Alabama B Nai B Rith Hillel Foundation Inc.

Providing a home away from home for Jewish students since 1934

aka Bama Hillel and Bloom Hillel   |   TUSCALOOSA, AL   |  hillel.ua.edu

Mission

The Alabama B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at the University of Alabama provides Jewish students with cultural, social and religious opportunities as it endeavors to serve as their home away from home. Our focus is on building future community leaders.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Dr. Lisa Raymon Besnoy

Main address

380 9TH ST

TUSCALOOSA, AL 35401 USA

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EIN

30-0459224

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

Bloom Hillel provides a home away from home for nearly 1000 students at The University of Alabama. Bloom Hillel provides programming which connects students to Jewish tradition, culture, and celebrations. Weekly Shabbat dinners, Sunday lox and bagel brunch, High Holiday meals, and celebrations of various Jewish holidays are provided free of charge for students attending The University of Alabama and surrounding postsecondary institutions.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Conservative Jews, Reform Jews

Related Program

Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the number of individuals served.

Number of free participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Conservative Jews, Reform Jews

Related Program

Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of families here to work with Admissions who request a tour of Hillel.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Alliances with soroitys and fraternitys, israel support groups, DEI groups

Number of youth who demonstrate leadership skills (e.g., organizing others, taking initiative, team-building)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Conservative Jews, Reform Jews

Related Program

Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students serving on the student board and/or as interns.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Interfaith groups, Conservative Jews, Reform Jews

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Reform Jews, Conservative Jews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Conservative Jews, Reform Jews

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To promote, foster, and sponsor the educational , religious and philanthropic activities of the University of Alabama B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation maintained on behalf of the Jewish student body of The University of Alabama.

For the academic year, 2019-2020 we were severly limited by Covid restrictions but did serve 3,200 meals to 350 students offering to go meals and outdoor settings. Since the start of the 2021-2022 academic year we have already served 2,129 meals from mid-August thru October and anticipate setting new attendance records at multiple events.

We employ an Executive Director with extensive experience in Higher Education working with studentd and their families. Additionaly, 10-13 student interns are employed to enable Hillel to provide these services and offers a paid leadership posiition to students.

We offer weekly Shabbat dinners and bi-weekly brunch on Sundays, celebrate all of the major Jewish Holidays as well as other events built around the University calendar. Our building, Bloom Hillel, is open 6 days a week at a minimum from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and provides a meeting place for Jewish students at The University of Alabama fostering fellowship among the students.

We encourage students to represent us in campus wide initiatives and are well represented in Student Government and Service and Learning Initiatives as well as Greek Life.

We have become much better at utilizing our database for fundraising. As our student interest grows, so has our parent donor support. This is important since we do not charge students. Our student board, paid interns and Board of Trustees are very engaged and are helping to plan our first ever Jewish Alumni weekend on campus next spring.

Our relations with the University administration is excellent and we are able to find support from multiple divisions. The growth of the Jewish student body is largely attributed to Hillel's success by top administrators, the admissions and alumni offices. This has been important and critical to growing our physical space.

Highest participation rate ever...growing pool of applicants who want to be interns, increased donor dollars.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Feedback from student participants directly effect the type of programming offered, mode of delivery, and daily operations of Bloom Hillel. Semester surveys are sent out to gain feedback on favorite programming and new programming suggestions. These results steer the development of future programming and operational changes.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Alabama B Nai B Rith Hillel Foundation Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Star Bloom

Alabama B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Inc

Term: 2018 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Mike Honan

Alabama B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Inc

Term: 2018 - 2023

Stephen Bauman

Developed

Jeffrey Bayer

investor

Tara Bloom

Health Care

Joseph Bloomston

Financial

Marc Bloomston

Physician

Charles Boardman

retired

Risa Hayet

Event Planner

Cameron Bauman

Construction

Cheryl Collat

volunteer

Marvin Epstein

UBS Atlanta

Sally Friedman

Birmingham Jewish Foundation

Scott Godchaux

Consultant

Sherron Goldstein

retired

Leslie Heins

editor

Anna Herman

Director Camp Jacobs

Eric Isaacson

Health Care

Parker Jacobs

Financial Services

Heidi Kinsella

volunteer

Rochelle Koslin

retired

Danny Mansberg

UBS Memphis

Tzili Montgomery

Federation Central Alabama

Irving Meisler

investor

Camille Mendle

retired

Ashley Metsky

volunteer

Paula Quarles

retired

Bobbie Siegal

retired

Steven Silberman

Rabbi

Stephanie Steinmetz

Dentist

Star Bloom

retired

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.