WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 7, 2004) – The Board of Directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life has granted six Hillel Foundations accreditation, recognizing their adherence to Hillel's international standards.
Vancouver Hillel, Hillel of Silicon Valley, Michigan State University Hillel and Hillel at the University of South Florida all became accredited Hillels. Arizona State University Hillel and the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign Hillel received re-accreditation. To receive accreditation, Hillel Foundations must demonstrate compliance with standards of excellence in the areas of governance, student programs, communications, resources and management systems. The Hillel accreditation team – comprising an international center staff member, a student, a field staff member and a lay leader – also evaluates the Foundation's relationship with its university and local Jewish community.
The accreditation of these Hillels represents their continued dedication to serving Jewish students on campuses around the world," said Hillel President Avraham Infeld.
To date, Hillel has accredited 65 Foundations across the United States and Canada. These campuses represent a broad range of Foundation profiles: small and large schools, residential and commuter campuses, as well as public and private universities. Every Hillel has been assigned a date for participation, with the goal of accreditation for all Hillel Foundations.
The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is committed to creatively empowering and engaging Jewish students through its network of over 500 campus Foundations, Program Centers and affiliates. Its long-standing dedication to building Jewish identity, while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth in a pluralistic community, positions Hillel as a leader in building a stronger Jewish people and stronger Jewish future.