If Not Now, When? UM Hillel transforms a blank wall into a call to action to build engagement and bring effective change. Feb 2018



Debi Braman Wechsler, UM Hillel’s incoming chair and a Miami art enthusiast, wants to continue to feature artist’s works throughout the building.

A longtime friend of Stuart Sheldon, a Miami-based Jewish artist, writer and former UM student, she invited him to unleash his creativity on the space.

“We had built a beautiful building, but there were a lot of big white walls, and I wanted to bring it to life with colors and vibrancy for the students,” she explained. “Stuart came, saw the space, and loved it.”

She is “super-thrilled” by Sheldon’s donated work, an intriguing, metallic gold mural on a wall in the second-floor library.

“I knew the combination of Stuart’s energy and bold messages would be the perfect match,” said Braman Wechsler.