Columbia-Barnard Kraft Center

Seixas Dinner - Columbia University Kraft Center

The Gershom Mendes Seixas Award is bestowed by Columbia/Barnard Hillel on those who have made outstanding contributions to Jewish life at Columbia University and Barnard College. The Columbia-Barnard Kraft center honored Rabbi Michael Paley and Jim McMenamin at its annual Seixas Gala Dinner.

Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, was the honorary dinner chair. Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York and Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International spoke at the event. At the end of the evening, Robert Kraft announced that Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine and family contributed $2.5 million to an endowment fund to support the work of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In appreciation of their gift, the Executive Director position will now be known as the Lavine Family Executive Director. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, a Columbia alum and a friend of both the honorees and of Jonathan Lavine's, spoke via video at the dinner. 

Columbia Barnard Hillel - Seixas Dinner Headshots

The above photos will be used to highlight a select few Columbia-Barnard Hillel students at the 2017 Seixas Dinner. The Seixas Dinner, will be held on May 10, 2017 at the Columbia University Low Library. Each student will be presented on a presentation roll-up banner with a unique quote highlighting the Columbia-Barnard Kraft Center's role in each students' Jewish development.

Dedicating A New Torah

The dedication of a new Torah is traditionally celebrated with great festivity, and the specifics of the celebration vary from one community to the next. On Sunday, April 2, 2016 the Columbia-Barnard Kraft Center Hillel received their new Torah with great celebration.