Hillel professionals from around the world will convene in Stamford, Connecticut, December 18-21 for "Hillel Inspired," the 2005 Professional Staff Conference. The highlight of the event will be a discussion of the findings of the Strategic Planning Process as Hillel prepares a final report for approval by the Board of Directors.
Under the chairmanship of two field professionals -- Kent State Hillel Executive Director Jennifer Chestnut and University of Florida Executive Director Keith Dvorchik - the conference has been designed to include several innovations to help professionals better serve Jewish students. An array of outside experts will present intensive, three-hour workshops on everything from marketing to risk management to fundraising. Professionals will be able to participate in experiential Jewish learning sessions that can serve as models for "meaningful Jewish experiences" on their campuses. Panelists from innovative Jewish organizations will share their perspectives in a plenary session on engaging Jews who are not currently involved in the community. Professionals will have plenty of time with their colleagues to discuss issues that are particular to their Hillel specialties.
The conference will feature a special performance by The LeeVees, a rock band that recently released its first CD "Hanukkah Rocks." The LeeVees is currently on tour with The Barenaked Ladies.