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OUR MISSION o develop relationships, communities, and experiences that empower Jewish students at T UVA to take ownership of their Jewish identity.
By being part of our inclusive, welcoming community on Grounds, students will practice incorporating Judaism into their lives.
Because of their experiences with Judaism in college, we hope Hillel alumni continue to actively include Judaism in their adulthood.
VALUES & STRATEGIES: LEARNING Learning is about students’ rigorous engagement with Jewish history, texts, and ideas. We hope that through providing learning opportunities, students develop an informed Jewish identity and find their place within the larger Jewish peoplehood and narrative.
BELONGING Belonging is about students feeling truly at home in a Jewish community where they can be their authentic selves, develop deep personal relationships, learn how to communicate and be welcoming, and feel comfortable exploring new ideas and practices.
GROWTH Growth is about empowerment and leadership development, helping students become active Jewish adults, and empowering them during this crucial time of identity formation. Whatever a student’s Jewish experience was before college, we want to help them grow as people and Jews.
PLURALISM Pluralism means valuing multiple expressions of Jewish identity and creating a unified community that honors the diversity of experience, belief, and backgrounds of its members. It also means learning how to disagree with compassion, kindness, and in a constructive manner.
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
This year we’re showcasing the important work our Hillel does through this magazine-style publication. This piece serves as an update on the past year, as well as an introduction to the students we serve and the vibrant community we’ve built together for Jewish life at UVA.
Scott Rosen Vice President Treasurer
A LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR /3 2020-2021 IMPACT SUMMARY & BUDGET /4 NEWISH & JEWISH: INNOVATION AT THE BJC /5 BOOKS THAT INFORMED OUR YEAR /7 RECIPE: COOKING RUGELAH WITH HILLELFRESH /8 STUDENT FEATURE: FINDING HER VOICE /9
Federico Cohen Freue Board President
Gwen Goodkin Secretary Kate Belza O’Bannon Sherrill Berk Stuart Berman Daniel Brody Jenny David Matt Gillam David Haas Lisa Kava Sam Magnes Debbie Poliner Peter Sheras Chloe Suzman
STUDENT FEATURE: THE REGULARS /10 STUDENT FEATURE: “IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE PEOPLE” /11 STUDENT FEATURE: A JEWISH LIFE OF HER OWN /12 IMAGES: THE BERMAN STUDENT CENTER /13 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE WITH THE BJC /14 Q&A WITH UVA’S ADMISSIONS OFFICE /15 A LETTER FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT /16 ALUMNI FEATURE: JEWISH WOMEN’S GROUP /17 HOOS IN ISRAEL /18 IN MEMORY & IN HONOR DONATIONS /19 DONOR LIST /20
Rabbi Jake Rubin Executive Director Paige Simunek Assistant Director Danielle Buynak Horner Director of Development Annie Weinberg Springboard Innovation Fellow Doris Ovadia Jewish Agency for Israel Israel Fellow Lisa Zangla Operations Manager
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES / BACK PAGE
LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As we began this strange year, there were three overarching goals at the forefront of our thinking – to keep staff and students safe, continue to be relevant to our students, and survive this difficult stretch so we could hit the ground running when this was all over. We didn’t just meet these goals – we exceeded them. For an organization whose core strategy is predicated on building authentic, strong relationships and communities, a year of virtual programming and isolation could have been an insurmountable obstacle. I am proud to say that our staff and student leaders demonstrated incredible creativity and resiliency this year, rising to the challenge to provide meaningful Jewish connection during an uncertain time. The pandemic challenged Hillel as an organization in many different ways, but it also helped us focus on our mission and core values. Through keeping our core values of belonging, learning, and growth front and center, we were able to support our students and help them grow through this difficult year. Throughout this report you will read stories of how staff and students were able to implement our mission and values in authentic and impactful ways. However, our most important accomplishment this year was providing a safe community for students struggling with isolation and mental health issues through the pandemic. It was only because of our emphasis on building relationships, caring for the whole student, and making space for caring communities that we were trusted to be part of students’ lives during this critical time. And it is because students trust Hillel that we are able to effectively engage them in meaningful Jewish ways. When students feel a sense of belonging, they begin to understand the joy and meaning Judaism offers and they open up to learning about and trying new ways to engage with being Jewish. Our team spent untold hours supporting students one-on-one while also designing successful new initiatives to promote student wellness and help students feel less alone. Over and over, this year demonstrated the tremendous power of community and belonging and validated our primary operational strategy of putting student relationships first. As we plan to reopen fully and welcome students back to Grounds, the time we spent this past year will continue to give us clarity of purpose and guide us forward. As always, I want to thank you. Your generosity and steadfast support enables us to do this incredibly important work. Together, we are helping students understand the power of truly belonging to a caring and vibrant Jewish community.
Rabbi Jake Rubin ‘02 Executive Director
Rabbi Jake Rubin has been the Executive Director for the Brody Jewish Center since 2009. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Jake holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. In 2009, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. 3
REACH OUT TO RABBI JAKE AT JAKE@BRODYJEWISHCENTER.ORG
IMPACT BY BY THE THE NUMBERS NUMBERS IMPACT
Of course numbers don’t tell the whole story, but here are a few standout stats from 2020-2021. We’re especially proud of engaging half the students we saw at the level Hillel International considers “high impact.” That’s pretty rare of across the Hillel movement.
DURING THE PAST SCHOOL YEAR, OUR ENGAGEMENT TEAM OF THREE PROFESSIONALS HELPED FORM JEWISH CONNECTIONS WITH 537 STUDENTS EVEN IN THE PANDEMIC. OF THOSE, WE SAW 268 STUDENTS 6+ TIMES. WE EVEN SAW ONE STUDENT TIMES.
E W ES TS IM EN T D + U 6 T S AW S ESTIMATED 1,000 JEWISH UNDERGRADS
S S AT U D W EN 1-5 TS T I MW E ES
TO TS E EN G D GA TU EN
WE ALSO KNOW JEWISH LIFE OFTEN MEANS FOOD. THIS SCHOOL YEAR WE SERVED
3,131 MEALS FOR JEWISH STUDENTS.
OF THAT, WE SERVED 1,348 BODOS BAGELS AND PUT TOGETHER HILLELFRESH BOXES TO FEED 397 STUDENTS. BUT FOOD ISN’T THE ONLY WAY OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTS. DURING JEWISH HOLIDAY PROGAMMING THIS YEAR, WE CONNECTED TIMES WITH STUDENTS.
