North Carolina Hillel is excited to announce the promotion of Michelle Brownstein Horowitz to Campus Director, UNC Chapel Hill. In this newly created role, Michelle will guide NC Hillel's flagship Hillel. She has been with NC Hillel for eight years, previously serving as Associate Director, UNC Chapel Hill. In this capacity, she oversaw UNC Hillel's student engagement, programming, and student leadership development. In her expanded role, Michelle will also take on greater responsibilities in strategy, development, and university and community relations.
"Michelle has been an outstanding colleague and an invaluable thought partner for the last eight years, and I'm thrilled to have her as UNC Hillel's first Campus Director," said Ari Gauss, Executive Director of NC Hillel, which builds Jewish community on nine campuses across the state. "She has a profound dedication to Carolina's Jewish students and a love of building Jewish community. Michelle is also a strategic thinker and deeply committed to organizational excellence, she routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty, and she has made innumerable contributions over the years as a member of our senior leadership team. I look forward to continuing our work together as she takes on this new role."
Michelle has led the UNC Hillel team during a period of tremendous organizational growth. She has captained UNC Hillel's student engagement team as it has grown from two staff to five, developing a broad and exciting array of opportunities for Carolina students.
Under Michelle's leadership, new offerings have included the Jewish Learning Fellowship (which has educated 82 Tar Heels over three semesters), the Onward Israel summer internship program (with 27 students in its pilot cohort), post-Birthright extensions in Tel Aviv, annual Queer Passover Seders, and UNC Hillel basketball teams participating in national tournaments. Michelle has led alternative spring break and NC Hillel Birthright Israel trips, written and taught a curriculum about modern Israeli politics, and worked diligently to create deeper, more meaningful Jewish community on campus.
Notably, with Michelle at the helm of the student engagement team, UNC Hillel was named the #1 Most Impactful Hillel in a 2016 Hillel International survey of over 10,000 North American Jewish college students.
Michelle said, "I feel very fortunate to have been part of such an incredible community over the last eight years, working with amazing Tar Heels and inspiring colleagues. I am excited to take on this new role and to continue developing meaningful relationships with UNC students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents. This is a great opportunity for UNC Hillel to expand and deepen our work and strengthen Carolina's Jewish community."