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Eight Hillel Directors Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

by Hillel News |Dec 13, 2011|Comments
Top Campus Hillel Professionals to Receive Professional Development, Support from Organization's Global Headquarters

WASHINGTON, DC - Hillel's Schusterman International Center is pleased to announce that eight campus Hillel Directors have been accepted as David M. Cohen Fellows in the inaugural cohort of this prestigious Fellowship. Through the generosity of Abby and David Cohen, the David M. Cohen Fellowship guarantees that Hillel's highest-performing and highest-potential directors are supported with tools to strengthen and sharpen their skills, resulting in greater professional excellence and increased capacity for the Hillels they lead.

The inaugural cohort of the David M. Cohen Fellowship includes Ari Dubin, Vanderbilt Hillel; Serena Eisenberg, Hillel at Stanford; Shana Kantor, Hillel at Binghamton; Adam Naftalin-Kelman, U.C. Berkeley Hillel; Phil Nordlinger, Hillel at Temple University; Alon Shalev, San Francisco Hillel; Josh Snyder, Goucher College Hillel; and Gerald Sorokin, University of Iowa Hillel.

"Over the course of our long involvement with Hillel, Abby and I have seen the difference that skilled and passionate directors can make in providing meaningful Jewish experiences that help shape the lives of Jewish students. We are proud to be able to play a significant role in the ongoing professional development of Hillel directors who have proven to be exceptional and innovative leaders," said David Cohen.

The fellowship commences with a launch seminar in February, to be held at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington, DC and runs through August 2013. At the outset of the program, the Cohen Fellows will undergo a 360-degree professional evaluation by students, lay leaders, staff and other stakeholders. The results of these evaluations will be used to create an educational arc for the Fellows' work with internationally certified professional coaches. Each Cohen Fellow will also be assigned a mentor from Hillel's top leadership: a member of either Hillel's International Board of Governors or Board of Directors. The Fellows will have an opportunity to get to know and learn from exemplary volunteer leaders who understand Hillel's goals, methodologies and vision. Upon successful completion of the first twelve months of the Fellowship, each Fellow will be able to access up to $2,500 from a resource pool for further professional development.

"We are extremely excited about the caliber of directors in our inaugural cohort of Cohen Fellows. We look forward to this program enriching the professional lives of these talented directors," said Hillel Executive Vice President Scott Brown.

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Hillel is the largest organization in the world with a focus on university-age Jews, serving young adults at more than 550 colleges and communities in the North America, South America, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. Hillel seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. For more information visit www.hillel.org.

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