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“One of the best things about the campus”: The story behind The Pastry Room on Spring Street

In 2020, while many businesses were struggling to stay afloat, Aliia Ulukbek took a risk and opened a small pastry shop on Spring Street in Princeton. Two years later, The Pastry Room has come a long way from its pandemic beginning and is quickly establishing itself as a Princeton staple. 

In 2020, while many businesses were struggling to stay afloat, Aliia Ulukbek took a risk and opened a small pastry shop on Spring Street in Princeton. Two years later, The Pastry Room has come a long way from its pandemic beginning and is quickly establishing itself as a Princeton staple. 


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‘Meant to be’: Rabbi Gil Steinlauf ’91 returns to Princeton as the Executive Director of the CJL

When Rabbi Gil Steinlauf ’91 learned that the position of Executive Director of Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life (CJL) was open, he was “thunderstruck.” “We have an expression in Yiddish called bashert, which means ‘meant to be.’ And so I threw my hat in the ring,” he said. After serving as a pulpit rabbi for 25 years, this past July, Steinlauf returned to Princeton to take over as Executive Director of the CJL.

When Rabbi Gil Steinlauf ’91 learned that the position of Executive Director of Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life (CJL) was open, he was “thunderstruck.” “We have an expression in Yiddish called bashert, which means ‘meant to be.’ And so I threw my hat in the ring,” he said. After serving as a pulpit rabbi for 25 years, this past July, Steinlauf returned to Princeton to take over as Executive Director of the CJL.


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