Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut announced today the appointment of Shelley Kedar as Hillel International’s first VP of Israel Education and Engagement. In her new role, Kedar will oversee the creation of an Israel Action Program to strengthen and support Hillel’s Israel related programming on campus. She will report directly to the President and CEO.
As a joint appointee of Hillel International and the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Kedar, 39, will continue to serve as JAFI’s central shlicha (envoy) to Hillel and as Hillel International’s Director of JAFI Israel Fellows.
“Israel education and engagement are central to Hillel International’s mission of fostering Jewish identity,” said Fingerhut. “As part of our commitment to ensuring excellence on every campus Hillel serves, I am thrilled to see a veteran Jewish educator with years of successful Israel engagement experience lead Hillel International’s new Israel Action Program, and I am grateful to the Jewish Agency for this exciting partnership.”
“Shelley brings to the senior leadership of Hillel International the ability to revitalize Israel engagement at the more than 500 Hillels around the world,” said Tina Price, member of the Board of Directors of Hillel International and Chair of the Board of the Israel on Campus Committee (ICC). “She has the unique skillset of an experienced educator coupled with an innovative vision for strategic long-term planning and implementation.”
“This is a great opportunity to deepen our partnership with Hillel International in service of our shared goal of encouraging Jewish students to create meaningful and lasting ties with Israel and strengthen their Jewish identity,” said Natan Sharansky, Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman of the Executive.
Before arriving at Hillel as the Jewish Agency shlicha, Kedar served as Director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People in Israel. Prior to that, she was the Director of Professional Development at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel educational emissary to Liberal Judaism in Great Britain.
Kedar earned a BA in Political Science, Media and Jewish Studies and an MA in Leadership and Informal Education Institutions Management at Bar Ilan University. Before that, she served as a noncommissioned officer in the IDF Education Corps as a commander at the Center for Promoting Special Populations. She is married to sustainable designer Boaz Kedar- together they are raising three children and a dog.