Hillel mourns the passing of Julian Sandler, the beloved chairman of the Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Board of Directors, who lost a brief, intense struggle with illness. He was 64.
“Julian had a gift for blending his keen analytical abilities with his genuine warmth and humor. He believed in the critical importance of transmitting yiddishkeit from generation to generation and modeled what it means to be a proud, knowledgeable committed Jew with menschlichkeit,” wrote Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone in a message to staff.
During his 15 years of leadership, Mr. Sandler brought commitment, wisdom and vision to Hillel. As a member of the International Board of Governors, treasurer and vice chair of the Board of Directors, and as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, he guided Hillel’s growth and assured a brighter future for Jewish students worldwide.
In one of his final acts, Mr. Sandler established The Julian Sandler Endowment for Executive Leadership Development which will support Hillel’s training, executive leadership development, mentoring, coaching and evaluation program for its most promising new Hillel directors. This endowment reflects the devotion of Julian and his wife Nina to Hillel’s work in inspiring Jewish students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life
Julian Sandler was the founder and President of Rent-a-PC, Inc. – later renamed SmartSource Computer and A/V Rentals. -- a nationwide provider of short-term computer, audio-visual and technology rentals to the IT community. He was a past president and an active member of the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a board member of the Fay J. Linder assisted living complex at the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center and a member of the Rabbinical School Board of Overseers at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Hillel extends its deepest condolences to Mrs. Sandler, sons Ian (Mackenzie) and Joel (Michelle), his grandchildren, and to the entire Sandler family.
If you would like to make a gift in Julian Sandler's memory, Hillel will inform the Sandler family.
Firestone Message to staff.
Friends Remember Julian.
New York Jewish Week Notice.
z"l Stands for zichrono lebracha, a traditional Hebrew phrase meaning "may his memory be a blessing."