U-M Hillel To Honor Incoming Director Tilly Shames, Outgoing Director Michael Brooks
There will be a Chanukah celebration on Dec. 21 to welcome Tilly Shames into her new role as Executive Director of the University of Michigan Hillel and thank Michael Brooks for his 32 years as Executive Director as he transitions into his new position as Director of Institutional Advancement at U-M Hillel.
Tilly, the current Associate Director of U-M Hillel, is originally from Toronto, Canada. Before coming to Ann Arbor in 2008, she worked at the Hillel of Greater Toronto first as the Director of Israel Affairs and then as the Associate Director. She also spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya working for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), where she coordinated the implementation of environmental curriculum, and assisted in the collection and review of contributions from around the world to GEO-2000, UNEP’s leading publication. Another one of her valuable experiences was the International Groups Coordinator at the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute where she coordinated and led educational programs for visiting international youth groups. She received her bachelor’s degree from York University in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Her M.A. is from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University with a specialization in water scarcity and conflict in Israel and the Middle East.
Sallie Kochin Abelson, U-M Hillel Development Director, says, “It’s been a joy to work with Tilly. She has brought so many innovative ideas and programs to our Hillel that I am excited for where Tilly will take U-M Hillel in the upcoming years.”