Kenyon Celebrates the Achievement of an Endowment for Jewish Life and Hillel

Kenyon celebrated an achievement this spring that few institutions of higher education have ever attained, as it recognized the creation of a $1-million endowment for its Hillel organization.

The endowment will support Jewish education, religious services, and programming at the College.

"A Celebration of Achievement" for Jewish life and Hillel took place on Monday, May 10, at The Players in New York City. The cocktail and buffet reception featured An Evening of Sholom Aleichem, created and performed by Murray Horwitz '70.

The first full-time Hillel director was appointed at Kenyon in 1997. Since that time, Hillel has thrived as an organization offering a wide range of activities and cultural events that benefit the entire campus while serving the Jewish community at the College and in the surrounding area.

Kenyon's celebration honored Alan E. Rothenberg, a College trustee and a 1967 graduate of Kenyon, for his leadership and fundraising efforts.

Before his career as director of cultural programming for National Public Radio and head of the American Film Institute's Silver Theater, Horwitz was a performer. His one-man tribute to the great Russian storyteller and humorist Sholom Aleichem, begun during his years at Kenyon, became a theatrical signature piece, performed to acclaim nationwide.