Religion, Spiritual Development

B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation

  • Columbus, OH
  • www.osuhillel.org

Mission Statement

The Ohio State University Hillel Foundation, the center of Jewish campus life, engages students in social, cultural, educational, and religious activities both on and off campus. Students participate in more than 60 programs per quarter ranging from - community service, social action, athletic activities, singing, Israel programming to religious education. With a strong focus on leadership development, students are encouraged and trained to organize and lead their own groups while benefiting from the extensive resources of this Nationally recognized institution.

Main Programs

  1. Critical Issues Series
  2. Serving Jewish students on campus
  3. STARFISH
Service Areas

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Ohio

OSU Hillel is connected to the OSU campus and also serves the broader Columbus community

ruling year

1951

Executive Director

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Mr. Joseph Kohane

Keywords

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OSU Jewish Student Center

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Also Known As

OSU Hillel

EIN

31-1048567

 Number

4346975206

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Jewish (X30)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Critical Issues Series

The OSU Hillel Foundation's programs include a Critical Issues Series with several newsmaking speakers a year, religious learning, community service projects, social action projects, social activities, athletics, holocaust programming, a full-service kosher Cafe and a drama/acapella group. We help students find a place they feel welcome in and give them the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the organization.

Category

Community Service

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Serving Jewish students on campus

Open and welcoming to everyone, OSU Hillel is one of the largest, most exciting, and most versatile organizations at The Ohio State University. Students and staff create partnerships to build connections with various organizations and departments around OSU and with the greater Columbus area. Together, they have made OSU Hillel an integral part of campus social, cultural, educational, political and religious life.

Category

Area, Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Adults

None

Budget

$1,200,000.00

Program 3

STARFISH

Community service opportunities for Ohio State University students.

Category

Community Service

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,500.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Ohio State University Hillel Foundation, the center of Jewish campus life, engages students in social, cultural, educational, and religious activities both on and off campus. Students participate in more than 60 programs per quarter ranging from - community service, social action, athletic activities, singing, Israel programming to religious education. With a strong focus on leadership development, students are encouraged and trained to organize and lead their own groups while benefiting from the extensive resources of this nationally-recognized institution.

    Our goal is to create an ongoing tight-knit community of Jewish students here on campus, and to make them feel a part of Hillel. We ultimately seek to develop our students into strong, active Jewish community members wherever they may go after graduation. We help to develop leadership skills in them through internships and jobs, committees and groups, and seek to enrich their college experience.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Students participate in more than 60 programs per semester, including everything from community service, social action, and athletic activities to music, Israel programming, and religious education. With a strong focus on leadership development, students are encouraged and trained to organize and lead their own groups while benefiting from the extensive resources of this nationally-recognized institution.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    OSU Hillel was established in 1925, and has been able to cultivate many quality, lasting relationships with the community throughout the years. These relationships aid us in many ways-- both financially, and on a more personal, student-to-adviser level. Our Board of Trustees is made up of influential members of the Columbus Jewish community, each of which brings something unique to our organization. With our full-time office staff of about 11 people, we are able to engage our students on a one-on-one basis and create real relationships with them. Financially, we run off of donations, sponsorships, grants, etc. Many of our grants are written directly by our students, which gives them real-life experience with fundraising and furthers their leadership skills and abilities. The staff that we have in addition to our wide array of community connections enable us to consistently achieve our goals here at OSU Hillel.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    One of our goals is to reach out to as many Jewish students on campus as possible-- we do not want any of them to get lost in the crowd. To measure our progress towards this and other goals, we use both quantitative and qualitative measures. At each event we host, we take down the names and information of those in attendance, and record it in our database. This database helps us to record things like the number of students reached in a semester, the attendance patterns of a given student over their 4 years here, etc. This is one of our largest sources of quantitative data, though we also incorporate several other programs. Qualitative information is gathered in a face-to-face method, with our staff members getting feedback directly from our students.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    With each passing year, we make necessary adjustments to better serve our students. With our goal of reaching out to each Jewish student on campus, there is always room for improvement. Each year we think of new ways to include everyone-- from one-on-one meetings with our Rabbi, to student groups and special events. One major step forward was the incorporation of CEIs. These students are hired solely to find Jewish students who are not currently active at Hillel, and to bring them to events. Though we are not yet perfect at reaching everyone, we are constantly improving and reaching out to more and more Jewish students on campus each year.
Service Areas

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Ohio

OSU Hillel is connected to the OSU campus and also serves the broader Columbus community

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THE B'NAI B'RITH HILLEL FOUNDATION AT OSU
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Executive Director

Mr. Joseph Kohane

BIO

Joseph Kohane has worked for many years in the Hillel network and has been the Executive Director of OSU Hillel for 20 years. He has transformed this institution into a nationally recognized leader in the field of student engagement and empowerment.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Stephanie Leader

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