Atty Garfinkel-Berry, CCC, MA, MBA
Hillel Director / Multi-Campus Coordinator

Dear Community Friends,

When I came to this organization (Hillel of Northern Nevada) a little more than 2 years ago, we had 34 regularly engage students and around 50 students total on our list. Over the past 2 years, I have worked hard to identify the student and intersectional Jewish community, to focus on engaging Jewish students in a way that meets their cultural and socio-religious needs and allows them to focus on their studies, and to be a representative force at the various institutions we serve.

We have taught leadership skills, ethics, introduction to Jewish culture and history, introduction to Hebrew, basic Jewish thought, bias training, adulting classes, study skills, inter-cultural communication, and even some basic budgeting and cooking classes.

We have taken students to the synagogues and cooked them food. We have built intercultural and interfaith connections, and we have focused on the dignity owed every human being. We now serve hundreds of students between Reno and Elko, but we are at–and exceeding–capacity based on our current funding model.

That’s why events like our graduation gala and our weekend golf fundraiser are so critically important to not only our ability to serve more students but to our nonprofit’s very survival.

This year we have the privilege of being able to host a beautiful Graduation Gala at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa on Saturday, May 18th, where we are thrilled to honor Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen for her service not only to the Jewish community but also to the state.

Individual tickets for this event are $180, a table purchase is $1,400, and named sponsorship of a graduate’s table is $1,800. As a registered 501(c)3, ticket sales are considered a donation and tax deductible.

Help us earn the funds we need to be able to serve the students and help us honor the graduating class of 2019 as they embark on their lives and integrate everything they learned during their college years, both inside and outside the classroom.

I personally hope to see you, my neighbors and friends, at the Gala interacting with graduating students, their parents, and the Nevada legislators in attendance. If you cannot make it to one of our events, please consider making a donation to our Hillel, and sharing the information about our upcoming events with those who may be interested.

Tickets may be purchased at:


Or, attend the entire weekend of programming:


Warmest regards,


For Immediate Release:
Hillel of Northern Nevada to Honor Assemblywoman Cohen at Inaugural Gala

Reno, Nevada: Hillel of Northern Nevada will host its first annual graduation gala and awards dinner. The organization is delighted to honor the graduating class of 2019 from the University of Nevada, Reno during the evening of Saturday, May 18, 2019.

With the initiation of the first awards banquet of its kind for the organization, Hillel is pleased to announce that the inaugural Landon Rosen Memorial Award will be presented to an individual who has made a notable impact on the Jewish Community of Nevada. The inaugural award recipient is Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen (District 29). Assemblywoman Cohen is an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The benefit dinner will be hosted at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in the grand ballrooms from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All tax-deductible ticket proceeds from this event will go to help fund Hillel of Northern Nevada, a registered 501(c}3. Single tickets for this event are $180, table sponsorship is $1,400, and named sponsorship of a graduate’s table is $1,800.

Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite at the following link:

The graduation gala is part of Hillel of Northern Nevada’s larger charity golf weekend. To purchase tickets for the full event, please visit: THE GOLF EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Hillel of Northern Nevada is a registered 501(c)3 and is affiliated with a student-led club at the University of Nevada, Reno. Re-established at the university in 2011 to serve the needs of the Jewish students throughout the various campuses in the Truckee M1eadows and Northern Nevada. With hundreds of students across Northern Nevada, Hillel promotes student success through student inspired programming, facilitated by staff.

You can reach Hillel of Northern Nevada by contacting Atty Garfinkel-Berry at: