HILLELS OF GEORGIA HIRES NEW DIRECTOR: HILLEL AT UGA
(Atlanta/Athens GA) Hillel at UGA is excited to announce that we have hired a new Director! Roey Shoshan has officially joined the team and has already jumped in working on plans for the year ahead. “I would like to build a culture of curiosity where students are enthusiastic about learning” Roey shared this week.
A Jewish Professional with an exciting and varied background, Roey brings a new energy to our Hillel at UGA.
Originally from Petach Tikva, Israel, Roey received his B.A from Bar Ilan University in political science. While in Israel, Roey worked in the Israeli sports broadcasting industry for eight years as a sports producer and a side line reporter before deciding to pack it up and move to Atlanta in 2011. For the next five years, he worked at Camp Barney Menditz and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) as Assistant Director of youth sports and would then as the Director of the young adult’s department at the MJCCA. Following his career at MJCCA, Roey joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and served as the Israel and Overseas Director for almost two years. In his role with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Roey has worked in creating a better connection between Atlanta and Israel via missions, programs, events and working with Israeli emissaries.
Not only does Roey bring new energy, but he has roots in the professional and Jewish community in Atlanta. “Nearly 80% of UGA Graduates go on to take jobs in Atlanta,” says Rabbi Russ Shulkes, Executive Director at Hillels of Georgia. “while Roey will certainly enrich students’ Jewish experience during their college career, he is also uniquely positioned to help prepare students for the next phase of life, especially for students who are struggling with ‘what happens after I graduate?’ “
Roey’s vision for Hillel at UGA is one that integrates Jewish culture with UGA culture. “I want to create an environment for students in which they will feel free to ask questions, develop a love for Israel, all while connecting with their fellow Jewish students and building community on campus.” It comes as no surprise that Roey also boasts being an avid sports fan, “I’m excited to be part of the UGA culture of football enthusiasts and to be rooting for the GA Bulldogs—GO DAWGS!”
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