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Students of MidLind

Meet Helyn Steppa

by Nathalie Kahn

Helyn Steppa

What did you eat for lunch today, and was it satisfying?

I made myself some eggs, and it was moderately satisfying.

Where are you from? Do you feel that sets you apart from all the other girls here?

I’m from Baltimore, Maryland. In some ways it sets me apart, because I didn’t go to yeshiva high school and I wasn’t very familiar with the seminary culture before this.

What is something unique about you?

I think I have a unique sense of humor. I tend to be very sarcastic, which can get me into strange situations.

What are you doing next year? Are you excited? Why do you feel this is a good fit for you?

I am going to Barnard next year. I think it’s a really good fit for me because of its strong Jewish community and its community of intelligent women.

What made you choose Lindenbaum?

I chose Lindenbaum because I heard that the learning was very serious, and it had an open environment that allowed people to question and be themselves.

Do you feel the people in Lindenbaum are different than those you have encountered in the past?

Yes, being an “out of towner” means there are slightly different cultural things.

Do you feel the people are inspiring you to grow in ways you wouldn’t otherwise?

Mostly, I’ve been pretty self driven, but I have had a lot of conversations which have driven my growth.

What is your favorite activity to do outside of school?

I love going to little shops and markets. I like looking at art and jewelry.

Do you feel you have had any religious epiphanies since you have arrived at Midreshet Lindenbaum?

The biggest thing I’ve realized is how much I don’t know, and how unsure I am in terms of my Jewish identity moving forward.

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