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Q&A: Get to know Seth Winberg, director of Brandeis Hillel

Seth WInberg

Seth Winberg hasn’t wasted any time since he started as the director of Brandeis Hillel at the beginning of the school year. He’s met with hundreds of students and immersed himself in the university community.

Winberg comes to Brandeis from Metro Chicago Hillel, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing Jewish organizations, where he served as executive director since 2014. He also has experience in a college setting, having previously served as assistant director and rabbi of the University of Michigan Hillel. In addition to leading Brandeis Hillel, Winberg serves as the university’s senior Jewish chaplain.

Winberg took some time to answer questions with BrandeisNow:

What are your initial impressions of the Brandeis community and Brandeis Hillel?

I came to Brandeis at the end of August. Right away I was struck by the Shabbat experience. At least 200 people share a communal meal every Friday night. Regardless of background or level of observance, Shabbat at Brandeis is a full day of meals, singing and learning. All are welcome. This is the only school in the country with a regular Reconstructionist service and it has the largest concentration of modern Orthodox students outside of Yeshiva University. There is so much potential here for a tolerant and diverse Jewish community rooted in pluralism and solidarity.

Read more of our Q&A with Seth Winberg.

Categories: Campus News
Date: November 28, 2017