ASU Hillel Annual Report - 2019-20

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Building the Jewish Future A N N UA L R E P O R T 2 0 1 9 – 2 0 • FA L L 2 0 2 0 R E C A P

Near or far. Closer than ever. A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The theme of the last year has certainly been... Pivot! Like many of you, when we started staying home in March and brought all of our offerings online, we had no idea what to expect. This piece celebrates ASU Hillel before and during our pandemic, and truly pushes us to remember life pre-COVID. It was filled with Jewish learning over a shared meal, loud Shabbat singing, and Hillel tables throughout campus where we met new students all the time. And, we can’t forget the countless one-on-one conversations with students over coffee, chatting about Judaism, life, relationships, and so much more. The 2019–20 school year brought us our first rabbinic intern and led us to having a fulltime rabbi in fall 2020, something we had been pining for since our beloved Rabbi Lee retired in 2014. We also enjoyed eating bagels, attending community events, and celebrating holidays in person. Missing for us this fall was our special annual gathering in person to raise funds for Hillel and celebrate our successes together.

Guess what? Even a pandemic couldn’t stop us from doing what we do best—supporting students while they make the transition to adult life. The article on the next page highlights some of the ways we have been doing that and some of the things we have learned along the way. We are deeply grateful for our community of supporters. You have stood by us, coming out in full force during Hillel Global Giving Week in May 2020 and making ASU Hillel one of the top Hillels nationally for the number of gifts raised during that week. With friends like you, the Jewish future is bright. All my best,

Debbie Yunker Kail


Physical distancing, not social distancing Since the pandemic began, Hillel has rejected the notion of social distancing. Of course, we can’t be together like we are used to. And of course, spring 2020 in particular was challenging, as everything happened so quickly. However, knowing that we all need each other more than ever has motivated us to push through these challenging times and give students the support they need to do the same.

With all the curveballs throughout the year, ASU Hillel continues to be adaptive, collaborative, and student-centered. We are the same pluralistic and relationship-centered organization students have always relied on, and we take pride in the creative ways we continue to build community and celebrate Jewish life together.

With 5-8 events each week since March 2020, ASU Hillel has provided • Individualized outreach to students through personalized engagement with more than 600 students

• Space to dialogue about the day's issues including racial justice, politics, and civic engagement

• Structure and normalcy through continuing our weekly social events, Shabbat, Passover and High Holiday celebrations, all virtually or safely in person

• Thought-provoking and relevant Jewish content, including classes, 10-minute Torah sessions and oneon-one meetings with our rabbi, to help students contextualize this crisis within the Jewish tradition

• Over 600 meals to go to nourish students' bodies and minds

• Zoom events for Hillel families to celebrate students’ accomplishments and connect with one another

Hillel connected me with so many people and helped foster wonderful friendships. Especially in this confusing time, with COVID, I feel like all of their virtual events have really connected me to such great people and provided me with so many resources I was nervous I would be without here.


Hillel provided me with food and shelter and treated me like family when I needed it most.


Even through these difficult times and all of the uncertainty in the world right now, they have made sure the Jewish community is more unified than ever and that we all have something to do and someone to talk to when we need it. Hillel has shown time and time again that they care about each and every one of us as individuals, about our growth and successes.

Imagine spending your first semester of college at home, while other first-year students are on campus doing what they can to safely meet new friends. Before this semester started, Hillel staff members reached out to me for a virtual ‘get-to-know-you’. Because of that one call, I joined two Hillel classes that helped me build deep connections with students and the Jewish community at ASU. Hillel constantly reminded me that being virtual might have made things harder, but not impossible.



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2019–20 Highlights Award-Winning Programming ASU Hillel collected a 2020 Pitchfork Award for Outstanding Wellness and Mindfulness Series and was a finalist for Outstanding Cultural, Diversity and Inclusion Program.

Making an Impact on the Environment A grant from ASU Changemaker Central enabled us to reduce avoidable food waste by 60% and compost 1,895 meals.

Fighting for the Jewish Community ASU Hillel defended the pro-Israel community at student government hearings and represented ASU at national pro-Israel gatherings.

Don't Jew It Alone, Jew It in Community When we couldn’t meet in person, we created over 36 virtual gatherings to help students to connect with their peers at least once a day through our online classes and holiday celebrations.

