Connecticut College names director of Zachs Hillel House

New London — Connecticut College announced Friday that it has named Rabbi Susan Schein as the director of the college’s Zachs Hillel House, which opened in January.

Schein, who was previously the coordinator for spiritual development at Philadelphia University, has also served as Bucknell University’s Hillel director and as the St. Louis Hillel Foundation’s program director, the college stated in a news release.

“With her keen ability to listen as she provides guidance to students, her professional experience in small college communities, and her deep understanding of Jewish culture and religious traditions, Rabbi Schein will be a successful leader for our new Hillel House,” said Carolyn Denard, dean of the college and senior diversity officer, in the release.

As director of the Zachs Hillel House, Schein will primarily work with students. However, she will also serve as a resource for faculty and staff, a colleague to Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg, the college’s Jewish chaplain, and a liaison to the New London Jewish community, according to the release.

Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Schein has served as associate rabbi for Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley, Pa. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Farmington entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Zachs donated $1 million to construct the center, which was dedicated this spring.

The directorship is endowed through two gifts totaling $600,000, including a $350,000 grant from the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation and a $250,000 gift from Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell.

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