The Oregon Hillel Foundation has served as the center for Jewish life at the University of Oregon since 1993, at Oregon State University since 2014. Over the years Oregon Hillel has evolved from an organization that serves students to an organization that empowers students to create their own identities as Jews and leaders. We envision a world where every Jewish student makes a life-long and enduring commitment to Judaism and Israel in a way that is personally meaningful to them.
Our mission is to be the catalyst for connecting students, building community and inspiring leadership through Jewish values. In implementing our mission, we remain true to our core values: We are student-centric; we are pluralistic; we are caring and welcoming; and we maintain a deep commitment to social justice.
Former board chair
former uo parent
Sharon is an attorney representing businesses and governments at trial and on appeal, regarding business disputes, constitutional and public policy matters, class action claims, product liability claims, and labor and employment matters. Public service is important to Sharon—in addition to her years of work with Oregon Hillel, she is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Talia's Voice, a local nonprofit changing the culture in medicine to give children a voice.
Sharon has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of Temple Beth Israel and has served on the governing boards of the United Way of Lane County and the Western Rivers Girl Scout Council. Sharon also regularly donates legal services to a variety of non-profit organizations in Oregon. Sharon is married to Arden Olson and has three children, Kelsey (30), and Will (28) and Aaron (26).
Attorney at harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC
uo class of 2015, 2019
Ben graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Juris Doctor in 2019 (known in the Oregon Law community as "Double Ducks”). In undergrad, he was involved with Oregon Hillel, served on the Executive Board of the University of Oregon Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter for two years, and worked as the City Director supervising the Eugene chapters of BBYO (a Jewish youth organization). He also spent several summers working at BB Camp, a Jewish summer camp, on the Oregon Coast.
Ben currently lives in Portland and works as an in-house counsel at a healthcare startup. He has served on the Oregon Hillel board since June 2020 and currently serves as the Secretary.