Susan Kurtz Retires After 21 Years of Service to Hillel at Virginia Tech

It's the end of an era at the Hillel at Virginia Tech as Susan "Sue" Kurtz, who has been at the helm for 21 years, recently retired. For over two decades, Sue has passionately led the organization, guiding countless students in their spiritual and personal journeys making an indelible impact on the Jewish community.

Hillel at Virginia Tech, a recipient of funding from the Tidewater Jewish Foundation's (TJF) support, has flourished under Sue's leadership. She has bridged the gap between tradition and students' contemporary challenges, ensuring a vibrant Jewish experience for all who entered Hillel's doors.

Naomi Sedek, President and CEO of TJF, was among the many attendees at the special retirement event held in honor of Susan. Reflecting on Susan's invaluable contribution, Naomi remarked, "Susan's leadership has been steadfast for the Jewish students at Virginia Tech. She has not just been a director; she has been a mentor and a confidant. Through her dedication, she has nurtured a strong sense of community, ensuring that Jewish values and traditions continue to thrive in the hearts and minds of our young adults."

To commemorate the mark that Sue, together with her husband Jeff Kurtz, have left on the Jewish community, the leadership at Hillel at Virginia Tech has established an Endowment Fund, housed at TJF. This fund is named in honor of Susan and Jeff Kurtz and stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment and service to our community.

For those moved by the Kurtz's legacy and looking to contribute to the continued growth of our community, supporting the endowment is a wonderful way to make a lasting impact. If you are interested in supporting the Sue and Jeff Kurtz Endowment Fund, please reach out to Naomi Sedek at