Hillel appoints director

Hillel chooses Interim Director Andrea Hoffman to fulfill open position.

By Nathan Peereboom

UChicago’s Newberger Hillel has tapped Andrea Hoffman to be its next Executive Director. Since late August 2012, Hoffman has served as Interim Executive Director of the organization as a committee of students and board members conducted a national search for a permanent Executive Director. Hoffman replaced Interim Executive Director Rabbi Paul Saiger after he retired from 38 years working for Hillel. Saiger had stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director after former Executive Director Dan Libenson and members of Hillel’s board were fired in late March of 2012.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Hoffman brings nearly 20 years of experience to the office of Executive. According to Ben Sher, the chair of Newberger Hillel at UChicago, Hoffman is the recipient of Hillel International’s Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award, the co-founder of Tikkun Ha-Ir in Milwaukee, and a founding member of the Limmud Chicago Steering Committee.