University of Chicago Hillel

U Of Chicago Faculty Members Blame Federation For Hillel Crisis

04/17/2012 - 20:00
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A group of 37 faculty members at the University of Chicago sent a blistering letter charging the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago with a “total lack of regard for the values” of the university and community in its decision to fire the popular executive director of the school’s Hillel, along with its 17 board members.

The action was taken several weeks ago after the Federation and Hillel reached an impasse over the Jewish campus group’s request for autonomy.

Showdown At Chicago Hillel

04/16/2012 - 20:00

One of the few undisputed facts in the bitter clash between the University of Chicago’s Hillel director and board, on the one hand, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago that operates it, on the other, is that the school’s Hillel program was one of the best in the country.

“Was” because the federation has fired Daniel Libenson, the executive director of the Hillel, along with his 17-member advisory board, in a showdown over issues of power, independence and funding.

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