Hillel Gatherings: December 2013 Update
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Dear Colleagues,

With the transition in our leadership,  Hillel  has the opportunity to revisit the form and function of our gatherings of students, professionals and key stakeholders. (Please note that the contents herein were prepared last week prior to Scott Brown's leave this week.)

The coming year brings many opportunities for networks of professionals to come together to learn, celebrate and provide thought leadership to our work and the Jewish world.  From Ask Big Questions Basic Trainings to the Northeastern Hillel Connected Network Convening and the David M. Cohen Fellowship Cohort Kick-Off, our professionals are convening for diverse purposes in a variety of locations every month. 

The power of these smaller gatherings has been immeasurable.  And yet, we recognize the importance of gathering our movement on a large scale.  Through numerous conversations with the Directors Cabinet and Senior Leadership at Hillel International, we are pleased to share the plans for Gatherings in 2014. 

May 2014 – Volunteer Leaders and Hillel Directors
In May 2014, we will gather Hillel Directors and Volunteer Leaders in conjunction with the Renaissance Gala.
The Volunteer Leader Institute will gather Hillel Professional and Volunteer Leadership teams for 24-hours focused on inspiration and strategy, as well as training and sharing best practices. 
Since the academic year will have recently concluded, the Directors’ Gathering will provide an opportunity  for planning the Movement’s future.   
Dates and locations for each of these May gatherings will be forthcoming.  For more information, please contact Rob Goldberg or me.
August 2014 – Engagement Institute for Students and New Professionals only
To continue a tradition of more than twenty years, we will once again gather students and New Professionals – including all Israel Fellows and New Directors – in August.  This year we will gather these groups back at Washington University in St. Louis for Engagement Institute 2014. 

This Engagement Institute will include training for Student Engagement Interns and Leaders and Supervisors, Ask Big Questions Fellows and Supervisors, new Professionals, new Directors, and all Israel Fellows and Supervisors. Engagement Institute will take place August 6 – 10, 2014.  More details regarding funding will be forthcoming.  For more information about:
For questions regarding the week overall, please contact Rachel Gildiner

This year, unlike the past four years, the August gathering will not convene our entire Hillel movement, but only these specific cohorts.  Therefore…
December 2014 – Hillel Institute for all Staff
We look forward to convening the entire field in the middle of the 2014-2015 academic year for our largest gathering ever – Hillel Institute 2014.  The winter season will provide an opportunity to reflect, rejuvenate and even reengineer ourselves and our Hillels.  We’ll look forward to celebrating our colleagues, building our movement, and learning from each other.  We anticipate a return to the East Coast for this gathering, but more details, information on dates, location and funding opportunities will be forthcoming.  For more information about Hillel Institute, contact Jamie Schiffman.
We’ll look forward to sharing more details about each of these gatherings in the coming weeks and months.  Please do not hesitate to be in touch for more information.

Best wishes to you and your families for continued Chanukah celebrations that are filled with gratitude and light.

Scott Brown
Vice President for Talent
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