Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, recognized outstanding Hillel professionals that are leading the way in creating innovative programming and strengthening campus communities during this challenging time. Among those Hillel recognized this year was Ithaca College Hillel's Executive Director Lauren Goldberg. Lauren is also currently serving as Interim Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.
Hillel International named Lauren a Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence, which honors professionals whose remarkable passion and outstanding devotion to the Jewish campus community enrich the lives of Hillel students, ensures that the organization reflects a culture of excellence, and sets a standard for all Hillel professionals to emulate.
"Lauren represents Hillel at its best: uplifting and inspiring students, and building a thriving Jewish student community, ” said Hillel International President and CEO Adam Lehman. “Hillel’s mission is more important now than ever, which is why we’re elated to honor leaders like Lauren who go above and beyond in bettering the lives of Jewish students and their campus communities
The awardees, chosen because of how they symbolize Hillel’s culture of excellence, were honored before a virtual audience of over 1,000 Hillel professionals from around the world as part of Hillel International’s Global Assembly, an annual event that brings leaders together for professional development and networking.
Lauren is thrilled to have received such a prestigious award, and is grateful to Cantor Abbe Lyons, Board Chair and Alum Jessie Tonjes, Student President Isaac Schneider and former Student Co-President Aaron Segal for her nomination.