By the Numbers student interns


students took at least one class

51 850

Shabbat and holiday meals


students visited Disneyland


first-year students engaged


unique events in 2019–20


Thank You to our supporters Hillel is dependent on the generosity of parents, alumni and friends. We sincerely appreciate every individual who supports Jewish life on campus. We apologize for any errors or omissions; please contact Sara Winkler at with any corrections. $50,000+ Maccabee Task Force Foundation Rosenbluth Family Foundation‡ Barbara & Barry Zemel‡ $25,000–$49,999

Deeann Griebel Hillel International Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix $10,000–$24,999

Nancy & Zach Brooks Shelley Cohn‡ Diane & John Eckstein David Frazer Benjamin Goldberg Memorial Trust Gary Jaburg/Jaburg Wilk Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Joel Schaller Howard Weinstein $5,000–$9,999 Elaine & Sid Cohen Flo & Paul Eckstein Fran Frazin Rachel & Jonathan Hoffer Pat & Barry Kriegsfeld Orsett Cyndi & Jamie Rosenthal

$2,500–$4,999 Julianna Dain Barbara & Allan Friedman Cheryl & Ira Gaines Cheryl & Stan Hammerman Randi & Alan Jablin/Friedel Family Foundation $1,000–$2,499 3rd Avenue Investments ABLE Financial Anonymous Arizona Coyotes Arizona Diamondbacks ASU Counseling Services Amy & David Balis Dorothy & Michael Blaire Nancy Bodinet & Todd Franks Carpet Closeouts Wendy & David Carriere CBRE Chulew Family Shirley & Mark Cohen Francine Coles Congregation Beth Israel Melanie & Hilton Efune Goldberg Law Group Beth Shapiro & Steve Goldstein Heart & Vascular Center of AZ Fred Horne Jason Hyams Joel Jacob Selina & Eli Kaminsky

Please welcome our new Board President

Aaron Sacks

Shari & Irwin Kanefsky KD Capital Equipment, LLC Kotzin Valuation Partners Kimberly & Norman Kur Bone/Levine Family Trust Lodestar Jewish Donor Advised Fund Irene Metz Jenny Norton & Bob Ramsey Gail & Ed Ober Linda & Howard Pressman Rosana Bodanis Farber Memorial Program Endowment Laura & Herb Roskind Sacks Tierney P.A. Becca & Aaron Sacks Jennifer & Steven Schwarz Judy & Mark Searle Secore & Niedzialek, P.C. Septon Development Group Shelly & Charles Sherman Susan & Brent Silver Silverware Dale & Alan Singer SMS Financial Eva & Marvin Steiner Tratt Properties Lauren Trattner Adar Venyige Caryll & Gerald Webner Winston Foundation Julie & Daniel Witenstein $500–$999 Carrie & Morris Aaron Judy Ackerman & Richard Epstein Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation, Inc. Alpha Epsilon Pi ASU Arizona Community Foundation ASU Panhellenic Council Fraternity & Sorority Life Barbara & Lewis Brown Sharon & Allan Bulman Marcia Diane Israel on Campus Coalition

Linda & Robert Glassman Lance Goldberg Bruce Greenberg Diane Mann & Gary Grove Hasbara Fellowships Jared Hirschl & Jessielyn Kreitzer Hirschl Jewish Free Loan Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix Jewish Studies, Arizona State University Debbie & Ben Kail Rabbi Elana Kanter & Rabbi Michael Wasserman Andrea & Jay Katz Veronica & Eddie Lange Tracy Leonard-Warner & Randy Warner Martha & David Lieberman Kristina & Marvin Lustiger Marcia & James Marx Nancy & Larry Moffitt Jason Neiman Erika & Steven Neuberg Rachel & Doug Passon Randee & Shlomo Pri-tal Susie & Bob Roth Pamela & Jonathan Ruzi Jacqueline & Wolf Safrin Tracy & Marc Schwimmer Eva Shuch Nancy & Stuart Siefer Wendi & Howard Sobelman StandWithUs Beth Waldinger Pamela Weiner-Malkin & Steve Malkin Pamela & Gary Yunker Jodi & Steven Zimelman Ann & Ted Zinman $180–$499 Shotsy Abramson Sue & David Adatto Tami Adelman Sandy Adler Susan & Michael Alpern Carol & Thomas Alpert

