Emily Block Joins Rollins as Associate Director of Jewish Student Life

Rollins becomes the first small liberal arts college in Florida to have a full-time Hillel professional.

In partnership with Central Florida Hillel (CFH), Rollins is excited to announce the creation of a new Hillel, making Rollins the only small liberal arts college in Florida to have a full-time Hillel professional.

To lead this new program, Emily M. Block, formerly the assistant director of Hillel at the University of Connecticut, has been hired as the inaugural associate director of Jewish student life. 

“I am so excited to be joining the Rollins College and Central Florida Hillel family,” says Block. “I’m looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and administration at Rollins to grow and enhance the Jewish student experience both on and off campus.”

Reporting to the dean of religious life and working as part of the team of CFH, Block will be responsible for working with Jewish student leaders at Rollins to empower them to create a vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive Jewish community at the College. In this role, Block will guide Jewish students to better understand their personal Jewish journey, while advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at Rollins in partnership with faculty and Student Affairs colleagues. 

“Emily emerged from our search as a dynamic and passionate leader capable of building relationships with Jewish students and Rollins and engaging them in meaningful conversations,” says Katrina Jenkins, dean of religious life. “We look forward to developing new opportunities for our Jewish students.”

Block’s role will also encompass a unique partnership, working with Central Florida Hillel to craft an educational vision and strategy for Rollins Hillel that will not only serve current students but also attract others around the nation.

“Rollins is the perfect partner for this kind of relationship, and we are proud to be a part of this historic evolution in Rollins’ 132-year history of training students to embrace the world,” says Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel.

Read more about Block and her appointment to this new position in Orlando Sentinel.