President McRobbie receives IU Hillel's Chaver Award
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie received the Chaver Award from the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at IU.
The award (pronounced khah-VEHR), which symbolizes friendship, was presented to McRobbie by IU Hillel during a special ceremony before Friday’s Shabbat dinner at the center. IU Hillel offers facilities, services and support to the university’s Jewish students.
“IU Hillel truly does serve as a welcoming ‘home away from home’ for IU’s Jewish students, but it also stands as a beacon of understanding in the community,” McRobbie said. “I am truly honored to accept this award, and in doing so, I accept it on behalf of Indiana University and senior colleagues past and present who have consistently stood, when it mattered, for the values and principles IU shares with Hillel.”
In accepting the award, McRobbie credited Hillel and its leadership, including Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg, for the longstanding positive impact the nationally renowned center has had on IU’s Jewish student population, which has grown from 175 students when the chapter opened in 1938 to more than 4,000 today.
McRobbie, who received the Anti-Defamation League’s “Man of Achievement Award” earlier this year, also praised the center for working with other community organizations and campus programs to create a tolerant and diverse community committed to respectful dialogue and academic freedom.
IU is home to the Borns Jewish Studies Program, one of the largest, oldest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the nation. The program is part of IU’s new School of Global and International Studies, which also houses the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, one of only two such university programs in the U.S.
IU continues to have strong ties to the Israeli community, including student exchange programs with several institutions, including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and numerous faculty research connections.
In 2008, in one of his first international trips as IU president, McRobbie traveled to Israel and the West Bank as part of a delegation of U.S. university presidents seeking to build closer academic and research ties between the two nations.