Jared Isaacson has been hired as executive director to take Cleveland Hillel to the next level. He begins Oct. 28. He replaces Jordan Rothkopf, who became interim director after Gary Coleman left in May 2014.
Isaacson arrives as Hillel is constructing the Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center adjacent to Hillel’s current facility at 11291 Euclid Ave. and is planning to undergo a major strategic planning process.
“Jared has a passion for helping undergraduate students, graduate students and young professionals with their Jewish journey, and a track record of strengthening Jewish agencies,” said Hillel board president Bradley Sherman.
“He is the ideal professional to ensure Hillel continues to offer exceptional programming and experiences that foster Jewish life on campus and throughout the Greater Cleveland community.”
Isaacson said he is excited to become part of a team that includes dedicated staff, active students, engaged board members and campus leadership, along with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the greater Jewish community.
“I want to be able to connect with everyone to see what we need to do together to continue Cleveland Hillel on its path to being the best campus-based Jewish organization in Cleveland and a premier Hillel within the international system,” Isaacson said.
Isaacson has held leadership roles in Hillel and Jewish federations in Canada.
In a career devoted to the Jewish community, Isaacson has built expertise in organizational development, fundraising and communications. He served as assistant director of development for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa in Canada. He was national director of Hillel Canada and executive director of Western Hillel at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Board members Jennifer Cohen and Gregg Levine chaired the search process.
About Rothkopf, Sherman said, “Jordan has done a fantastic job helping Hillel engage and empower Jewish young adults, and we are grateful for his service.”
Isaacson’s arrival comes as Hillel and Case Western Reserve University work to enhance Jewish life at the school and increase the percentage of Jewish students.
The renovation is creating a main entrance on the north side of Euclid Avenue near Cornell Road, just a block west of the vibrant Uptown development. It will contain a kosher restaurant open to the public, flexible activity space, and classroom space for the university that will make Hillel a more integral part of campus life.
Cleveland Hillel was founded in 1947 to serve Jewish students at Case Institute of Technology & Western Reserve University. Today, it serves 2,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at CWRU, Oberlin College and Cleveland State University. It also works with students at Baldwin-Wallace University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cuyahoga Community College, John Carroll University, Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Notre Dame College in South Euclid and Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.