Northwestern student Marisa Johnson addressed the 2009 JFNA GA.
Hillel will bring an unprecedented number of Jewish college students to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly. More than 600 students from 96 campuses and representing at least 80 Jewish federations will attend the New Orleans conference, the most important annual event on the Jewish communal calendar.
The size of the student delegation reflects Hillel's close partnership with JFNA at the local and national level. JFNA CEO Jerry Silverman and Board of Trustees Chair Kathy Manning have both prioritized involving young people in JFNA activities. Hillels are working closely with their local Federations to coordinate delegations and to integrate students into their GA activities.
The students include 135 Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni, 67 Alternative Break alumni, 76 Masa Israel Journey alumni, 211 Jewish camp alumni.
Hillel students will participate in the Tuesday Day of Service organized by Repair the World. Since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Hillel has sent more than 4,000 student volunteers to help restore the Gulf Region during Alternative Breaks.
Students will be fully integrated into all GA sessions with four sessions offered specifically for students. On November 7, students will enjoy a Hillel Student Leadership Delegation Dinner
(7-8:15 p.m.) and a
late night Conversation with Hillel President Wayne L. Firestone
(10 p.m.-12 p.m.). Student Career Networking Breakfast Roundtables
will be held on Monday, November 8 (7-8:30 a.m.) in which Hillel student leaders will have the opportunity to interact with prominent members of the Jewish community working in Jewish and secular fields. A Student Resource Fair
will be held at breakfast on Tuesday, November 9 from 7-8:30 a.m.
At the event, six students and two campuses will receive the Philip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Exemplar of Excellence Awards. Parallel to the GA, Harvard Hillel Executive Director Bernie Steinberg will receive an award from the Covenant Foundation.