Rabbi Klein’s Impact on Northwestern University

Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein’s impact on the Northwestern University community is deep rooted and wide reaching.  Below is a snapshot of Rabbi Klein’s university involvement in recent years.

Rabbi Klein delivering the Benediction Blessing at Northwestern University’s Commencement Ceremonies

Residential Colleges
Rabbi Klein is reappointed annually by the University Provost as a Faculty Fellow for the Communications Residential College (CRC), and has previously served as Associate Master.  He is invited annually by Assistant Dean of Medill Roger Boye to welcome and speak to parents during the move-in day Master’s reception at CRC.

Residential Life
Rabbi Klein is invited annually by the Office of Residential Life to lead an instructional session relating to Jewish issues during Community Assistant (CA) training.  He is also invited by numerous CAs throughout the year to lead “fireside” discussions for their residents on a variety of topics.

Campus Religious Life
With the approval of University Chaplain Tim Stevens, Rabbi Klein was appointed as the Coordinator of the Campus Religious Chaplains in June 2011.  He is credited with creating and sustaining daily prayer services for Jewish students, faculty, and staff that never before existed at Northwestern.  Rabbi Klein co-created MegaShabbat in 2012, a program hosted in Allison Dining Hall and co-sponsored by Hillel, the Office of the President, the Office of the University Chaplain, and the Department of Jewish Studies.  Additionally, Rabbi Klein has been invited by University President Morty Schapiro to participate in Interfaith Lunches for Evanston religious leaders sponsored by the Office of the University President.

New Student Orientation
Rabbi Klein was a member of the original committee that created the DiversiFYInu freshman orientation training.  He was invited by Dean of Students Burgwell Howard, and in subsequent years by the Office of New Student and Family Programs, to be one of the greeters as new students participate in the annual March Through the Arch tradition.  He is invited annually by the Office of New Student and Family Programs to participate in a variety of programs and events during new student Welcome Week, and is also invited annually by University Chaplain Tim Stevens and the Office of New Student and Family Programs to participate in the New Student Campus Resource Fair.

Undergraduate & Graduate Admissions
Rabbi Klein is invited annually to participate in Preview NU admitted student fairs to showcase Jewish life on campus, and is also invited annually by the graduate schools to host information tables at various events.

NU Student Organizations
Rabbi Klein serves as an advisor to the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and the KulaNU Jewish student group on campus.  He is also a mentor to Wildcats for Israel.

Jewish Studies Department
Rabbi Klein is invited by the Director of the Jewish Studies Department to serve as a guest lecturer for Jewish Studies and History classes on an ongoing basis.

Kellogg School of Management
Rabbi Klein served on the committee that created KJL: Kellog Management Education for Jewish Leaders in 2008.  He coordinates and runs the annual Kellogg Shabbat with Kellog Dean Donald Jacobs.  Rabbi Klein also encouraged Kellog to form its very successful join executive MBA program with the Recanati Graduate School of Management at Tel Aviv University.

Student & Campus Police Crisis Counseling
Rabbi Klein is called by the university to aid in situations involving student deaths.  Rabbi Klein has also worked with University Police Chief Lewis to provide counseling to police officers following crisis and trauma situations.

Campus Kosher Program
Rabbi Klein created and developed the University’s kosher meal program, and its expansion from Kosher Kiosks to once weekly hot meals to a full twice daily program utilized by Jewish, Muslim, and health-conscious students, faculty, and staff.  Rabbi Klein was appointed as the Supervising Manager for the Kosher meal program by both the university and Sodexho.

Study Abroad in Israel
While not the cause of the change in policy, Rabbi Klein has advocated for a change in policy that would allow NU students to study abroad in Israel ever since 2005.  This began with high-level meetings between Rabbi Klein and President Bienen in 2005, and continued with subsequent meetings with President Schapiro following his inauguration.  President Schapiro visited Rabbi Klein’s Birthright Group in Israel in December 2010. During this visit, President Schapiro announced his commitment to changing the policy.

University Athletics
Rabbi Klein was invited as University President Bienen’s guest when Northwestern competed at the Alamo Bowl, and was invited by University Alumni Association to offer the Invocation when Northwestern competed at the Rose Bowl and the Citrus Bowl.

25th Anniversary Celebration
In 2011, Tannenbaum Chabad celebrated is 25th anniversary.  A student reception honoring Rabbi Klein was co-sponsored by the Office of the University President, the Division for Student affairs, the Office of the University Chaplain, the Office of Residential Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, NUCuisine, and the Jewish Studies Department.

Campus Support of Rabbi Klein
Many individuals from the university community have spoken in support of Rabbi Klein at Tannenbaum Chabad House community events, including Kellogg School of Management Dean Donald Jacobs, Medill School of Journalism Assistant Dean Roger Boye, Dean of Students Burgwell Howard, and Director of the Department of Jewish Studies Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern.