Hillel president receives Brian Lurie Award for leadership

The Brian L. Lurie Fund for Israel-Diaspora Relations Award was presented to Avraham Infeld, outgoing president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, on Tuesday, March 28 in San Francisco.

The award recognizes outstanding, creative efforts that enhance the relationship between the Jewish community and Israel. It was last given in 2003 to Yossi Beilin.

Infeld was appointed president of Hillel in February 2004 after serving eight months as interim president. He previously served as Hillel’s consul for Jewish affairs, visiting more than 60 campuses on three continents.

Infeld is the founder of Melitz, a nonprofit educational service institution that fosters Jewish identity rooted in a pluralistic understanding of Jewish life and the centrality of Israel.

He was also involved in the birthright Israel planning process; was founding chairman of the JCF’s Amuta in Israel; and served as chairman of the board of Israel Experience Ltd., an independent company created by the Jewish Agency.

The Brian Lurie Fund is a designated fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, established by Lurie’s friends to honor his service as the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation’s executive director from 1974 to 1991.