Hillel professionals from around the world gather annually for a conference that brings together
the best of Hillel’s engagement training, immersion experiences, and a professional staff
conference. The conference is supplemented with a variety of trainings, including New Professionals
Institute, New Directors Institute and a student training component. Hillel Institute is held
annually during the first week of August.
New Directors Institute
New Hillel directors participate in an intensive orientation each summer. New Directors
Institute takes place as part of Hillel
Institute in St. Louis. 100% of New Directors Institute 2012 participants feel more confident
about working with students after their training.
New Hillel professionals participate in an intensive orientation each summer. New
Professionals Institute takes place as part of Hillel Institute in St. Louis.
New Director Coaching
New Hillel directors are matched with successful directors and other Hillel professionals to
serve as coaches and mentors during their first year and a half in their new role. This program
helps new directors achieve excellence and success by matching them with leaders in the field.
David M. Cohen
Fellowship for Hillel Professionals
The David M. Cohen Fellowship provides mentorship and professional leadership development to
Hillel directors with 3-plus years of field experience. Through the generosity of Abby and David
Cohen, the David M. Cohen Fellowship guarantees that our highest-performing and highest-potential
directors are supported with tools to strengthen and sharpen their skills, resulting in greater
professional excellence and increased capacity for the Hillels they lead.
Hillel values Jewish learning, not only for students, but for our professionals as well.
Through our partnerships with Pardes Institute, Hartman Institute, and Brandeis Collegiate
Institute in Los Angeles, we offer significant and meaningful Jewish experiences and study
opportunities each summer and throughout the year.
Debra S. and Joseph S. Weinberg
ACCELERATE: Hillel’s Executive Training Program
Leadership development is a key foundation to enhance the mission, vision, values, and goals
of Hillel. Through a rich combination of leadership seminars, mentorship, and individualized
learning, the Debra S. and Joseph S. Weinberg ACCELERATE Executive Training Program provides its
participants with the tools to advance within Hillel.
ACCELERATE focuses on building future executive leadership from within, by identifying
eight-twelve high potential Hillel professionals and, over a twelve month period, developing them
to prepare to assume directorships and/or positions of Hillel senior leadership within two-three
years. Participants work with an Executive Director who supports their participation in the program
and are mentored by an experienced professional in the Jewish nonprofit community.
Weinberg ACCELERATE provides participants with:
- The opportunity to learn and develop key professional competencies
- Customized professional development plans grounded in the outcomes of a 360°
performance feedback instrument
- A quality Jewish learning experience
- Two seminars which provide both leadership and professional development training
- Leadership exposure and networking opportunities
- Connection to a cohort of other top Hillel talent interested in assuming