Hillel at UMass Amherst Wins International Award for Jewish Programming on Campus

November 18, 1998

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AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Hillel has been selected to receive the 1998 William Haber Award for programs of quality for the Jewish campus community by International Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, D.C. UMass Hillel was recognized for "Making Choices of Loving, Living, and Dying," a year-long series of programs examining issues confronting Jewish students such as intermarriage, the environment, and Jewish identity.

The award will be presented at the 1998 Schusterman Hillel International Professional Staff Conference in Princeton, N.J., Dec. 20 - 23.

"The Haber Award is International Hillel’s gold medal," says Rabbi Saul Perlmutter, director of Hillel at the University. "UMass Hillel has been selected to receive this international recognition for the fourth time since the award was established in 1978. We are one of only three schools worldwide to achieve this feat, placing UMass Hillel in the forefront of Jewish campus life."

William Haber Award recipients are chosen annually by a committee of Hillel lay leaders, academic advisors, students, and professionals, says Perlmutter. The award is named in memory of Dean William Haber of the University of Michigan, who served as chair of the Hillel Commission from 1955 -1963. Haber was a renowned academic and economist who served in many leadership positions of significance to world Jewry.

Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world and is committed to empowering and engaging Jewish students through its network of over 500 regional centers, campus foundations, and affiliates, says Perlmutter. One of the chief goals of the organization is building Jewish identity while nurturing intellectual and spiritual growth within a pluralistic community.