On November 11, more than 300 people came together at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park for the event, Empowering Our Students for Jewish Campus Life. The event brought together attendees from the Northern Suburbs for a College Hillel Fair representing 13 Universities and a presentation by Hillel International President CEO and former Congressman Eric Fingerhut. Fingerhut’s keynote was followed by breakout sessions for high school students where they learned about Jewish Campus Life from current college students on three different campuses and Israel advocacy from Write On for Israel participants. Parents and community members had a chance to ask questions of Eric Fingerhut, John Lowenstein, Vice President of Campus Affairs, and Erez Cohen, Director of Illini Hillel.
I brought my son to the event and we both found the evening to be inspiring, educational and informative. As a junior, my son is beginning his college search and the Hillel representatives we spoke to were wonderful. They were friendly and knowledgeable and took the time to answer all our questions. The keynote address was very inspiring and thought provoking while the breakout sessions were well suited to our specific needs.- Event Attendee
We would like to take this opportunity to again thank North Suburban Synagogue Beth El for hosting this incredible event, as well as the synagogues that cosponsored the event with us: North Suburban Synagogue Beth El (Highland Park), Am Shalom (Glencoe), Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (Wilmette), Congregation B'nai Tikvah (Deerfield), Congregation Beth Shalom (Northbrook), Moriah Congregation (Deerfield) , and North Shore Congregation Israel (Glencoe).