Hillel at ASU is a strategic partner of the

Rochelle Angel Mike Arko Sarah Balis Rachael Barkley Tricia & Andy Beran Susan & Lee Berk Julian Beuzieron Ethan Bindelglas Lisa & Heath Blumstein Donny Bolen Linda & Jeffrey Bonn Robin & Ian Bratslavsky Jason Bronowitz Ari Brooks Terry Brown Stefanie & Jerry Cargill Elaine & Jeffrey Chapman Chompie's Stacey & Mark Chulew Peter Couleur Edith Cox & Brian Nickel Jennifer Eckstein Ellen & Lee Eisinberg Leah & Sol Eskinazi Yocheved Feitman Judith Gardenswartz Alan Gendler Barbara & Joel Gereboff Marilyn & Joseph Gimbel Tanya & Igor Glubochansky Kelly & Michael Goldberg Daniel Goldfried Fran & Edwin Goldstein Yvette & Bernard Goldstein Midge & Gerald Golner Naomi & David Goodell Fred Greenberg Andrea Greenberg Helen & Ron Greenburg Helene Harty Hillel JSC Tampa Iva & Larry Hirsch Leslie Hirsch Interfraternity Council at ASU Julie & Jonathan Ivanhoe Zachary Jaburg Stephanie & Frank Jacobson Jewish National Fund

Ruthie & Ira Joseph Steven E. Kaplan Jenny Katz Sophie Katz Leo & Evelyn Kelman Endowment Fund Sherry & Dennis Kesden Inna & Alexandr Khazanovich Joel Kirschbaum Adrienne Kirschner Wendi & Howard Klatsky Michelle & Bryan Kort Diana & Howard Krasnow Lauren & Simon Kreisberger Benjamin Lane Keith Laufer Mikayla Laufer Stokes & Derek Stokes Andrea & Jerry Lewkowitz Renee Lovingood Irene & Donald Lubin Cynthia Lubin & David Lorsch Lynn & Matthew Luger Hayley Magerman Kimberly Marshall & Adam Zweiback Robin Martin Karen McSteen Mark Messinger Cheryse & Efrem Miller Andi Minkoff Shannon & Keith Mishkin Leah Nahon Marc Newman Brian Nickel NJOP Adam Reeback Lauren & Jeffrey Rips Wendy & Jonathan Rose Harriet & Gil Rosen Sari Roth Karen Scates Esther & Donald Schon Claire & Seymour Schonwetter Wayne Schulman & Gwen Sabo


Dean Shapiro & Haim Ainsworth Cory Shapiro & Rachel Zaslow Marlene & Eugene Shapiro Sandra Sheinbein Aaron Sherman Carmen & Joel Sideman Sara & Bob Silver George-Ann & Barry Silverman Evelyn & Daniel Simon Morton Sitver Audra & James Small Adam Sonnenklar Jennifer Sosnow Richard Stark Elana & Daniel Storch Richard Strauss Suzanne & Richard Swift Hava Tirosh-Samuelson & Tzimche Manoach Donna & Rudy Troisi Stu Turgel Ronald Underberg Von Veeh Susie & Scott Wallace David Weiner Gayle & Jay Weiss Marie & William Wolf Adam Zalkin Mickie & Paul Zatulove $100+ Brittany Abramson Kiera & David Allen Ruth Arieli Arizona Gives Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund Sandy & Philip Balis Diana Bamford David Brokaw

Elayne Brown Amy & Adam Browser Marcy Cameron Robert Chasan Julie Cohen Ken Cohen Joyce & Jay Cooper Alessandra Crawford Sheryl & Ron Davidow Anna & Michael Elfenbaum Marty & Elliot Ellentuck Rochelle & Stan Ferdman Anne & Noel Fidel Mary Flora James Forro Virginia & David Foster Brenda Fox Rina & Michael Freeman Alice Gartell Roberta Gershon Matthew Gever Deborah & Hirsch Goffman Carole Greenes Allison Gusdorff Joseph Hecht Phillip Horwitz Terri & Rick Jonas Pat & David Kader Orit & Don Kalman Rich Kasper Gail Fisher & Mel Kessler Robert Kimball Robert Kirschenbaum Martin Kudler Marjorie & Brian Laks Hana & Frank Lange Vivian Laufer Mecah Levy Mindy & Shalom Lewis Carol Linda & Arthur Brandon Jack Linde