OUTSIDE OF HOLIDAYS, STAFF HAD 546 ONE-ON-ONE COFFEE CHATS AND ZOOM HANGOUTS. THAT’S AN AVERAGE JEWISH CONNECTIONS PER WEEK!
2020-21 BUDGET INCOME Individual Contributions............................................$313,034 Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life........$58,001 Jewish Federations and Foundations.......................$99,983 Partner Agency Grants................................................$47,574 Rent.............................................................................$10,710 Miscellaneous.............................................................$71,346 Total...............................................................$600,648
EXPENSES Salary..........................................................................$328,873 Benefits.......................................................................$60,791 Israel Fellow Program................................................$33,569 Programming.............................................................$38,879 Professional Development........................................$1,874 Maintenance and Utilities..........................................$48,137 Office Expenses...........................................................$14,987 Development..............................................................$12,919 Operations Reserve Fund...........................................$60,000 Total...............................................................$600,029
INNOVATION While innovation is often thought of as coming up with completely new ideas, it’s actually just as much about adapting to new circumstances to address needs more effectively, efficiently, or with more purpose and meaning. During the pandemic, innovation was particularly important to maintaining our community while distant. Here’s how we innovated this year:
HILLELFRESH Inspired by popular meal-kit delivery programs and the need to bring the muchloved Shabbat dinner experience to our students in a pandemic, Assistant Director Paige Simunek introduced HillelFresh (a monthly Shabbat meal-kit program) to our community. No detail, from cooking direction cards to vacuum sealed produce, was left unnoticed. But it wasn’t just the meal-kits that reminded students and staff of Shabbat dinners. Social media became a community-building platform, with students sharing “unboxing” videos and pictures of their finished meals with the BJC Instagram. Some students even joined Paige on Zoom to cook together. 5
HOOGIM Finding safe, comfortable ways to offer students opportunities to connect with one another was a challenge and a top priority for the BJC this year. During a brainstorming session, our team landed on “Hoogim”- a play off the Hebrew word “chugim” meaning extracurricular activities. Hoogim are Jewish -based microcommunities that help students and staff connect over shared interests. For four weeks, small groups gathered virtually or outdoors to embrace their passions and hobbies together. Staff members and students got to share their love for cooking, schmoozing, exercise, listening to music, and more.
CHUTZPALS Though mentorship programs aren’t new to the BJC, this year we doubled down on connecting first-year students with upperclassmen. With the help of students Lilly Cordover and Addie Pratt, Chutzpals was born. They recognized that what first-year students would need this year was an older student who could guide them in adapting to college life and connect them to our community. Lilly and Addie worked alongside staff to get to know and match mentors with mentees, and eventually expanded the program to include alumni mentors for upperclassmen. This was one of our most-successful programs during the pandemic, matching 60 first years and upperclassmen to create meaningful relationships.
HILLEL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE In the Fall, Springboard Innovation Fellow Annie and Jewish Leadership Advisory Board Chair Matt Gillam recognized that first-year students were not getting the same leadership opportunities and experiences others had in years past. Both deeply impacted by Hillel’s leadership opportunities during their time with Hillel at UVA, Matt and Annie worked together to build the Hillel Jewish Leadership Institute, a development program for first-year students designed to help them grow and gain confidence to take on important roles within the Hillel community and the UVA community at-large. This coming school year, 11 of HJLI’s 13 participants will serve as interns with the Brody Jewish Center.
Innovation Springboard Fellow Annie Weinberg is no stranger to the needs of Jewish students at UVA. A 2019 graduate of UVA, Annie studied Youth & Social Innovation and Psychology. She was also deeply involved during her time on Grounds as a student leader with Hillel. Through Annie’s Springboard training, she helped develop new programs that catered to students during the pandemic. REACH OUT TO ANNIE AT ANNIE@BRODYJEWISHCENTER.ORG
BOOKS THAT INFORMED OUR YEAR If you’re looking for a read that’ll speak to Jewish values and give you some insight into our programs and community, here’s a few books we loved this year:
JUST MERCY Bryan Stevenson During Summer 2020, our staff put on a community racial justice book club. Thirty students participated in reading this book and in conversations about privilege, the justice system, and ways we could do our part to repair the world.
THE ART OF GATHERING Priya Parker Our programming team found this book helpful in thinking through curating space, hosting, engaging guests, and how to elevate our students’ experiences through a humancentered approach to gathering.
HILLEL: IF NOT NOW, WHEN? Joseph Telushkin This book studies the life and values of Hillel the Elder, the namesake of our organization. Here’s a Hillel quote: “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.”
MY JEWISH YEAR Abigail Pogebin Our staff read this book as part of our book club to prep for the upcoming school year and help our students connect more deeply to the holidays. In this book, Abigail fully celebrates 18 Jewish holidays + Shabbat for one year.
JEWISH VOICES FROM PORTUGAL R. Shlomo Pereira & R. Eli Roesenfeld This commentary on the Torah shares the writing of six rabbis with connections to Portugal. It brings new perspectives on our foundational text grounded in 200 years of Portuguese Jewish experience.
Inspired by the successful new program “HillelFresh,” Assistant Director Paige Simunek knew just what she wanted to offer as her “Hoog.” This rugelah recipe was used by Paige’s “Bake the World a Better Place” Hoog to make some of the best rugelah we’ve ever had and give students a community-based study break. One student even said the weekly hour on Zoom together helped her practice wellness and step away from her schoolwork to bake something delicious for herself and her roommates. Y
hoogim the BJC’ Hebrew w s take on the ord extracurric “chug” meaning ular activiti es
Original recipe by Ina Garten, the (Jewish!) Barefoot Contessa
TOTAL: 1 HR 55 MIN PREP: 10 MIN INACTIVE: 1 HR 30 MIN COOK: 15 MIN YIELD: 4 DOZEN COOKIES
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8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2-pound unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup granulated sugar plus 9 tablespoons 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3/4 cup raisins 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped 1/2 cup apricot preserves, pureed in a food processor 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon milk, for egg wash
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Mix cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until blended. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix until just combined. Dump the dough out onto a well-floured board and roll it into a ball. Cut the ball in quarters, wrap each piece in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour. 2. To make the filling, combine 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar, the brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the raisins, and walnuts. 3. On a well-floured board, roll each ball of dough into a 9-inch circle. Spread the dough with 2 tablespoons apricot preserves and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the filling. Press the filling lightly into the dough. Cut the circle into 12 equal wedges, cutting the whole circle in quarters, then each quarter into thirds. Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Place the cookies, points tucked under, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Chill for 30 minutes. 4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 5. Brush each cookie with the egg wash. Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on the cookies. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack and let cool.
