Goucher Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Josh Snyder Named a David M. Cohen Fellow
Release date: December 16, 2011
Goucher Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Josh Snyder has been named a David M. Cohen Fellow by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Through the generosity of Abby and David Cohen, the David M. Cohen Fellowship guarantees that Hillel's highest-performing and highest-potential directors are supported with tools to strengthen and sharpen their skills, resulting in greater professional excellence and increased capacity for the Hillels they lead.
"Over the course of our long involvement with Hillel, Abby and I have seen the difference that skilled and passionate directors can make in providing meaningful Jewish experiences that help shape the lives of Jewish students. We are proud to be able to play a significant role in the ongoing professional development of Hillel directors who have proven to be exceptional and innovative leaders," said David Cohen.
"I am quite honored to be chosen as a part of the initial cohort," said Snyder. "In my five years in the field, I have seen that the Hillel directors who seek to continually learn and grow are the most flexible, fulfilled, and successful directors. I know this experience will be challenging and rewarding."
The fellowship commences with a launch seminar in February, to be held at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington, DC, and runs through August 2013. At the outset of the program, Snyder—along with the other Cohen fellows—will undergo a 360-degree professional evaluation by students, lay leaders, staff, and other stakeholders. The results of these evaluations will be used to create an educational arc for the fellows' work with internationally certified professional coaches.
Each Cohen fellow will also be assigned a mentor from Hillel's top leadership, and they will have an opportunity to get to know and learn from exemplary volunteer leaders who understand Hillel's goals, methodologies, and vision. Upon successful completion of the first 12 months of the fellowship, each participant will be able to access up to $2,500 from a resource pool for further professional development.
Nancy B. Gertner, Goucher Hillel board chair, said, "I am so thrilled that Rabbi Snyder is going to have this wonderful opportunity, not only for his personal growth and advancement, but also for enhancing everything he does for Goucher College and the Jewish community."
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