Lisa Harris Glass of Springfield has been named the next chief executive officer for Rutgers Hillel in New Brunswick; the school is home to the largest Jewish college undergraduate population in the country. Ms. Glass will oversee the organization’s 11-member staff and continue Hillel’s work, which includes Jewish experiences, award-winning programming, and a home away from home for Rutgers’ 6,400 Jewish undergraduates and more than 1,000 Jewish graduate students.
For 13 years, Ms. Glass has been the chief operating officer at Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, which fosters a vibrant Jewish community in northern New Jersey, Israel, and abroad. Before that, she led operations in the mid-Atlantic for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, where she was responsible for 107 congregations, and before that she was the executive director of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston.
“With gratitude for my experience at JFNNJ, I am enthused to continue advancing the same mission — strengthening our New Jersey Jewish community — as CEO of Rutgers Hillel,” Ms. Glass said. “Jewish students represent the Jewish future, and I can’t wait to interact with the thousands of students Rutgers Hillel serves and partner with the team of dedicated staff and lay leaders that carry out its mission every day.”
Adam Lehman, president and CEO of Hillel International, said, “I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa to the Hillel family. Rutgers Hillel serves one of the largest Jewish student populations in North America, and Lisa’s leadership can ensure that Rutgers Hillel is engaging, inspiring, and empowering each of those students on their Jewish and life journeys.”
“For years, I have seen Lisa’s determined leadership and motivation to help our Jewish community reach new heights,” Jason Shames, CEO of the JFNNJ, said. “While we will undoubtedly miss her at federation, I am excited to be working with her further as we create the next generation of Jewish community leaders and members. Lisa’s work will undoubtedly positively affect the collaborative work of the Garden State’s Jewry and ensure its continuity.”
“Our search committee undertook a robust process to identify the next leader of our Rutgers Hillel community,” Robert Kuchner the president of Rutgers Hillel’s board, said. “Lisa stood out for the breadth and depth of her experience, and her longstanding commitment to Jewish life in Northern Jersey, which she has supported professionally for more than two decades.”
“I’m inspired — and I’m confident our students will soon be inspired — by Lisa’s dedicated leadership,” Rutgers Hillel’s incoming board president, Judith Harrison, added. “We look forward to welcoming her to Rutgers Hillel, and seeing all she accomplishes leading our organization’s next chapter.”