Jewish Federation of Arkansas Honors Hendrix Seniors

CONWAY, Ark. (January 23, 2014) – Hendrix seniors Avery Drongowski and Zach Saul will receive the Jewish Federation of Arkansas's Jane B. Mendel Tikkun Olam Award on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the William J. Clinton Library in Little Rock, Ark.

The Tikkun Olam Award honors outstanding volunteers at Jewish organizations and congregations throughout Arkansas. Tikkun Olam is a crucial concept in Judaism. It translates as healing or repairing the world and requires that, as a people, Jews have a duty to the world around them, to heal its ills and repair its wrongs, so that the world is a better place for everyone.

Drongowski, a senior psychology major from Royal Oak, Mich., and Saul, a senior psychology major from Bellevue, Wash., are leaders in Hendrix Hillel, the Jewish student organization on campus. Hendrix Hillel is supported in part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

“The current Hillel officers voted to give Zach and Avery the award because of the work and enthusiasm they put into making Hillel the vibrant organization it is today,” said Hendrix English professor Dr. Dorian Stuber, who serves as faculty advisor to the Hendrix Hillel group. “Most of the current officers were introduced to Hillel through Zach and, especially, Avery. Some of them decided to come to Hendrix after meeting with one or the other. Zach was especially involved in bringing the band Paper Bird to Hendrix last year.”

“They both value having an active Jewish student presence on campus, and under their leadership Hendrix Hillel continued its tradition of openness and inclusiveness to other faith traditions,” Stuber added.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu