Hillel professionals, campuses recognized at Hillel International Global Assembly



December 12, 2019

Hillel International presented more than 20 awards to its talented professionals and campuses at its sixth-annual Global Assembly, held at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. More than 1,100 professionals, stakeholders and partners attended the conference.

Hillel recognized eight campus professionals with the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award for engaging students and building dynamic Jewish communities on campus.

One of those awardees, Rabbi Megan GoldMarche, senior Base Hillel rabbi and director of strategic development at Metro Chicago Hillel, was lauded for creating authentic and pluralistic Jewish experiences, especially for those on the periphery of Jewish life. Rabbi GoldMarche has opened her home for Shabbat dinners, conversations about Judaism and gender, back-to-school barbecues and the 10-week Jewish Learning Fellowship.

In addition, eight Hillels were recognized for numerous achievements, including creativity in fundraising, efforts to collaborate with campus organizations and innovative engagement methods.

Syracuse University Hillel and Greater Portland Hillel were awarded the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award, which includes a $1,000 gift to bolster campus success.

These campus Hillels successfully engaged 70% of the Jewish undergraduate students on campus at least once and engaged 30% of Jewish undergraduate students in either six or more experiences or one high-impact program.  

Several Hillel professionals were honored with the Milestone Award for serving campus Jewish communities for 20 years or more.

Below is a complete list of winners:

Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award Recipients

Jason Benkendorf, Executive Director at American University Hillel  

Michelle Brownstein Horowitz, Campus Director at North Carolina Hillel

Megan GoldMarche, Senior Base Rabbi and Director of Strategic Development at Metro Chicago Hillel

Rachel Hillman, Assistant Director of Northwestern University Hillel

Julianne Miller, Director of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hillel

Rabbi Aaron Lerner, Executive Director at Hillel at University of California, Los Angeles

Rabbi Ari Weiss, Executive Director of Cornell University Hillel 

Shana Zionts, Assistant Director at Columbia University/ Barnard College Hillel


Campus Award Recipients

The Campus Partnership Award: Yale University Hillel

The Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz Innovation Award: Hillel Moscow

The Innovation in Fundraising Award: Penn State Hillel

The Israel Education and Engagement Award: Stanford University Hillel

The Great Place to Work Award: Elon University Hillel

The Joseph Meyerhoff Award for Jewish Educational Vision: Boston University Hillel

The Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award: Greater Portland Hillel and Syracuse University Hillel


Milestone Award Recipients

Jennifer Chestnut, Campus Support Director at Hillel International

Rabbi Andrea Steinberger, Rabbi at University of Wisconsin Hillel


Diane Redman Pfahler, Director of Operations at Michigan University Hillel

Philip Schlossberg, Executive Director at Purdue University Hillel

Greg Steinberger, Executive Director at University of Wisconsin Hillel

Amy Olson, Executive Director at University of Rhode Island Hillel

Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg, Executive Director at Indiana University Hillel