GW Hillel Director Kirstein recognized for excellence

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Adena Kerstein meets with students at the Gewirz Center of Hillel at The George Washington University. Photo by David Stuck

GW Hillel Executive Director Adena Kirstein was among the Hillel professionals to be recognized as a Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence by Washington-based Hillel International.

“Adena Kirstein represents Hillel at its best: uplifting and inspiring students, and building a thriving Jewish student community,” Hillel International President and CEO Adam Lehman said in a statement.


The awardees, chosen because of how they symbolize Hillel’s culture of excellence, were honored before a virtual audience of over 1,000 Hillel professionals from around the world as part of Hillel International’s Global Assembly, an annual event that brings leaders together for professional development and networking.

In September, Kirstein oversaw the opening of Gewirz Center of Hillel at The George Washington University, the culmination of a $13.5 million building project.

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“More than anything, [GW Hillel] is a sense of belonging,” she said then. “It’s a sense of being seen, it’s like you can’t fall through the cracks. If students have that sense, they can do anything.”

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