Hillel For Utah Announces Creation of Executive Director Position at Westminster

Jun 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 Dana Tumpowsky to serve Jewish college/university students across the state SALT LAKE CITY -Westminster College is pleased to announce that long-time staffer Dana Tumpowsky is accepting a new position as executive director of the newly expanded Hillel for Utah. Tumpowsky founded Hillel for Utah at Westminster and as has served as its volunteer advisor for over four years. She will assume her full-time role as executive director on July 1. Eric D. Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International, recently announced that the Adam R. Bronfman Family Foundation and The Samuel Bronfman Foundation are establishing a full-time executive director position in order to expand Hillel for Utah beyond Westminster's campus. Hillel for Utah is the only chapter of the international Jewish campus organization in the state, which connects with students at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. Its expansion and the establishment of the executive director position will allow for a stronger approach to reaching more Jewish students in the state of Utah, and for the inclusion of more campuses in the Hillel for Utah structure. "We are pleased that hundreds of students in Utah will benefit from the expansion of Hillel's reach in that state," said Adam Bronfman, president of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. "Hillel's continued work ensures that the future of the Jewish people is a bright one, and the Bronfman Foundation is proud to support the growth of Hillel for Utah." The new Hillel for Utah will engage more students from Utah colleges and universities through unique programming such as Ask Big Questions Shabbat dinners, a Hanukkah Latkefest, a Passover Seder and more. The student-guided organization will be empowered by Tumpowsky's full-time support to offer Utah students cultural awareness, service opportunities and connections to Utah's Jewish community. "Hillel's newly elevated presence in Utah will offer increased support for Jewish students and a stronger focus on Jewish life, learning and connection to Israel across the state. Dana's appointment as executive director ensures that more students will benefit from her dedication and passion for our important work." said Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel International. "We are very grateful to the Bronfman Foundations for continuing to enable Hillel's growth throughout North America." About Hillel International: Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities in 13 countries on five continents, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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