"When we bless our children we pray that they should be like us in some ways, but better than us in so many others."

-Rabbi Aaron Panken z"l

We are just as excited to welcome you to the University of Florida as we are to welcome your students. By becoming a member of the Parents' Society, you are ensuring that your student, and thousands more, has an active Jewish Community to be a part of during their college experience. The Parents' Society helps you remain connected through different opportunities.




Donations to UF Hillel that total $360+ in one fiscal year are recognized with membership in the Parents' Society at one of three levels:   


$360 Annual Gift

Members at the Ambassador level have the option to receive:

  • Parent e-newsletter

  • Up to three (3) complimentary UF Hillel T-shirts 

  • One Holiday Gift Bag (i.e. Sweet New Year Rosh Hashanah Bag; Purim Treat Box, etc.)

  • Recognition on website and other materials as a "founding member" of the Parents' Society (for those that join by June 30, 2021)

  • Invitations to exclusive events and opportunities 


$540 Annual Gift

Leadership Circle:

$1,000+ Annual Gift

Members at the Patron level have the option to receive:

  • All Ambassador level benefits, PLUS

  • Thank you call from UF Hillel Executive Director

  • Personalized Cookie Cake* delivery to your child on her/his birthday(s) *Allergy friendly alternative available

  • One additional Holiday Gift Bag (2 total)

  • Invitation for an honor at Jewish holiday experiences (i.e. Aliyah at High Holidays, candle lighting or recitation of kiddish at Shabbat)

Members at the Leadership Circle level have the option to receive:

  • All Ambassador and Patron level benefits, PLUS

  • Mezuzah hanging on your child's dorm or apartment doorpost by Hillel Rabbi

  • One additional Holiday Gift Bag (3 total)

  • Invitation to annual Campus Update conference call hosted by UF Hillel leadership and featuring guest speakers from the university

  • Opportunity to reserve ONE football game day parking space* at UF Hillel*Based on availability; advance registration required

Inaugural Year

Parents' Society Founding Members


Leadership Circle

Eileen and Lou Astra

Gabrielle and Jeffrey Bubis

Mark Rousso and Deborah Kuluva

Bruce and Eve Sauer

Nanci and Marc Schwartz

Jennifer and Larry Skor

Judy and Jayson Slotnik

Jessica and Joshua Strikowski



Beth Berns and Larry Bressler
Risa and Stuart Herman
Eliane and Gabriel Herschberg
Jason and Rebecca Klein
Colleen and Samuel Mendelsohn
Heather and Avi Mesch
Mara and Michael Shapiro
Lizette and Josh Weingard



Karen and Ilan Berkner
Ian Berkowitz
Lisa and Lewis Birnbaum
Elissa and Scott Bouchner
Barbara and Marc Feller
Jessica and Bruce Gerstenfeld
Abbie and Scott Gold
Holly and Dana Heck
Elisa and Steven Hirschfield
Mindy and Allan Joseph
Terry and Marc Kopelman
Debra and Gregg Lerman
Gail and Daniel Levi
Susan and Steven LeVine
Tanya and Bill Miller
Karen and Ira Nassi
Michelle and Barry Ross
Nili Staple
Sandra Suchin and Eduardo Kofman
Sheri and Timothy Tapia
Julie Wright Halbert
Nicole and Jonathan Young
Laurie and Samuel Zeidman

UF Hillel

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