Benjie Kaplan Chosen To Represent Local Campus Needs To Hillel International

Benjie Kaplan, the executive director of Minnesota Hillel, has been chosen to serve in a leadership role for Hillel International, the umbrella organization for the college campus Jewish engagement centers.

Kaplan will join 14 other Hillel directors from campuses across North America to serve on Hillel International’s Directors Cabinet, where he will represent local campus centers and their interests to the organization’s leadership. 

“After 16 years on college campuses, 10 working for Hillel, I have seen the impact that Hillel can make, as well as the struggles Jewish students on campus face each and every day,” Kaplan said in a statement. “I’m honored to bring this experience to a broader national conversation about how Hillel can continue to be at the forefront of inspiring and supporting students at this most critical time in their lives.”

The Hillel campus movement, started by Rabbi Benjamin Frankel at the University of Illinois in 1923, is celebrating its centennial. Now, Hillel International represents more than 850 campuses worldwide, serves around 140,000 students every year, and recently launched a $150 million campaign to support operations.

The Hillel directors on the cabinet “represent campuses large and small across North America and carry with them expertise that benefits the Hillel movement every day,” said Adam Lehman, Hillel International’s president and CEO, in a statement. “As members of the Directors Cabinet, they will each play a leading role in guiding our movement into 2023 and beyond.”