The KU Hillel staff team joined 850 other Hillel professionals from around the world at the Hillel Global Assembly in Orlando, Florida from December 5 to 8.
The Hillel International Global Assembly gives Hillel professionals an opportunity to reflect on the past year, to celebrate great work being done on campuses, to think critically and thoughtfully, to make new goals for the year ahead and to learn from other campus professionals. Hillel International also recognizes individuals that best exemplify the movement’s mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students. This year, KU graduate and University of Hartford Hillel Executive Director, Jason Oruch was the recipient of the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award.
All five KU Hillel staff members attended the Global Assembly, yet there were even more Jayhawks present in Orlando. “It is so fun being a Jayhawk at Hillel conferences. We all have that special bond from graduating from KU. We were all involved in KU Hillel and now we are Hillel professionals. It’s pretty awesome to see our KU community so active in the Hillel and Jewish world,” says KU Hillel Engagement Associate Tori Luecking.
KU graduates currently represent Hillel on campuses all over the country including University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, University of Hartford and Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach.
The KU Hillel staff spent the week collaborating with professionals with similar roles on campus, learned about various professional development opportunities, and engaged in a Jewish learning led by Jewish professionals from across the field.
“One of my favorite parts of the conference was a workshop I attended called ‘Tzedakah to Tzedek.’ The session introduced different approaches of incorporating social justice into the work we do with students. It was great to hear about how other campuses go about doing this. I think it was useful in seeing what KU Hillel’s relationship to ‘tzedek’ is, especially with new student groups forming on campus such as Challah for Hunger.”