“Baking has always been a way for me to relieve stress. While baking together, students and I talked about online classes, what we were grateful for, and ways to take care of our mental health during the pandemic.” Assistant Director Paige is starting her fourth year with Hillel and holds a Master’s in Psychology. REACH OUT TO PAIGE AT PAIGE@BRODYJEWISHCENTER.ORG
FINDING HER VOICE HOW ONE STUDENT LEARNED TO USE HER EXPERIENCE AS A TOOL FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING
After her first year, Morgan Suchin came back to Grounds in Fall 2020 knowing she wanted to invest more deeply in the Jewish community at UVA. During her first year, she'd come to Hillel’s welcome barbecue, attended some events, and had made great friendships - but she wanted more. “I wasn't super involved my first year and I regretted that. Maybe it was better that way, because Jewish life could've just been something I did, but regretting not getting that experience my first year made me love it so much more now."
“IT’S NOT LIKE I’M TALKING ABOUT NETFLIX HERE I’M TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT’S CHANGED MY LIFE AND IMPACTED MY FUTURE AT UVA.”
During the 2020-21 school year, Morgan was a Chutzpal mentor, a regular at virtual Shabbat, and a participant in an art Hoog with the BJC. Next year she’s slated to be one of two Jewish Women’s Group interns. But it isn’t just the formal programs and involvements that have made an impact on Morgan. She also says becoming involved with Hillel and connecting with other students has taught her how to speak effectively about things she cares about. “[Talking to other students about Hillel] pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in knowing how to talk to people. Jewish life at UVA taught me how to share what I’m truly passionate about and thankful for. It’s not like I’m talking about Netflix here - I’m talking about something that’s changed my life and impacted my future at UVA.” So far, Morgan has used this newfound power of sharing her personal experience to give tours to prospective Jewish students and families. After the High Holidays, she even sent an email to her family urging them to give back to the community that she’s found so meaningful. And she’s already planning how to engage first-year students in the coming year. Finding her voice and her space hasn’t just been a positive thing for Morgan, but for our whole community. This coming year, she’ll even sit on the board for the Brody Jewish Center. “I’m so thankful and fortunate that I went to the BJC. I was able to become my own person and decide how I wanted to practice and understand Judaism in my life. The BJC has helped me understand how to incorporate Judaism into my life beyond the High Holidays and Shabbat,” she said. Y 9
THREE OF OUR MOST INVOLVED STUDENTS REFLECT ON A PANDEMIC YEAR
Between the three of them, Yanir Haim, Russell Finelsen, and Sam Lisner interacted 449 times with Hillel programming and initiatives throughout the 2020-2021 school year. They participated in pretty much every program the Brody Jewish Center had to offer - from our informal Hoogim to Israel education classes with Doris to our Jewish Learning Fellowship led by Rabbi Jake. On any given day, you could find one of the three of them studying, playing the Israeli game matkot, or eating bagels outside the Hillel building. “Hillel provides a way for Jewish people to meet each other and stay connected. If Hillel wasn’t around I’m not sure how many Jewish things I would’ve done at UVA. Hillel makes a big impact and connects people. These two guys are lifelong friends,” Sam said. Their friendship started when Russell brought Yanir to Hillel after having met at Chabad. From there, Russell introduced Yanir to Sam. Though technically Yanir was a Ecuadorian student attending Charlottesville’s Piedmont Virginia Community College, he felt accepted and integrated into the community right away.
“Hillel gave me a community even though I wasn’t technically part of the community,” Yanir said. For all three friends, that community helped provide consistency and connection during the pandemic year. “At the start of the pandemic, I was pretty depressed being stuck in classes and doing work on a computer for 12-14 hours a day,” said Russell. “Then, in the fall of last year and spring of this year there were a lot more safe in-person activities. In terms of mental health, it grew positively and I’d attribute a good part of that growth to Hillel and their openness with activities and their ability to connect students.” Sam agreed. “The pandemic helped me realize that Judaism is important to me, that these friends are important to me. Hillel helped me stay on track and stay centered,” he said. “I always considered Judaism a more personal thing between me and spirituality and God, but something at Hillel showed me [Judaism] also meant being part of a community.” Y
“IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE PEOPLE.” ONE STUDENT SHARES HER PERSONAL MISSION OF INCLUSION
Even though second year engagement intern Gina Elkin wasn't physically on Grounds during the 2020-2021 school year, she didn't let that stop her from engaging fully and powerfully in Jewish life at UVA. This year Gina was an engagement intern with the Brody Jewish Center. Her job included meeting for virtual coffee dates with other students over Zoom to help them find a place in the Jewish community. From her first experiences with the Jewish community on Grounds, Gina recognized the effort other students put into making her feel welcome and at home in our community. “I wanted to be a part of what I saw people doing for me,” she said. “It clicked that I had a space, and that I could be an advocate for other people that everyone has a space within Hillel. I see my future as continuing that mission - being an advocate for acceptance and for the range of what being Jewish can look like.” To Gina, being Jewish at UVA means an open door. It means remembering that
“I SEE MY FUTURE AS CONTINUING THAT MISSION - BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR ACCEPTANCE AND FOR THE RANGE OF WHAT BEING JEWISH CAN LOOK LIKE.”
she always has a space, that she can show up authentically, can ask questions openly, and that she can hold that door open to others. But it’s more than that. “I’ve always had the same grounding force in Judaism, and it’s always been the people,” she said. “I’ve realized one of the main signifiers of my experience with Hillel is that everybody’s so supportive. It sounds cliche, but I think there’s a natural inclination toward being supportive in our community. Even if I’ve never needed it, you just know it’s there and it’s there for real. It’s what makes Hillel at UVA extra special.Y
Gina meets on Zoom with other Brody Jewish Center interns during our Winter Leadership Conference.
Hannah enjoys Bodo’s with Hillel near first-year dorms.
Hannah and friends during this year’s IsraelFest.
A JEWISH LIFE OF HER OWN
A FIRST-YEAR STUDENT FINDS WAYS TO HONOR TRADITION AT SCHOOL
First-year Hannah Mikowski didn’t know what to expect when she came to Grounds as a first-year in fall of 2020. Coming from a very Jewish community in Rockville, MD, Hannah thought she’d have a difficult time maintaining a Jewish life at college. “I was initially afraid I’d lose a lot of the Jewish traditions that I hold dear, but Hillel made it easy to continue my Judaism through my young adulthood,” she said. During her first-year, Hannah not only continued her Judaism, but built upon the foundation her family had provided. “I’m seeing Judaism in a completely different way,” Hannah said. “My Judaism has grown with me. I’ve turned from someone who was part of a Jewish family to a Jewish individual on my own.” This point was especially well made during Passover, when Hannah said her parents had a bet going to see if she’d keep Passover and avoid chametz while at school.
