Hillel official Julian Sandler dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Julian Sandler, chairman of the Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Board of Directors, has died.

Sandler, who served Hillel for 15 years, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 64.

He served as treasurer and vice chair of the Hillel board of directors and as chair of its Strategic Planning Committee.

Sandler recently established The Julian Sandler Endowment for Executive Leadership Development to support Hillel’s training, executive leadership development, mentoring, coaching and evaluation program for new Hillel directors.

He was the founder, president and CEO of Long Island-based national SmartSource Computer and Audio Visual Rentals.

Sandler was a past president and an active member of the Dix Hills Jewish Center on Long Island. He also was a board member of the Fay J. Linder assisted living complex at the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center and a member of the rabbinical school board of overseers at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

“Julian had a gift for blending his keen analytical abilities with his genuine warmth and humor," said Hillel President Wayne Firestone. "He believed in the critical importance of transmitting yiddishkeit from generation to generation and modeled what it means to be a proud, knowledgeable, committed Jew with menschlichkeit.”

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