University of Hartford Hillel Receives Multi-Year Grants Totaling $114,000

February 28, 2020

University of Hartford Hillel has received two multi-year grants totaling $114,000 to help engage more students in Jewish life on campus.

These grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and Hillel International, along with support from the University of Hartford, will enable University of Hartford Hillel to recruit top talent with the creation of a new position focused on student engagement. This additional staff position will enhance support for Jewish life across campus by creating new community building and educational opportunities for Jewish students and their friends. As a result, Hillel hopes to double its number of engaged students and offer more opportunities for students to identify with the Jewish community on campus and throughout Greater Hartford, create meaningful partnerships with other campus organizations, increase Shabbat and holiday offerings, participate in Alternative Spring Break trips, and become leaders across campus.

"We are grateful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and to Hillel International for their generous support and investment in our success,” says Lisa Langsner, director of Jewish student life at the University of Hartford and director of University of Hartford Hillel. “These grants recognize both University of Hartford Hillel’s vital role in shaping the future of the Jewish community, and our potential for success on a global Jewish scale.”