Abi Dauber Sterne.
Educator and Jewish communal leader Abi Dauber Sterne will join Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life as vice president for Global Jewish Experience, a position that will integrate Hillel’s global educational and engagement efforts.
“We are thrilled that Abi will become a member of the Hillel family,” says Hillel President and CEO Wayne L. Firestone. “She is one of the Jewish community’s most talented rising stars and will bring a unique global perspective to Hillel’s wide array of initiatives and services.”
“I am excited to work with Hillel groups across the globe,” says Sterne. “College students represent the future of Jewish life and community, and Hillel is the most critical agency empowering and educating these students to help shape and build this future."
In this newly created senior-level position, Sterne will work closely with Hillel's Senior Jewish Educators program, Student Peer Engagement initiatives, the Center for Israel Engagement, Israel Fellows program, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Weinberg Tzedek Hillel and Hillel’s many Alternative Break trips. In addition, she will lead Hillel’s Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience.
Sterne obtained both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She was one of the first graduates of the Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership, a management and leadership training program developed by UJA-Federation of New York and the NYU School of Public Service.
Sterne was a Hillel leader at the University of Pennsylvania and participated in Hillel's Charles Schusterman International Student Leaders Assembly. "Now, many years later, I still consider those few days to have been a critically influential experience on my understanding of a broad and multi-faceted Jewish life," she says. "It was the kind of experience that broadened and opened me up to the immense possibilities Jewish tradition has to offer."
Sterne most recently served as the director of the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows program at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel, a year-long program for directors and senior managers of key Jewish communal agencies leaders in Jewish education and social innovation from around the world. She was founding director of Limmud NY, which includes a four-day festival of Jewish learning and culture that attracts more than 700 people as well as smaller Limmud events throughout the year. She also served both as planning executive and planning coordinator of the Caring Commission of the UJA-Federation of New York.
She has served as a volunteer with The Eden Center, Yeshivat Hadar, Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership Advisory Committee, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), and Congregation Darkhei Noam.
Sterne and her husband Abe Sterne, a psychologist, have two children. Currently residing in Jerusalem, they will move to the United States this summer.