“MY JUDAISM HAS GROWN WITH ME. I’VE TURNED FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS PART OF A JEWISH FAMILY TO A JEWISH INDIVIDUAL ON MY OWN.”
“You leave and all of a sudden your Jewish decisions are yours, so I could keep Passover by myself, and I had to celebrate holidays what I thought was by myself - but Hillel really helped. I decided that [keeping Passover] was important enough to me that it was something I wanted to do. Although it was a pandemic, Hillel had Zoom services, and they provided meals for all eight days of Passover, which was amazing. They made my journey to being a member of a Jewish community really easy.” If you're wondering, Hannah did successfully keep Passover her first-year on Grounds - and during a pandemic to boot.Y
Photos by Kevin Blackburn
THE LARRY W. BERMAN STUDENT CENTER AT THE BRODY JEWISH CENTER
If you haven’t been back to Charlottesville in the last few years, you might not have seen the updates to our historic home on University Circle. A few of our favorite updates include 24-hour student swipe access, fiber internet, our new library, and a gorgeous rethinking of our outside event spaces.
The student lounge space on our first floor.
The board room where students study and meet.
The library upstairs with a light-filled reading room.
Upstairs student dining space and bean bag room.
LOOKING TO TO THE THE FUTURE: FUTURE: LOOKING WHAT WE’RE BUILDING AT THE BJC INVESTING IN STUDENT WELLNESS Over the past year, it’s become clear to our staff that part of building a thriving community means supporting student mental health. Countless times through the pandemic, staff supported students as they navigated isolation, fear, and the difficulty of being a college student during a pandemic. Thanks to a generous endowment in memory of 2014 graduate Daniel Lipson, our Hillel will host an annual Mental Health Shabbat. Our staff also took Kognito’s training on mental health warning signs in students, and is setting up contacts across the University to help direct students to when things get tough. But student wellness doesn’t just mean responding to students when they’re facing adversity, it also means advocating for students to practice self-care and giving them opportunities to share wellness in community. Throughout the year our Hillel offered exercise classes, mediation sessions, and classes on authenticity. In addition, our Springboard Innovation Fellow, Annie, became a certified wellness instructor this summer - we can’t wait to see what she brings to our community with this new expertise!
ENSURING A JEWISH HOME As the reach and ambition of the Brody Jewish Center grows, our team is constantly thinking about the future and maintaining our space as a Jewish home on Grounds. Following the completion of our historic renovation, our next landmark goal is building an endowment to ensure Hillel always has a staff member, no matter what. As such, in the next few years we’ll be focusing on endowing the position of Executive Director. Through working together to raise an endowment between $2-3M, we can cover the salary and benefits of an Executive Director at the Brody Jewish Center in perpetuity. This step truly ensures that our presence on Grounds is permanent, and that Jewish students of the future always have support and professional resources at the University of Virginia.
Q&A WITH UVA ADMISSIONS Earlier in the summer, our team conducted an interview with Chelsea “CC” Duncan, UVA Admissions’ new Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach. QUESTION: Can you tell us about what you do? ANSWER: I serve students and families as they
learn about UVA and see if they’re going to be a good fit. I’m really passionate about inclusivity and advocating for and advising students as it pertains to their success, identity, and educational experiences. It’s truly my goal to present UVA to folks and make sure prospective and admitted students feel welcome and included and feel like UVA will be a home for them.
QUESTION: After August 11-12, 2017, we often get
asked about how welcome UVA and Charlottesville are for Jewish students. How do you all do to navigate that perception issue? ANSWER: We want students to know that Jewish students and all students are welcome at UVA. The events that happened over those two days are not who we are at UVA. That is not the foundation of who we are, and that’s not the ideology of the university or students at the university. QUESTION: Why is it important to admissions to
have resources like Hillel available for students? ANSWER: It’s vital. It’s so important that students are able to find a community and see themselves here, whether they’re an admitted student or they’re QUESTION: Why is it important to you to attract just applying. We get that question from a lot of diverse students to UVA? students - “Am I going to find a community here? ANSWER: It’s important to us because I believe Are there gonna be people who look like me or you can’t be an excellent university without diversity. identify like me or believe the same things as I In order for UVA to continue to be excellent and be do?” - and we want to say yes. I like to say that UVA is highly ranked and a great institution for all people, it a community of microcommunities so no matter who truly needs to look like the world. It’s important that you are, you’re going to find your niche and going to we have students from all different backgrounds find your community here. It’s so important to us that and ethnicities and races and sexual identities students know that they’re welcome here and there come together and learn from one another and are folks that are just like them - whatever that might truly be a community. mean. Y
CC serves as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach and Associate Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Virginia. CC is also a double Hoo, having graduated with degrees in Psychology and African American Studies, as well as a masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration. 15
REACH OUT TO CC AT CMG9Z@VIRGINIA.EDU
Federico “Fed” Cohen Freue is Senior Vice President, Pricing and Investment Strategy at Mastercard, where he leads pricing, revenue mix strategy, and investment management for Mastercard’s Data & Services business. Fed graduated from UVA with B.A. with Distinction in Applied Statistics and Economics. He lives in Washington, DC and in addition to role as Board President for the Brody Jewish Center, currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silkroad, originally founded by Yo-Yo Ma.
