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UF Hillel rabbi helped raise over $5000 for Gainesville's WUFT-FM


Rabbi Adam Grossman (l), Sue Wagner (seated) and Christine Ackerman Machen.

Rabbi Adam Grossman, CEO of UF Hillel joined Sue Wagner, director of Community Relations for the UF College of Journalism and Communications and Christine Ackerman Machen, former first lady of University of Florida for the WUFT-FM's 35th Anniversary Fall Membership Campaign. WUFT-FM, provides 24/7 news and talk to residents in North Central and Mid-Florida and is a main source of information for UF Students and the local community.

Rabbi Grossman said, "When I was asked to be involved in the drive I immediately said yes. As part of the UF and the local community, UF Hillel is dedicated to giving back to each of them." 

Rabbi Grossman, who was a "man-on-the-street" for WNCI 97.9's The Morning Zoo in Columbus, Ohio, in a past life, goes on to say, "It was nice to be back on the air. Hopefully, it led to an increase in donations." 

Rabbi Grossman, alongside Wagner and Machen were on live during the morning hours on Thursday, Sept. 15, and had a goal to raise $4,500. They not only succeeded in meeting that objective, but they ended up surpassing it by raising $5,037. Rabbi Grossman has always promoted community outreach and said that they would not have been able to reach this goal without the help of the Gainesville Jewish community. 

Pheobee Cochran, Donor Relations coordinator was happy to report that, "Adam's shift raised one of their best producing blocks for this drive!"

Ever since Grossman was hired as the rabbi and CEO at UF Hillel, he has worked toward establishing UF Hillel as a change-maker in the community and with the UF students. UF Hillel inspires change by offering innovative programs for students, such as Career Up (www.CareerUpNow.org), which provides professional coaching and helps students connect with top industry leaders, find internships as well as create opportunities for social good and Jewish meaning.  

Rabbi Grossman goes on to say, "In addition to community outreach, my mission is to make Judaism and Israel relevant for our students. We do that by helping the talent in Gainesville find their professional futures and greater purpose in life." 

For more information, visit UFHillel.org or contact Rabbi Adam Grossman, adam@ufhillel.org, 352-371-2900.


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