At the Capital Friends of Hillel event were (from left) Amb. Stuart Bernstein, Wilma Bernstein, Gary Cohn, Arlene Kogod, Robert Kogod, Wayne L. Firestone, Nancy Duber, Marc Duber.
Over 100 supporters of Hillel – new and old - attended the recent Capital Friends of Hillel Reception at the home of Ambassador Stuart and Wilma Bernstein in Washington, D.C. Joining the Bernsteins in chairing this inaugural event were Hillel Board of Directors members Nancy and Marc Duber, and International Board of Governors members Arlene and Robert Kogod.
Goldman Sachs President and COO Gary Cohn, the keynote speaker, discussed global economic trends and spoke passionately about the importance of Hillel in building a strong Jewish identity. Mr. Cohn recently demonstrated his own commitment to Jewish continuity and Hillel by dedicating the new Hillel building at Kent State University in honor of his parents. Mr. Cohn, a graduate and trustee of American University, has strong ties to the D.C. area.
Jennifer Chestnut, executive director of the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent attended the Capital Friends Reception, along with her colleagues Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth, executive director of George Washington University Hillel, and Rabbi Ari Israel, executive director of University of Maryland Hillel.
Several Hillel student leaders from local campuses were also on hand to share stories of their meaningful Jewish experiences with Hillel – from Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, to Alternative Spring Breaks in needy communities, to traditional Jewish activities like peer-led Shabbat services.
Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone reminded the crowd that with 90 percent of Jewish young adults attending college, Hillel is uniquely positioned to help shape the next generation of Jewish leaders. By enriching the lives of students and young people on 500 campuses and in communities around the world, Hillel is providing resources and opportunities to more than 400,000 emerging adults.