LETTER FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT
A LETTER FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT On behalf of our Board of Directors, please accept thanks for your contributions and support for everything that we do. This was by no means a normal year – yet the one thing that felt consistent was how Jewish life at UVA continued to shine despite everything else going on in the world. What strikes me more than anything is how proud I am. I am proud of our staff and students for how they quickly pivoted our programming and found new, innovative ways to support each other. In the midst of all these changes, we still engaged 537 students at least once and over 268 more than 6 times – maintaining our track record prior to 2020. As we move forward, I am proud to see that many of the lessons we learned throughout the pandemic are helping us evolve as we continue to build and grow a rich, fulfilling, and personal experience for each of our students. I am proud of where we are financially, thanks to our staff, our Board, and the generosity of our community. What initially felt like unsurmountable financial challenges turned out to be a strategic opportunity to prioritize and secure our foundations. Because of this, we now move on to a new year with a complete staff and operational readiness, with new ways to grow in our sights. On a more personal note, this was my last year leading our Board as President. When Rabbi Jake and I originally discussed stepping up to lead the Board, I set out some ambitious goals for my tenure: (a) we’d complete a new capital campaign, (b) we’d have at least one endowment, and (c) we’d have a sustainable program and staff body. I step down in awe of what we accomplished. I am proud that we paid off our obligations related to the Berman Student Center, created our first program endowment, and of the strength of our staff team. I finish this phase with another major milestone: I’ll be getting married at the Brody Jewish Center in a few months, the place where I met my future wife. I am excited to see how we continue to grow, and wish Rabbi Jake and Scott Rosen, our incoming Board Chair, all my best. Thank you for all your support during these last five years – it has made for the experience of a lifetime. All my best,
Federico Cohen Freue ‘11
BEYOND GROUNDS WITH JEWISH ALUMNAE Last year to kick off the Brody Jewish Center’s annual Commonwealth Kiddush Cup fundraising competition against Virginia Tech’s Hillel, Hillel students joined young alumni on Zoom for Shabbat+ Young Alum. After connecting online, alumna Clara Sophia Camber and alumna and Brody Jewish Center Board Member Samantha Magnes teamed up to create the Jewish Women’s Alumnae Group. JWAG, as it’s fondly called, is a monthly alumnae run Zoom call to share, reflect, and connect with other Jewish women. So far discussion topics have
JEWISH WOMEN’S ALUMNAE GROUP MEETS MONTHLY ON ZOOM ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 8 P.M. IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN US, REACH OUT TO SAM AT: SMAGNES13@GMAIL.COM
included conversations about body image, values meditations, deep dives into Jewish text, women’s issues, and frameworks for taking action. We’re excited for this group to continue growing and bringing together more Jewish women! Y
Jewish Women’s Alumni Group has been such a meaningful space throughout the pandemic; it has been a space that is both comforting by being with friends from my time on Grounds and has been challenging by pushing me to reflect even more. I’m looking forward to how our group will evolve as more women join and bring in their own experiences to help the group develop further. - CLARA SOPHIA CAMBER ‘20
The alumnae Jewish Women’s Group has been such an important space for me through much of the pandemic. It was a way for me to reconnect with old friends and make new connections. We are all bonded by our love for UVA and Judaism, which has made it really easy to meaningfully connect with one another and navigate a challenging year with loving support. Even as we are able to do more things in person again, I am always looking forward to our next meeting and the chance to connect with friends in cities across the country!”
- SAMANTHA MAGNES ‘16 & ‘17
HOOS IN ISRAEL DID YOU KNOW HILLEL AT UVA IS ONE OF THE TOP HILLELS IN THE COUNTRY FOR HELPING STUDENTS GET TO ISRAEL FOR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS?
Just because we weren’t able to run our customary winter break Birthright trip this year doesn’t mean UVA students didn’t make it to Israel. This year eighteen UVA students participated in Onward Israel, a program that matches students with Israeli companies and provides housing and excursions in Israel. Students participated in internships including studying plant evolution as a research assistant at Tel Aviv University and consulting for the sports technology company Colosseum. Y
Doris comes to the role of Israel Fellow at Brody Jewish Center from Eilat, Israel. She graduated with a B.A. in Israel Studies from Kinneret College and worked for six years as a licensed tour guide through Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. In the army, Doris was a teacher-soldier with the Education Corps and loves bringing Israeli culture to UVA! REACH OUT TO DORIS AT DORIS@BRODYJEWISHCENTER.ORG
DONATIONS MADE IN HONOR OF:
Daniel Baker Charles Berney Rachel Bigman The Brody Jewish Center Staff Danielle Buynak Horner Elena Colliver Zack Gelfand Alexandra Glynn & Erik Kames Avery Goldberg Mason Goodman Daniel Gray Ethan Hyman Gabe Hyman Jack Fechter Lillian Finder Russell Finelsen Ally Kammerman Michael Kaplan Ashleigh & Jonathan Kassoff
Sarah Kassoff Allie Kerstein Leah Kleinberg Isaac Leeifert Robby Lefkowitz Jay and Sandy Levine Sophie Mariam Hannah Mikowski Stephanie Morton Alex Poses Gabby Posner Jessica Rothfleisch Rabbi Jake Rubin Jonah Rubin Laura Schapiro Sally Sherrard (Levine) Jordan Sicklick Edward Silver Lee Silver Michael Silver Paige Simunek Kaylee Stein Chloe Suzman
Joel Taubman & Marla Faith Wolfe Benjamin Tankel Skylar Tessler Annie Weinberg Rena Wolinsky Elan Zankman DONATIONS MADE IN MEMORY OF:
Shirley Farfel Berman Les Bernstein Gay Brody Eva Brummer Irby B Cauthen Jr and Elizabeth G Cauthen Bernard “Bernie” Cohen Jeril Cohen Stanley Cohen Julie Bernstein Cotter Rachel Deitch Robert Finelsen Walter Fischer
Richard Glasser Stan Glasofer Ruth Glosser Grayson Goodove Vera Isakowitz Walter Karp Minna Olch Katz Daniel Lipson Sylvia Miller Michael Pasco Ernest Resnick Ken Roberts Ruth Rosenberg Milton Rubin Rob Rubenstein Helen Schulwolf Barry Schwartz Carolyn Klein Schwartz Rosalee Gail Stept Otto Warmbier Tom Ziff Z9L
“Stakeholders” or donors who give at or above the $500 level receive a monthly emailed Stakeholder Report.
After five years with the Brody Jewish Center and processing more than 5,000 individual donations for our Hillel, you’d think I’d be used to the generosity of our donors and community. I’m not. From $18 donations to honor current students making their way in the world to sizable endowments ensuring the future of Jewish life on Grounds, I’m constantly moved by the kindness of this community. This year, amidst COVID, the donations in memory of those who have passed have especially made an impact on me. It’s an honor for our Hillel to help keep their memories alive, and I’m thankful to have gotten to know some of the people that make up our extended Brody Jewish Center family. Each donation to our Hillel goes to work creating a pluralistic and inclusive community for our students. Because of you, our students have the opportunity to explore Judaism and Jewish community while they’re in college. Thank you for believing in what we do and for your support. You make a difference here.
