Jeremy Brochin leads a 2006 Alternative Break group to restore homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Penn Hillel will lose its director of 23 years, as Jeremy Brochin is retiring at the end of this school year.
Brochin has been at Hillel for 36 years, and in that time, the school has seen various changes in the Jewish community, including the opening of Steinhardt Hall as Penn Hillel in 2003.
Hillel has become a destination "not only for Jewish students but for other students as well, and intercultural and interfaith activity," Brochin said.
Partnerships between the Jewish community and other Penn entities, including the LGBT Center, the Greenfield Intercultural Center and others, are "natural now and [are] part of the fabric of the University, which is pretty cool," he said.
Seeing graduated students' contributions to the Jewish community and the community at large remains "exciting," he said.
In his time at Penn, Brochin has also served as a mentor to students.
"Jeremy is always there to listen and help, and knows how to deal with people better than anyone I know," College junior and Penn Hillel President Naomi Kaplan wrote in an e-mail. "No crisis is too big, or any personality too difficult, to faze him."
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