Shanah Tovah from Iowa Hillel 🍎

Happy New School Year and Happy New Year 

Shanah Tovah Hillel Hawkeyes!

Welcome to our new Executive Director, Ashley Carol-Fingerhut

Dear friends, family, and community members,

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Ashley Carol-Fingerhut as the new Executive Director at the Louis Schulman Iowa Hillel. Ashley joins our Hillel community at a pivotal time to help us achieve even greater success for our undergraduates and community as a whole. Prior to her starting in June, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. There, Ashley provided overall support to ensure the achievement of Illinois' fundraising goals each fiscal year. Additionally, she served as the Young and Emerging Professionals [YEP] employee resource group ambassador and helped foster a culture of professional development through "YEP Talks" with senior leaders and trustees. Taking her passion for the environment local, Ashley served as the youngest board member of Go Green Wilmette, a community environmental organization. She also served as the alumni ambassador for the Chicago Chapter of Washington College. Back in college, Ashley worked collaboratively with the President's Office to create a Hillel house on campus so that students would have a place to gather, celebrate Jewish holidays, and prepare kosher meals. She remains involved with the Jewish sleep-away camp, Beber Camp in Mukwonago, Wisc., which she attended as a child growing up in Skokie, Illinois. We look forward to the years to come with Ashley leading the way. 


At this time of transition, we ask for your support. Please help us welcome Ashley to our community by visiting our website. To welcome Ashley to the team, please send emails to or visit the Hillel house. We look forward to an amazing school and thank you for your partnership in making that happen. 



Deb Carneol 

President of the Board of Directors

Shalom Hillel Hawkeye Families, Students, Alumni, and Friends, 


I am so grateful and thrilled to be joining your community. Since starting as the Executive Director in June, I've been able to see for myself how Iowa Hillel has become a home for so many students and created friendships that have lasted far beyond college. Hillel has had a presence at the University of Iowa since 1926. Of course, it has grown tremendously since then, and I believe that we have a lot of potential to bring our Hillel to the next level. As a Big 10 University in a beautiful town, I want Iowa Hillel to be the tipping point for Jewish students when they're deciding where they want to spend their next four years. For those students who may not have considered Hillel as a factor for selecting the University of Iowa, I want to determine how best to engage them. College is a time for exploration, and we know that for many people it's the last time to get them excited about being involved in a Jewish community. The University of Iowa has an estimated 600 Jewish undergraduate students. It is pivotal to our mission to provide an opportunity and a welcoming space for each and every one of these students to explore their connection to Judaism in whatever way works for them. 


Since students have arrived on campus, this past month at Iowa Hillel has been nothing short of amazing. It started with our Welcome Week Bagel Brunch when we opened up Hillel to the University community to share a bagel and schmear. It continued with our student-led Shabbat services, for which we had to set up additional chairs in the sanctuary to accommodate the large number of students attending, and Shabbat dinners, at which everyone shared a homemade meal (with vegan and gluten-free options) prepared in our own kosher kitchen. As the High Holidays approach, I want to thank you all for your past support. I also want to ask for your partnership as we enter a new year and a new chapter for Iowa Hillel. There is so much we can accomplish as one Hawkeye Hillel community and so much we can do to make being a Jewish student at the University of Iowa an incredible spiritual experience. But we need your support to help us get there. Please check out our new Support Us page to see the myriad opportunities you have to enable the students of Iowa to make or keep a meaningful connection to the Jewish community that will last a lifetime. I look forward to getting to know you all, and please don't hesitate to reach out. 


All the best, 


Ashley Carol-Fingerhut

Executive Director

Support Jewish Students at Iowa
High Holidays at Iowa Hillel
Sunday, October 6th, 2 PM: Reverse Tashlich River Cleanup 
Tuesday, October 8th, 5 PM: Pre-fast Yom Kippur Dinner
Wednesday, October 9th, 7:16 PM: Break-fast Breakfast at Hillel
Sunday, October 13th, 6 PM: First night of Sukkot, services followed by dinner
(There is dinner every night of Sukkot with Iowa Hillel.)