With our Hillel since late 2016, Danielle currently serves as the Director of Development for the Brody Jewish Center. Though technically a Hokie, Danielle appreciates the space Wajews have made to bring her into the Jewish community on Grounds. Danielle is a Charlottesville native, a graphic designer, and holds an MFA in creative writing. 19
REACH OUT TO DANIELLE AT DANIELLE@BRODYJEWISHCENTER.ORG
DONOR LIST Without our donors, none of the vital work we do on Grounds creating Jewish community and spaces would be possible. Thank you for your generosity! BENEFACTOR: $50,000+
Anonymous Jodi & Douglas Berman Hillel International Rhonda & Neil Lipson
Susan & Mark Sisisky** Leon Family** Tidewater Jewish Federation
Jill Lukeman & Douglas Brody** Cheryl & Robert Byron** Cartica Management LLC Marcy Gringlas & Joel Greenberg, Seed the Dream Foundation Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Lisa & Alan Kava Richmond Jewish Federation Albert & Lillian Small Foundation** United Jewish Fund for Charlottesville
Sherrill Berk & Jeffrey Swartz** Ileana & Stuart Berman Nan & Dan Brody Jennifer & Joshua David Lori & Michael Glasser
Arnold Leon Debbie & Mike Poliner Tidewater Jewish Foundation UVA Parents’ Fund Joseph & Debra Weinberg Family Foundation
Kate Belza O’Bannon & Clark O’Bannon Regina & Vladimir Rekhelman Scott Rosen Lindsay & Jake Rubin Phyllis Koch-Sheras & Peter Sheras Louis Silverman Mary Helen & Gerald Smith SPONSOR: Storthz Family $2,500+ Leesa & Michael Suzman Fed Cohen Amanda & Matthew Goller Hyman Family Fund Towerman Mary Anna & Michael Kaplan Jenna & Eric Weiss Gwen & Mitchell Kassoff Laura Wolinsky Joan & Louis Levitt Gretchen Gehrett & Larry Joan & Tobin Naidorf** Zippin Molly & Joe Nizhnikov** Jenna & Benji Rabhan** STAKEHOLDER: Paula & Nathan Ticatch
Anonymous The Blank Family Fund Judith Block Jan & Kenneth Block Bernard Bress Robin & Todd Copeland Deborah & Eric Diamond Joan Fenton Karen & Martin Goldberg Dan Goldberg Maura & Ronald Goldstein Annie Goodstein Debbie & Michael Kammerman** Olga & Jonathan Kipnis Amy & Doug Magenheim Leah & Mario Mikowski Kate Moore & S. Todd Weinberg
The Morris, Max, & Sarah Altman Memorial Trust Jordana & Greg Ashe Susan & Arnold Auerhan Tiffany & Joel Backer Lori & David Balaban Wendy Jo & Ron Brodsky Evan Cantor Elizabeth Cohen & Mark Toubin Harriet & Craig DuBois Benjamin Edgar Robert Epstein Libbi Finelsen William Gray Samuel Green Jerold Grubman Tom Gutherz Halley & Adam Josephs Sonnia & Bradley Kesser Andrea Kahn-Kothmann & Bruce Kothmann Aaron Kremer Zak Krooks
Hana Vratna & Alan Kurland Gail & Barry Levin Erez Liebermann Diana & Charles Lisner Lorraine Fischer & Marc Kremer Samantha Magnes Debra & Warren Nachlis Debbie Oswalt Suzanne & Craig Packer Lisa Perlbinder & Tom Porter Jacquie & John Pickering Jill & Michael Posner Brenda & David Raphael Jill & Jeremy Rider Michelle & Glenn Rissman Erik Roberts Sarah Rubin Diana Cummings Simon & Jeremy Simon Jayne & Craig Stein Enid & Frederic Waller Shari & Steven Wayne Rebecca Winerman Donald Wolman
Anonymous Janet & Ron Baellow Kathleen & Stephen Baker John Barthelmes Margaret Baumgarten & Max Mirovski Debra & Scott Bigman Caryn & Charles Brissman Adrienne & Julian Brook Eva Brummer Megan Burke & Mark Goldberg Eileen Cadel Karen Cohen Robert Cohen Stuart Dornfeld
DONOR LIST (CONTINUED) CONTRIBUTOR CONTINUED :
Ben Weinberg Eta & David Weiss Sharon & Paul Edelstein Evan Wolf Susan & Steven Zimmet Rebecca Effron Terri Zweig Na’ama Ende & Jonathan Yager DONOR: Mark Ende Jackie & Scott Garfinkel $100+ Merel & Derek Abruzzese Stephanie & David Aysegul Acar-Dreyer Gilson Anonymous Jacob Glasser Janie & Ronald Goldberg Leslie & Andrew Auerbach Sheryl Greene Robert & Shirley Gross Kerri & Steve Bacall Philanthropic Fund Dustin Baellow Nachama & David Haas Hope & Ron Bagley Gina & Daniel Hirschhorn Jessica & Eric Baim Florence Baker Celia Honig Mariya Balakirskaya Henry Jacobs Herbert Bangel Clara Jaeckel Cindy & Alan Bergman Elise & Gary Kaplan Elyse & Jeffrey Bernstein Joell & Geo Keim Karen & Louis Bloomfield Mindy Kestenman Susan & Frank Bond Seth Kramer Kathleen & Richard Fern & Mark Kumar Eliza Quanbeck & Zev Bonnie Susan & Louis Bricklin Lebowitz Phyllis & Melvyn Leffler Lenora Pate & Steven Brickman Deborah & Douglas Ann Brodsky Leifert Marcia & Bruce Brown Terri & Steven Levine Sharon Lindquist-Skelley Arlene & Ken Buynak Sabina Weitzman & & Thomas Skelley Barbara Bix & Don Liss Michael Camber Zachary Canter Rachel & Jim Loeffler Diana & Eric Cantor Linda McNamara Stacie & Howard Mintz Diana & Eric Chafetz Ann & Howard Chwatsky Erwin Nachman Lisa & Brian Cohen Deborah Hoffman Joshua Cohen Daniel Novick Shai Cohen Lee Oberman Sherry & Ronald Powell Emma Cohen Lauren Schlecker Cohen Edwin Rafal & George Cohen Patricia & Greg Roer Tod Cohen Jeanette Rosenberg Jennifer Collins & Russell Perry Elena Colliver Susan Rubin Jeremy Conover Andrew Salzman Andrea & Marc Cordover Richard Samuelson Melissa & Jay Curwin Randi Saunders Ruth & Robert Deane Erich Schlecht Yvonne & Jeffrey Ann & Michael Silver Distenfeld Edward Silver Michelle Doron Nancy Simon Jacqueline & David Troy Singer Ellenson Wittney Skigen Deborah Swichkow & Evan Slotnick Raymond Ellis Lora Spiller Edward Elson Abigail & Stewart Jay Epstein Sternbach Melanie Epstein Lesleigh Strauss Cindy & Fred Warmbier Ann & Mike Epstein
