This week, four different Hillel programs were recognized for their innovation and success in the 2014-2015 Slingshot Guide. Considered to be amongst the most prestigious types of recognition for a Jewish communal organization, Slingshot is an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. First published in 2005, Slingshot continues to highlight those organizations in Jewish life with particular resonance among the next generation.
The four Hillel honorees this year were University of Maryland Hillel Fellowships, the Jewish Renaissance Project at Penn Hillel, George Washington University Hillel’s ‘Gather the Jews’ project and the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh’s J’Burgh project.
“The creative and innovative work Hillel continues to do on 550 campuses around the world is shaping the Jewish community and having an impact well beyond the campus. We are immensely proud of the programs recognized by Slingshot, and by all of the Hillel programs rooted in a celebration of Jewish life, learning and Israel,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut.
Julie Finkelstein, Associate Director of Slingshot, added, “Every year, we hear how honored organizations are to be included in the Slingshot Guide. But the truth is, the honor is ours. The Slingshot Guide shines a light on innovative change agents in the Jewish community. The programs they facilitate are uniquely and creatively meeting the needs of today’s Jewish community, and we hope that their inclusion in the Slingshot Guide will generate excitement and further energize their work."
About the Slingshot Guide
The Slingshot Guide, now in its tenth year, was created by a team of young funders as a guidebook to help funders of all ages diversify their giving portfolios to include the most innovative and effective organizations, programs and projects in North America. The Guide contains information about each organization’s origin, mission, strategy, impact and budget, as well as details about its unique character. The Slingshot Guide has proven to be a catalyst for next generation funding and offers a telling snapshot of shifting trends in North America's Jewish community – and how nonprofits are meeting new needs and reaching new audiences. The book, published annually, is available in hard copy and as a free download at www.slingshotfund.org.