Hillel International Announces First Set of Springboard Fellowship Campuses



March 24, 2016

Today, Hillel International announced the 20 Hillels across North America that will host the first cohort of Springboard Fellows next fall. From urban centers in New York and Los Angeles to smaller towns in Urbana, IL and State College, PA, these Hillels represent a cross section of Jewish life on campus, and the perfect laboratories to train the next generation of Jewish professionals. Approximately 20 fellows, who will come to these campuses next fall, will receive hands-on mentorship, competitive compensation and dynamic professional development from local and national Hillel staff and experts from across the corporate and non-profit worlds as they pursue a two-year fellowship in either innovation or social media. The host Hillels have generously committed to pay a portion of the fellows’ salaries and provide these young leaders with excellent supervision along with the opportunity to experiment, grow and flourish on campus.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest we’ve received from Hillel campuses around the country,” said Mimi Kravetz, Hillel International’s Chief Talent Officer, who is overseeing the Springboard Fellowship. “Our professional leaders on campus recognize the essential need to bring these new skills to campus through attracting top notch young professionals, and finding a new way to teach them critical skills while also fostering their love of the Jewish community.  That’s why so many have stepped up to sponsor the first cohort of Springboard Fellows.”

Hillels who will be hosting Springboard Fellows in Innovation are: Queens College Hillel, New York, NY; Hillel at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA; The Ohio State University Hillel, Columbus, OH; Beach Hillel, Long Beach, CA; Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; UC San Diego Hillel, San Diego, CA; Vanderbilt Hillel, Nashville, TN; Hillel of Colorado, Denver, CO; George Washington University Hillel, Washington, DC; Penn State Hillel, State College, PA; Maryland Hillel, College Park, MD; Hillel at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and Helene G. Simon Hillel Center At Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  

Hillels who will be hosting Springboard Fellows in Social Media are: Central Florida Hillel, Oviedo, FL; Princeton Hillel, Center for Jewish Life, Princeton, NJ; Hillel Ontario, Toronto, Ontario; Hillel 818, Los Angeles, CA; University of Delaware, Newark, DE; Cohen Center Hillel at the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL; and The Bronfman Center at New York University, New York, NY.

The fellowship, which was announced by Hillel International earlier this month, is a new approach to attracting and training high-quality young professionals and strengthening the pipeline of young talent to organizations throughout the Jewish community. In this ‘Aleph’ or pilot year, 20 recent college graduates will work in the areas of social media and innovation while honing those areas of expertise and forming a commitment to the Jewish community through Jewish learning and direct service to one of the sponsoring campuses. The application for the first class of fellows has been extended and will close at midnight on Wednesday, March 30.

Fellowship participants will be jointly funded by Hillel International and by the local Hillel campuses that they serve. The fellowship launch is made possible in large part by a generous gift from the Pittsburgh-based Beacon and Shapira Foundations.


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