gain real-world experience by working with clients for the semester. My least favorite class was business ethics. Some of the sections were hard to follow, and Professor Redies didn’t teach in a style where I was able to learn.

Fun fact about you:

I was a competitive gymnast for 14 years, and I competed for the NAU gymnastics team.


If you had $10,000 to donate to Chabad, what would you like it to go towards?

I would want more classes to be taught through the JCC. This would help expand the involvement of many college students into different areas of the JCC. I was able to take part in both Sinai Scholars and a reading class for Hebrew. I would love for more students to get that opportunity. I also think some of the money should be allocated to different trips that Chabad could take together. I know that we have a huge New York trip, but a few smaller ones would be great for those who can’t take a week off of school, or afford such a huge excursion.


What do you want to say to the donors, Rabbis, Rebbetzins and to all those who support Chabad at NAU:

The only thing I can think to say is ‘Thank you!’ I know that each and every donor, Rabbi, and Rebbetzin has changed my life for the better. They made me feel welcome and allowed me to grow amazing friendships out of Shabbat dinners and other events. Everyone involved with Chabad and the JCC made me realize that I have a huge family right here in Flagstaff, and they would do almost anything for me, and I them. Being a part of Chabad has been amazing. Not only have I grown as a college student, but I have grown as a Jew as well. I owe it all to the donors, Rabbi’s, and Rebbetzin’s who made this possible.


What makes you proud about being Jewish:

I am proud to be Jewish for many reasons. It connects me to my grandparents in a way I never thought possible. I am also proud because of the amazing kindness of everyone I met through the JCC. I know that if I needed help, there would be people lined up out the door to try and help in any way possible. I am proud to be Jewish because I have finally found who I am. I have never felt so accepted and loved by a group. There is no judgment within the community… just more than enough love and support to touch everyone.