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Hillel naming in honor of Ginsburgs


Local philanthropist and entrepreneur Alan Ginsburg and his family honored his late son and daughter-in-law with the creation of the Jeffrey & Diane Ginsburg Center for Jewish Student Life at Central Florida Hillel.

Jeffrey Ginsburg was one of the founding board members of Central Florida Hillel, and his wife Diane served on the board years later. They are survived by their son Joseph, who was on hand for the ribbon cutting on April 3.

Attendees to the naming ceremony and ribbon cutting included special guests Sidney Pertnoy, chairman of the Board of Hillel International; Dr. John C. Hitt, president of UCF; Dr. Wendy, president of Stetson University; and Dr. Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College.

Alan Ginsburg is the main benefactor behind NorthView, the 600,000 square-foot luxury student-housing complex managed by UCF and located across the street from the university. NorthView houses Central Florida Hillel, the Catholic Campus Ministry and The Pantry, Florida’s only restaurant that is certified Kosher and Halal.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to commemorate Jeffrey and Diane’s commitment to building a dynamic and vibrant Jewish community for Jewish college students in our community,” said Russell Goldberg, chairman of the Board of Central Florida Hillel.

“As the largest Hillel in the State of Florida, this naming opportunity presents our staff and student leaders with an incredible opportunity to honor our founders. This is also the perfect opportunity to mesh Jeffrey and Diane’s commitment to higher education and to building a vibrant Jewish community,” says Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel.

CFH is the focal point for more than 6,000 Jewish university students at UCF, Rollins College and Stetson University. As the umbrella organization for all Jewish student life, CFH is home to the second largest Jewish collegiate population outside of the State of Israel.

Hillel’s mission is to be a catalyst for transformational growth as an individual and as a Jew. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students. At CFH students are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially and to find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human.

To learn more visit http://www.CentralFloridaHillel.org or call 407.382.2658.


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