Gary Linhart Andrea & Michael Malve Skeeter & Gary Marcus Rebecca Mayper Michelle Meiches Joseph Miller Esta & Bob Mitchell Polly Morris & Randy Nussbaum Andrea & Richard Newhauser Gail & Ron Ober Esther & Abe Orlick Thomas Osterman Sandra & Joseph Palais Monte Pollard Virginie & Jeremy Polster Ann & Mel Polunsky Marcia Pompan Rachel Poulin Joyce & Dan Rabinowitz Marilyn & Sheldon Raizes Lisa & Steve Rauch Janet & Tom Rees Sharon & Avi Rembaum Sandra & Robert Rips Maddy & Sheldon Roth Jill & Alan Sandler Linda & Irwin Sandler Janet Scheer Stephanie & Edward Schlossmacher Rana & Joseph Schwartz Susan & Mark Sendrow Janet Shalwitz & Burt Feuerstein Paula & Arlie Sherman Eileen & Arthur Shiff Bunny & Sandor Shuch Rosalyn Silverman Matt Small Martine & Larry Speckler

Dorry & Harry Sunenshine Sally Trattner Elizabeth Tregor-Dokken & Stephen Dokken Pat Warren Mindy & Todd Weiss Gerald Zack In-Kind Donations

Chompie's Exhibit Experts Allan Friedman Goldman Management Hunter Hagan & Co., Ltd. Julie & Myles Lynk NY Bagels & Bialys Eva & Marvin Steiner Legacy Society

Judy Ackerman & Richard Epstein Tricia & Andy Beran Kim & Aaron Blau Nancy Bodinet & Todd Franks Nancy & Zach Brooks Karen & Jay Bycer Rabbi Micah Caplan* Wendy & David Carriere Barbara & Jason Carroll Elaine & Sid Cohen Shelley Cohn Francine Coles Diane & John Eckstein Flo & Paul Eckstein Jacqueline Fine-Breger David Frazer Barbara & Allan Friedman Deborah & Hirsch Goffman Beth Shapiro & Steve Goldstein Deeann Griebel

Diane Mann & Gary Grove Cheryl & Stan Hammerman Randi & Alan Jablin Debbie & Ben Kail Shari & Irwin Kanefsky Gail Fisher & Mel Kessler Nina & Michael Kotin Pat & Barry Kriegsfeld Kimberly & Norman Kur Sue & Mark Landy Veronica & Eddie Lange Tracy Leonard-Warner & Randy Warner Andrea & Jerry Lewkowitz Barbara Lewkowitz & Geoffrey Gonsher Irene & Donald* Lubin Irene Metz Andi & Sherman* Minkoff Nancy & Larry Moffitt Bruce Nager* Rachel & Elliot Rabinovich Valerie & Herschel Richter Cyndi & Jamie Rosenthal Sari Roth Susie & Bob Roth

Karen Scates Tracy & Marc Schwimmer Sandra Sheinbein Nancy & Stuart Siefer Marcia & Arlen Solochek Susan & Paul Stander Elaine Waxman & Bob Segelbaum Marcia & Max* Weisberg Barbara & Barry Zemel Ann & Ted Zinman Anonymous (5) * of blessed memory ‡ Capital Campaign donation

ASU Hillel Board of Directors 2019–20 Steven M. Goldstein President

Joel Schaller

Michael Goldberg Cheryl Hammerman

Vice President

Jason Hyams

Allan Friedman

Kimberly Kur


Ed Ober

Lauren Trattner

Linda Pressman


Sarah Balis

Student Board President

Aaron Sacks Adar Veniyge

LIFE & LEGACY is a multi-year partnership program between the Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that promotes end-of-lifetime giving to Jewish organizations. For more information on how you can show your support for the long-term viability of Hillel’s presence at ASU, contact Debbie Yunker Kail at

Total Income: $917,940 45% Donations 47% Grants 4% Rental 3% Other

Total Expenses: $800,759 52% Student Programs 17% Fundraising 19% Management/General 12% Occupancy PPP Loan: $88,033


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