Oklahoma B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
494 Elm Ave
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
OU Hillel
Oklahoma Hillel
Hillel Jewish Student Center
Hillel at The University of Oklahoma
Hillel Foundation at OU
Mission Statement
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Contact Information
Contact Name Suzy Sostrin-Rainer
Contact email ouhillel@ouhillel.org
Address 494 Elm Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 321-3703
County Cleveland County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://ouhillel.org
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/hillelou/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
  • Mail in a check
  • Drop by a donation
  • Sponsor an event 
  • Volunteer your skills
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $202,579.00
Projected Expenses $202,579.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1943
IRS Ruling Year 2003
State Registration Expiration Apr 2014
Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.
Background The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel provides opportunities for students to celebrate Jewishly through its global network of over 500 regional centers, campus Foundations, and student organizations.  It is estimated that 80 percent of college-age Jews – approximately 400,000 individuals – attend some form of institution of higher education. Hillel provides Jewish content at a time when young people are searching for meaning in their lives and are in danger of assimilating into the community around them.  In Hillel Centers around the country and around the world, students are empowered to take responsibility for shaping their own Jewish identity.  Hillel is committed to a pluralistic vision of Judaism that embraces all movements and meets students “where they are” regardless of their Jewish background or level of previous Jewish learning and living.  Hillel is truly working to create a renaissance of Jewish life throughout our country and throughout the globe.
Impact Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results. 
Needs Our major need is in the area of financial resources. As a student community, our members do not pay any fees.We depend on the generosity of parents, alumni, faculty, friends, and foundations to offer meaningful Jewish programs, activities, and opportunities to our students.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
OK,  The University of Oklahoma, the Norman area, and Central Oklahoma.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Education/Student Services
Oklahoma Hillel provides a wonderful place to celebrate the Jewish Holidays! Whether it is meals, services, or social activities, we offer it all. Highlights include, but are not limited to:

Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur: 
We offer Reform and Traditional style services for both as well as meals and a break-fast.

We provide a variety of enjoyable activities utilizing our sukkah. These range from Pizza in the Hut to Shabbat in the Sukkah.

We  have candle lighting in the building every night of Hanukah, all you can eat Latkes at Latkes for love, as well as providing dreidels and menorahs to celebrate at home.

Tu B Shevat: 
Events we have done in the past include having a Fondue B Shevat Lunch and planting a tree in front of our building.

You have a chance to make your own hamantashen and also hear the Megillah read in a non-traditional manner.

We host Sedar the first night and provide Kosher for Passover lunches every day during the holiday.
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Students enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with friends.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. This is by far our best attended event. Students are very involved in creating and participating in our Shabbat program. This helps them own and understand their relationship with Jews and Judaism.
Description Celebrating Shabbat at OU Hillel offers a unique opportunity to bring together many members of the community, fostering a warm and welcoming environment.  Join us almost every week to celebrate Shabbat either at OU Hillel or hosted by a student during Shabbat Around Campus. When in the building we offer services at 6:30pm followed by a FREE Shabbat dinner at 7:00pm.
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Wings and Wisdom: An opportunity to discuss Jewish hot topics facing this generation such as interfaith dating, Jews and tattoos, Eco kosher, and gender and Judaism 

Dinner and Discussion: Student led discussions about Israel.
The Student Board creates and implements social, religious, and community outreach programs and organizes community service and social action events throughout the school year.

LAPID, The Passion Project: Each week the students learn leadership skills and will engage in Jewish learning. LAPID is an international program which aims to significantly develop student leadership and social justice on their campuses through professional development of Hillel staff. LAPID participants will help students create their own tzedek (social justice) initiatives on or off campus and in their local communities. They will explore their own identity, values, and leadership potential in a Jewish context.
Peer Network Engagement Internship:  This is designed to enhance Jewish life on campus. The internship establishes a cohort of 4 interns charged with building relationships with their uninvolved peers and connecting them with Jewish resources and opportunities on campus.
Population Served Adults
Taglit Birthright Israel Experience: Each year we take students who have never been on a peer led trip to Israel for an amazing 10 day experience.
Alternative Spring Break: Alternative Breaks take groups of students out of their everyday surroundings and places them in new environments to engage in community service and experiential learning. As part of short-term service projects, participants are challenged to see and understand difficult social issues such as poverty, literacy, and natural disasters and to explore questions of Judaism and social responsibility.
Population Served Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Suzy Sostrin-Rainer
Start Date July 2012
Email suzy@ouhillel.org
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2013
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Ruth Charnay
Company Affiliation Oklahoma Community College
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email rcharnay@occc.edu
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Ms. Sherry Barton Voting
Ms. Robin Berko Voting
Dr. Ari Berkowitz University of OklahomaVoting
Mrs. Ruth Charnay Voting
Mrs. Janis Finer Voting
Mr. Moshe Gutman Voting
Mr. Jeff Kline Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael Korenblit Voting
Mr. Ryan Kriegzman Voting
Dr Alan Levenson Exofficio
Dr Gershon Lewental Voting
Mr. Alan Livingston Sooner Offshore, Huston, TXVoting
Mr. Matt Lorch Exofficio
Dr. Jim Martin University of OklahomaVoting
Ms. Debbie Nevard Voting
Dr. Dan Schwartz University of OklahomaVoting
Mr. David Schwartz Voting
Dr Rhona Seidelman Voting
Ms. Suzy Sostrin-Rainer OU HillelExofficio
Ms. Jennifer Weiss Restaurateur, Oklahoma City, OKVoting
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $202,579
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $202,579
Financial Documents
Form 9902016
Form 9902015
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$28$62$8,674
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$2,064$720
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$52,928$32,606$30,333
Administration Expense$143,409$233,580$164,230
Fundraising Expense----$3,468
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.850.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses27%12%15%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue--0%482%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$429,911$424,270$459,547
Current Assets$46,658$45,628$94,192
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$2,832$4,571--
Total Net Assets$427,079$419,699$459,547
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.489.98--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $188,330Contributions $215,830Contributions $184,548
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $14,727Other $7,992Investment Income $8,674
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $632Special Events $2,064Earned Revenue $1,647
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Construction of new building
Campaign Goal $7,000,000
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990s.
Note:  2014, Other Revenue refers to Furniture & Equipment sold resulted in a loss of $32,189 per Schedule O Supplemental Information, page 2.

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Address 494 Elm Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 321-3703
Contact Email ouhillel@ouhillel.org
Give with Credit Card http://ouhillel.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/hillelou/
CEO/Executive Director Suzy Sostrin-Rainer
Board Chair Ruth Charnay
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma Community College