Toronto, ON – May 24, 2022 – Today, after an intensive global search, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rabbi Seth Goren has been appointed the next Chief Executive Officer of Hillel Ontario.

Rabbi Goren moved to Toronto in 2017 from Philadelphia to serve as Hillel Ontario’s Chief Education and Campus Officer. Prior to joining Hillel Ontario, he served as the Executive Director of Repair the World – Philadelphia, and before that as the Director of Jewish Student Life at Lehigh University. Rabbi Goren holds a Masters in Linguistics, and a Juris Doctor, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working on his PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He was also ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. Rabbi Goren is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and a recipient of the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award from Hillel International.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Chair Jeremy Pertman said the following:

“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Rabbi Seth Goren as Hillel Ontario’s next CEO. As the largest regional Hillel in the world, we are innovators in campus engagement, immersive experiences, and advocacy, and Rabbi Goren is uniquely positioned to drive further success in these key strategic areas. He has a deep understanding of the needs of Jewish students on campus today, which will be invaluable in helping us to further realize our vision of inspiring all of our students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. I am confident that there is nobody better positioned to lead us through the next phase of our growth than Rabbi Goren.”

On behalf of Hillel International, CEO Adam Lehman said the following:

“Rabbi Goren has been a valued colleague and leader within the Hillel movement for many years, and I am thrilled that he will be taking on this critical leadership position at such an important time in Hillel Ontario’s evolution. On behalf of Hillel International, and our colleagues around the world, I wish Rabbi Goren mazal tov and much hatzlachah as he assumes this new role.”

In response to today’s announcement, Rabbi Seth Goren said the following:

“Serving as the CEO of this tremendous organization will be the honour of a lifetime, and I am extremely humbled by the trust our leadership has placed in me to lead Hillel Ontario into the future. Together with the senior leadership team, our campus and support professionals, the student leaders who are the lifeblood of our organization, and our invaluable stakeholders, I am excited for all we will accomplish in the years ahead.”

Empowering 14,000 Jewish students on campuses across the province, Hillel Ontario is the largest regional Hillel in the world.

For additional information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer