Monday, June 9, was truly a banner day for Hillel International. It began with the kickoff of our new Hillel Changemakers initiative – a luncheon featuring Interfaith Youth Core’s Eboo Patel, Tulane University’s Scott S. Cowen and Yvette M. Jones, and NYU Hillel’s Rabbi Yehuda Sarna. In the early evening, we reconnected with more than 125 alum from nearly 50 campuses across the NY tri-state area at our Young Alumni Affair, and that night, we celebrated at a record-breaking Hillel International Renaissance Gala.
During the Gala, we celebrated honoree Mark R. Shenkman, along with award recipients Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit of Tufts Hillel, and Tulane University's Scott S. Cowen and Yvette M. Jones. We also paid tribute to the legacy of Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l, in a way that truly touched his family and the professionals who knew him best.
Among other highlights from the evening: welcoming celebrity guests Paula Abdul and Tommy Lasorda, and 613 Gala attendees, including 27 tables from local campuses. With gratitude to our generous supporters, we were thrilled to have raised more than 2.2 million dollars.
Enjoy the video below, which was shown during the Gala program, and showcases Hillel’s past, present and future. We hope you’ll help us keep the celebration going by signing our birthday card.