Hillel International Launches Search for New CEO as Eric Fingerhut Becomes Head of Jewish Federations of North America



May 16, 2019

WASHINGTON – Hillel International, the largest Jewish student organization in the world, announced today that President and CEO Eric D. Fingerhut will be leaving at the end of June to assume the position of President and CEO for the Jewish Federations of North America. Current Chief Operating Officer Adam Lehman will become Interim CEO, and Hillel will immediately launch a national search for a permanent successor.

“We are proud of Eric’s accomplishments and believe his appointment to lead JFNA is a testament to his success over the last five years at Hillel,” said Tina Price, chair of the Hillel International Board of Directors. “During his time with Hillel, Eric guided us through an ambitious strategic plan, focused on building the best talent in the Jewish world, and measuring our engagement to ensure excellence on every campus. We are excited to continue partnering with him in his new role.”

Since its founding in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students. Currently, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and strives to inspire every student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. It is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel engages student leaders on 550 colleges and universities in 18 countries around the world.

“We look forward to exploring candidates to lead Hillel into its second century,” Price said. “This is an incredible opportunity to build on Hillel’s achievements, and I’m confident we’re well positioned for success.”