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Michael Simon

Michael Simon serves on the Chicago Advisory Council for Avodah.

A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, since 2010 Michael Simon has been Executive Director of Northwestern Hillel, where he works with students, staff colleagues, and community partners to inspire Jewish students at Northwestern to enrich the campus, the Jewish community, and the world. Prior to his work in the Jewish community, Michael was a Teach for America Corps Member in Los Angeles and a policy analyst at The Providence Plan in Rhode Island. Michael has participated in the Dorot Fellowship in Israel, the Pardes Institute Fellows program, and the Hartman Institute Fellowship for Campus Professionals. He has served on advisory boards with AJC Chicago, JCUA, and Yahel Israel Service Learning. In 2013, Michael received The Rock Award from Northwestern University in recognition of his work toward strengthening the entire campus community; the following year, he was named a Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International. Michael and his wife, Professor Claire Sufrin, live in Evanston with their two sons, Jacob and Ethan.