Hillel International Launches Extensive Professional Development Program to Train Future Jewish Leaders

November 16, 2016

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


Hillel International today launches Hillel U – a cutting-edge professional continuing education program that will be among the most extensive in the Jewish communal world. Hillel U will enhance Hillel’s ability to retain top tier talent, and allow it to better serve students on hundreds of campuses across the country and around the world. The program, which is initially funded with $10 million in new investments, will launch at the Hillel International Global Assembly in Orlando next month.

Thanks in part to a launch gift from The Leonard J. Kaplan Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, Hillel U will build community and collaboration among the 1,000 professionals working for Hillel on campus and its Schusterman International Center through in-person and online courses, convenings and immersive experiences.

The first phase of Hillel U will establish the Center for Jewish and Israel Education, funded through a multi-year grant from the Maimonides Fund. This Center will be the largest within Hillel U, and will have the capacity to engage 1,000 Hillel professionals in Jewish learning each year. Trainings will enhance Hillel professionals’ Jewish fluency, as well as the educational skills needed to make Jewish life exciting and relevant for young Jews.

With Hillel U, Hillel International will attract more talented professionals to the Hillel movement, support their training and success on campus, and ultimately benefit the entire Jewish world as these well-trained, talented professionals go on to serve other positions throughout the Jewish nonprofit sector. Hillel is the largest entry-level employer among major Jewish organizations, and Hillel’s top professionals are sought after by foundations, federations, schools, camps and synagogues.

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Updated: Nov. 23, 2016