Greater Baltimore Hillels — Johns Hopkins University Hillel, UMBC Hillel, Goucher Hillel and Towson Hillel combined –won the “Great Place to Work Award” from Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
In presenting the award, Hillel Executive Vice President Scott Brown said that “Baltimore Hillels provide a uniquely enriching and supportive environment that balances the demands of work and home, and is uncompromising in its continuous pursuit of individual and team growth.”
Brown noted that these Hillels share resources by applying together for grants, providing regional Taglit-Birthright Israel experiences and offering professional development opportunities. Professionals are urged to apply for a fellowship through a local Jewish foundation and are fully integrated into the local Jewish Federation system. Baltimore Hillels use weekly supervision sessions and full-staff meetings as opportunities to give, receive and solicit constructive feedback. He added that, “the paramount example of what makes the Baltimore Hillel system a great place to work is the sacred, confidential monthly meeting of peer professionals that unfailingly fosters a supportive community, accountability, and intentional personal and professional growth.”
The award was presented at Hillel Institute, the annual conference that brings together separate training programs for Hillel professionals and student leaders. More than 1,000 Hillel students, professionals, lay leaders and partner agency representatives attended the 2011 event, which was held for the second year on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.
Hillel is the largest organization in the world with a focus on university-age Jews, serving young adults at more than 550 colleges and communities in the North America, South America, Israel and the former Soviet Union. Hillel seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.