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  The board of directors of Orange County Hillel is delighted to welcome Tamy Cohen Jacobs – who has over 25 years of Jewish communal professional experience – as Executive Director of OC Hillel.
  Tamy was selected after a national search and competitive selection process from a strong field of Jewish leaders. The search committee included Joni Segal, Matthew Ghan, Susan Levinstein, and Alexandra Bennett. A wide array of stakeholders interviewed the finalists.
  Marc Garelick, OC Hillel’s new board chair said, “Tamy impresses me as a strategic and creative leader with tremendous energy and passion for community building. I am confident that she will lead OC Hillel to new heights as we work to enrich the lives of increasing numbers of Jewish students at our OC campuses. With her extensive experience living and studying in Israel, she will ensure that students at UCI, Chapman and Fullerton have the tools and confidence to stand up to anti-Israel bias and antisemitism.”
  Tamy will start this month succeeding Johannah Sohn, who recently moved to Temple Beth Shalom to serve as Director of Youth Education.
  Tamy Cohen Jacobs has a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago and most recently completed a fellowship at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. She has a strong background in organizational development and community outreach. She served as the Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and she served as executive director for Congregation B’nai Torah in Highland Park, Illinois. Previously, she oversaw child and family services for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. She also founded and managed an adoption consulting firm. Named as one of ten remarkable Jewish communal professionals by Upstart in 2017, Tamy developed expertise in design thinking, entrepreneurship and adaptive leadership in the Chicago Innovation Fellowship.
  OC Hillel board member Susan Levinstein said, “all of Tamy’s references told us without reservation that Tamy is all about relationships. Her eye for detail revolves around people, their strengths and their struggles.”
  “I am very excited to share my passion about Judaism and Israel with the Orange County community,” said Tamy. “Having studied alongside college-age Jews at Pardes, I fell in love with their energy and enthusiasm for life, and I value their conviction as well as their sense of openness to knowing more. I can’t think of a more compelling mission than Hillel’s to meet a defining challenge of this generation: to help students navigate an increasingly complex and multifaceted world while helping them form strong connections to Judaism and Israel.”
    The Hillel Foundation of Orange County is an affiliate of Hillel International and serves Jewish students at UC-Irvine, Chapman University and Cal State Fullerton.


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