The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America is pleased to announce two new professionals joining the staff on October 20: Barbara Birch as Vice President of Development, and Dalit Ballen Horn as Director of Program Administration. Launched in 2010, SHI North America has become a leader in the development of sophisticated dialogue and study on major Jewish questions and is recognized as a premiere applied think-tank and educational resource center for North American Jewish community leaders. With the addition of these professionals, the broad expansion of SHI programs and initiatives will continue to flourish both across North America and in Israel.
Barbara joins SHI North America from Yeshiva University, where she has held several leadership roles in development since 2001, including her most recent position as Assistant Vice President, Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving. In this role, she built new structures for lay-professional partnerships in fundraising and engaged an unprecedented number of undergraduates in giving back to their university.
“My role has been to build engagement and support by establishing a culture of giving and partnership within communities. I’ve joined organizations at a point of growth to help take them to the next level,” Barbara said. “The Hartman Institute’s recent growth presents a great opportunity to build its core of support. SHI North America is poised to begin a new phase, and I look forward to bringing my experience in growing communities and organizations to build a strong foundation for the future. I am eager to work with the lay and professional leadership of the Hartman Institute to help realize its long-term goals.”
Dalit, a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she studied management, leadership and organizational design. Dalit’s career has centered on fostering intergroup relations and advancing civil liberties issues. From 2008 to 2012, Dalit served as Assistant Director at American Jewish Committee’s Center for American Pluralism. In this capacity, she partnered with the Ford Foundation to design and implement a $2.5 million grant to combat anti-immigrant rhetoric and strengthen Latino-Jewish relations. From 2005-08, she developed a department for interfaith and intercultural programming at Columbia/Barnard Hillel.
“I am thrilled to welcome Barbara and Dalit to our growing and talented team,” said Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. “Barbara brings a depth of experience in institutional advancement, tremendous leadership experience and a strong skill set in building strong systems for alumni and donor engagement. Dalit’s experience in developing national programs and creating start-up programs and initiatives in established organizations are a great asset to our expanding presence across North America. Both hires will enable our organizational growth to match our programmatic growth, and enable the continued flourishing of the Institute.”
The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America addresses the major challenges facing the Jewish people and elevates the quality of Jewish life in Israel and around the world. A leader in sophisticated, ideas-based Jewish education for community leaders and change agents, SHI is committed to the significance of Jewish ideas, the power of applied scholarship, and the conviction that great teaching contributes to the growth and continual revitalization of the Jewish people. Through cutting-edge research, ideas-based study, leadership development, and both interdenominational and interfaith dialogue, the Institute is shaping a future for North American Jewry of intellectual renaissance and renewed inspiration.