Erica & Nicholas Farrell Linda & Michael Fechter Gaby Finder Barbara & James Finkel Mindie Flamholz Sheryl Flum Leslie & Robert Frank Lisa & Michael Fredericks Paul Freedman Susan & Andrew Friedman Melissa Front Beth Fuqua & Howard Kerbel Robert Gardner Holly & Mark Garman Mary & David Garth Zach Gelfand Gordon Gerson Lori & Edward Gillman Shelley & Adam Gimbel Colette Glass Ross Glasser Traci & Eliot Goldberg Alice & Mark Goldstein Cheryl & Jeffrey Goldstein Cheryl & Todd Graber Robert Gray Carolyn Dean & Lonny Green Jenna Gustafson Michelle & Don Hainbach Pamela J. Handmaker Ariella Hanker & Lior Klirs Rebecca & Douglas Harris Fern Hauck Helene & Kevin Hechtkopf Harry Hirsch Faye Holand Danielle Buynak Horner & Jeff Horner Jane Rosenthal Horvitz & Michael Horvitz Wendy & Barry Hurwitz Elizabeth Imburg Robin Beller Jackson & Danny Jackson Cameron Jackson Morgenstern Fund Melissa Kansky Beverly & Randy Kansky Shana & Shalom Kantor Susan Kasimer Lee & David Katz Howard Katzenstein Hayley Katzenstein Julia Kaufman Pamela Kaufmann & Eric Zankman Jeffrey Keil Allie Kerstein
Marlene & Gary Kirsh Troy Kirwin Mary Pat Brown & Joel Kleinman Margaret & Erich Kosowitz Marnie Kremer Shauna Krupnick Joan Laderberg Karen Ladis Rebecca & Jay Lasus Gaby Laufer Emily & David Leblang Michelle & Jonathan Leizman Caren & Stephen Leon Lissa & Mark Levin Jan Levin Sandra & Jay Levin Joni & Gary Lewis Julie & Ken Lifland Peppy Linden Lisa & Robert Lippman Judith Lit Dahlia Lithwick & Aaron Fein Joel Loeshelle Suzie & Brad Lustig David Malkin Shelly & Martin Mand Michael Marget Laurie Mechanic-Goodman & Ric Goodman Sara & Judd Mendelson Stefan Merkel Deborah Meyers Jeanne & Julius Miller Gordon Miller Charles Miller Karen & Jonathan Morton Lisa & Mark Motter Angela Natale & Ira Weinstein Jason Navon Ruth & Craig Nayhouse Adam Nelson Cindy & Andrew Newman Susie & Mike Norton Marla & Simon Olsberg Laurie & Paul Perl Lesley & Andrew Persily Sara Persily Eliana & Jeffrey Pitt Bruce Powell Melissa & Josh Prober Joanne & Richard Prober Mary Jo Reich Beth Reshefsky Karen & Bill Rheuban Sharon Ritt Sandy Roberts
Melissa Robertson Regina & Neil Rose** Samuel Rosen Lisa Rosenberg Brian Ross Sara Jo & Joel Rubin Shikma & Danny Rubin Geoffrey Rubin Jenny & Ben Salomonsky Susan & Mark Schapiro Lisa Draine & Joel Schectman Phyllis & Robert Scher Judith & Kent Schlussel Rachel & Fredric Schneider Sarah Schneider Alfred Schulwolf Francie & Barry Schwarz Michael Shapiro Lance Shapiro Bryna Sherr Wendy & Douglas Siamon Alyse & Jay Sicklick Ellen Sigman & Howard Marget Susan & Brad Singer Samantha Sisisky Lauretta & Jeff Skigen Melissa & Gary Slobin Laurie & Jeremy Smith Miriam & Gerald Smolen Pam & Brian Socolow Patricia & Norman Sporn Jessica Stamelman Claudia & William Stiebel Mindy Strelitz Eric Strow Andrea & Craig Suchin Haley Swartz Rachel Swartz Amanda Szlezinger Terry Tessler Lynn Valentine & David Heilbronner Margarita & Lev Volftsun Nancy Walter Andrea Wasserman Steven Wasserman Stefanie Watkins Lewis Weber Callum Weinberg Annie Weinberg Debra Weiner & Hillel Weinberg Sherri & Paul Weinblatt Katherine & Robert Weinstock Carli Weisberg
Mark Weissman Maureen Wellen & Edward Freeman Steven Wergeles Samantha Wetzler Howard Wilchins Diane & John Yen Margaret & Richard Zakin Karen & Steve Ziselman
Zach Abruzzese Beryl & Leonette Adler Ben Albertstein Michael Alerhand Anonymous Michael Appel Beth & Jack Arager Elizabeth & Michael Atalay Stephanie & Seth Avidon Nicole Avidon Max Bacall William Baker Robert Baker Joseph Balaban Ruth & Paul Barolsky Ruth & James Barrens Cynthia Bascetta Zimmerman & Michael Zimmerman Jackie Beck Lawrence Becker Zev Beeber Linda Barash Beeber & Bruce Beeber Tal Ben Atar Nadine & Richard Bendycki Sari Bennett & Samuel Schustek Bruce Berger Daniel Berger Saria & Adam Billet Rita & Stan Blacker Amira Bobrov Sue & David Bolen TobyJoy Gonias & David Boling Ben Borenstein Dana Bray Rene & Stuart Brenner Allison Brody Michaela Brown Sheryl Brown & Michael Gertzer Myra Brown Sheri & Matthew Brown Susan & Jeffrey Cadel Clara Sophia Camber Helen & Scott Carlin Carol Chandross Suzanne & Mordechai Cohen Adam Cooper Jessie Copeland Lilly Cordover Ai-Ling & Jonathan Cowen
Emily Cowen Barry Cox Colleen Cox Marci & Benjamin Danzing Lizzie & Lance DaSilva Debra & David Sauvage Alyssa & Evan Davis Pamela & Peter Dewitz Amy Diamond Zachary Diamond Nir Diskin Susan Dixon Sophie Dornfeld Alize Dreyer Surelle & Robert Dwoskin Kelly Dye Arielle Effron Lauren Effron Gina Elkin Jonathan Eman Eliza Falk Carole Farfel Hannah Feder Elizabeth Carpenter & Dan Feigert Andrew Fein Jessie Feinstein Lillian & Herbert Finder Jordan Fingerhut Roberto & Eileen Fischmann Jennifer Floyd Lauren Fogel Diane & Barry Fond Rebecca & John Freed Leslie Friedman Preston Fuks Gayle & Joel Gardner Lenore & Philip Garon Bruce Garth Betsy & Louis Gates Ryan Gates Talia Gerard Melinda Gerber Matt Gillam Brooke Gillman Samantha Glazer Nancy & Michael Glynn David Goldberg Spencer Goldberg Melissa Goldman Laura Friedman Goldstein & Keith Goldstein Elianna Goldstein Rose Goldstein Laurie Goldsticker Siegel & Gary Siegelr Jean Baker Lisa & Gary Gordon Cynthia & Neil Green Galen Green Knaide Green Thomas Green Rachel Greif Matthew Griff Marnie Grinspoon Arlen Groban Jared Hahn Yanir Haim
