Alumni/ae Programs at MIT
Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT faculty luncheons were initiated in the 2010-2011 academic year for MIT faculty, staff, and local alumni. The highly successful program has included talks by:
- John M. Deutch '61, PhD '66, Institute Professor: "Correcting the Shortcomings of US Energy Policy, 1973-2010"
- Sara Seager, Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics: "Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds"
- Robert C. Merton, Distinguished Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan School and Nobel Laureate – Economics 1997: "SeLFIES: A Globally Applicable Bond Innovation to Improve Retirement Funding, Support Infrastructure Development and Lower Government Financing Cost and Risk"
- Laura Schulz, Professor of Cognitive Science and Principal Investigator of Early Childhood Cognition Lab: "What really matters: Children's inferences about learning, trying, and caring"
- Robert Weinberg '64, PhD '69: “What Our DNA Tells Us About Our Origins: Origins of Humanity and Origins of Ashkenazi Jews”
Please contact Hillel for more information on upcoming Leading Jewish Minds @ MIT luncheons.
During COVID-19, LJM became virtual so people from all over the world could tune in and watch Leading Jewish Minds @ Home over Zoom. Recordings from past Zoom events can be found here.
Hillel also hosts an annual Reception for Jewish Alumni/ae every June in conjunction with Commencement. It is generally held on Friday afternoon, immediately after Graduation Exercises. Many alumni/ae also attend Shabbat dinner that evening. If you will be attending the Tech Week reunion activities, please contact Hillel at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni/ae Connections in the United States
The MIT Hillel Board of Directors has instituted an outreach effort to Jewish alumni/ae living in other parts of North America.
Any alumni/ae interested in hosting a reception in their city should contact Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Michelle Fisher.
Alumni Connections in Israel
More than three hundred MIT alumni/ae live in Israel. The MIT Club of Israel serves as an MIT liaison to this population. Yishai Boasson '04 '07 (email@example.com) is the club's president. An annual Sukkot BBQ for MIT alumni/ae is held each year under the coordination of Heidi Brun '85 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Goldfarb '84 (email@example.com).
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel, Inc. is one of 24 chapters worldwide of the MIT Enterprise Forum®, Inc. which promotes the formation and growth of innovative and technologically-oriented companies through a series of specialized executive education programs. For information contact Yaniv Corem SM '10 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MIT Hillel depends on the generosity of Jewish alumni/ae for the majority of its annual funding. Alumni/ae have the opportunity to donate directly to MIT Hillel or through a donation, designated to MIT Hillel, to the MIT Alumni/ae Fund. Donate now to MIT Hillel, online -- all donations will receive Alumni and Class giving credit.
Opportunities also exist for alumni/ae to sponsor specific Hillel programs. And, it is possible for aluumni/ae to remember Hillel in their wills. For information contact Hillel's Executive Director, Rabbi Michelle Fisher.