Josh Hambrecht Alexandra Hartman Julia Havel Wendy & Bruce Heifetz Gabrielle Heller Ellen & David Herold Elana Herrman Michael Hessberg Jan & Rob Hiersteiner Susan & Howard Hindin Marla & Douglas Hirsch Audrey Hirschberg Seth Hochman Debra Hollander Ethan Hyman Marissa & Jesse Jachman Jennifer Jones Allison Kammerman Adele & David Karp Bradley Katcher Eleanor Katz Brian Katzenberg Rebecca Kaye Betty & Howard Kerpen Evan Kirsh Jessica & Daniel Kirzane Susan Kitt & Steven Teitelbaum Katie Klein Eliana Klein Alyssa Macht & Scott Kleinberg Jessica Kocen Jordan Kohn Jesse Koreen Daniel Kovach Joy E. Belin & Bruce Kramer Gabriella Krohmal Stephen Krone Theodore Kruger Saradona & Leonard Lefkowitz Amy Leider Reva & Aaron Leizman Chloe Leo Ben Lerner Rachel Lerner Shirley Leshem Amy & Louis Lettes Michele & Michael Levin Sandra & Jay Levine Abbie Levine David Lewis Seth Lewis Rayna Lifland Sam Lisner Rachel Lisner Sarah Lisner Elizabeth Jacobs & Paul Locke Rachel Lucy Samantha Lustig David Magat Jason Markhoff Melanie Marks & Kevin Sheehan Susan Mayer Rachel Mayman
Greg Mazz Noelle Mendelson Amanda Meyers Gregg Molotsky Karen & Ralph Morris Ben Motter Ally Motter Jill Mull Robert & Laurie Nash Melissa Nelson Emma Neukrug Stefanie & Daniel Newman Rachel Newman Gale Nicholson Eden Olsberg Doris Ovadia Amy Paul Pat & Richard Pearson Whitney Perlen Lisa & Arthur Perlen Elisa & Steve Pilloff Max Piloff Bryan Pitt Beth & Larry Pollack Amy & David Pollack Gabby Posner Jill Powell Eliana Prober Heena & Steven Reiter Ester Rekhelman Julia Riedy Todd Rissman Kelly & Greg Ritchie Cyrus Rady-Ramazani Freddie Rose Adam Rosen Cece Rosenberg Jane & Eric Rosenfeld Becky Ross Alexa Rothborth Jessie Rothfelisch Robin & Adam Rubenstein Seth Sacher Hinda & Stephen Sacks Zoe Sadugor Erin Salehani Megan Salehani Noah Salzberg Laurent Sauvage Livia Savauge Margery & Mark Schelling Jeffrey Scherr Dara Schnee Noah Schranz Julie Schwartzman Jennifer Scoler Joan Seif & Michael Levi Miyah Shatz Colton Sheehan Shaina Shikoff Dana Cernea & Eric Sichel Scott Siegel Renee Siegel Lee Silver Paige Simunek Amy Singer Charles Singer
Talia Sion Jackie Slobin Lawrance Smerin Ginger Smith Seth Snyder Carly Starobin Lisa Stoler Laurie Grant & Jeff Stredler Payton Stredler Sami Strohm Chloe Suzman Zack Szlezinger Edward Tannen Cameron Tarry Marie & Glenn Taubman Zachary Terner Skylar Tessler Marian Ticatch Susan & Stuart Turnansky Hannah Umansky Michael Wagner Matt Wallace Kayla Wallet Ana Wasserman Jason Warren Josh Wasserman Nadine & Jeff Weisfeld Cameron Weisfeld Fran & Barry Weiskopf Leslie Welsh Rena Wolinsky Meghan Zimman Emma Ziselman
These individuals have made commitments to help build an endowment for the Brody Jewish Center through their future and estate plans: Danny Abramson Sherrill Berk and Jeff Swartz Rose Marie and William Glazer Lorraine Fischer and Marc Kremer Amy and Kirk Levy Debbie and Mike Poliner Lindsay and Jake Rubin Larry Zippin By making a gift through your will, IRA, or estate plan, you are investing in the future of Hillel at UVA. If you’re interested in joining the Jefferson Society, please reach out to Rabbi Jake. **includes a gift to the capital campaign
THE BRODY JEWISH CENTER HILLEL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
1824 University Circle Charlottesville, VA 22903
Interested in deepening your impact on Jewish life at UVA? Please consider sponsoring some of our larger community and weekly endeavors throughout the school year. If you’re interested in these opportunities or any others, please reach out!
High Holidays Sponsorship The High Holidays come with a significant price tag each year. Please consider sponsorship or partial sponsorship of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur programs. Investment: $20,000
Shabbat Dinner Weekly Shabbat dinner at the Brody Jewish Center draws between 40-100 students per week. Please consider sponsoring one of 20+ Friday evenings for our students! Investment: $1,000/week
Passover Passover is one of our largest undertakings of the school year. Each year we prepare large-scale seders and provide students with materials to host seders in their own homes. We also provide Kosher for Passover lunch and dinner for the 8 days of Passover. Investment: $18,700
Bagels on the Lawn A beloved UVA Jewish student tradition, Bagels on the Lawn brings Bodo’s to the Lawn every Wednesday so students can stop by, meet up with friends, and catch up with Hillel staff between classes. Investment: $300/week
Israel Experience Fund Helping students get to Israel for internships or Birthright Israel is a major financial consideration each year. Please consider funding our staff budget line for staffing and supporting student travel to our homeland. Investment: $10,000
Learning Cohorts Support the 4-5 weekly educational cohorts where students gather around a meal for an evening of community-based Jewish learning. Investment: $775/week
Innovation Fund UVA has a deep culture of student self-governance, and we want to empower students to design programs for their peers. Students apply into our Innovation Fund to host Jewish programs throughout the year. Investment: $5,000
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER AGENCIES:
Stock the Snack Pantry Help provide snacks for the Berman Student Center kitchen so students can snack while they study in our 24/7 studentswipe access building! Investment: $75/week