Challah for Hunger Founder Eli Winkelman.
Five individuals with close ties to Hillel were included in the 2010 edition of The New York Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” edition which highlights the accomplishments of innovative young people who are helping to rethink and reshape the Jewish community through their work. Hillel’s honorees -- Sara Berman, Nati Passow, Danya Ruttenberg, Mitzi Steiner and Eli Winkelman -- have used their creativity, passion, and “chutzpah” to bring innovative ideas and questions into the Jewish community.
Nati Passow, Co-Founder and Director, Jewish Farm School
Nati Passow launched the Jewish Farm School in 2005 to reconnect Jewish students with their agrarian past and to foster new opportunities for students to interact with Judaism in meaningful new ways. Having graduated from University of Pennsylvania and worked at the Teva Learning center in Connecticut, Nati, acts as an educator at the Jewish Farm School where he runs workshops and seminars, leads alternative spring break trips and organizes urban sustainability series. Hillel works closely with Passow and the Jewish farm school.
Eli Winkelman, Director, Challah for Hunger
In 2004, Eli Winkelman began baking challah in the Scripps College Hillel kitchen to raise money for Darfur relief during her freshman year. By mixing her prized challah recipe, a lot of hard work, and a dash of “chutzpah,” she found the right ingredients to turn her student project into a successful international organization, Challah for Hunger. Today the group has 32 sites worldwide and has raised over $150,000 for the Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund through the American Jewish World Service.
Danya Ruttenberg, Rabbi, Writer, Educator
Formerly a strict feminist with no room for Judaism in her life, Danya Ruttenberg reconnected with her faith when she confronted the death of her mother during her last year at Brown University. She received rabbinic ordination and today helps students find meaning in Judaism as Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts Hillel and through her three books, “Yentl’s Revenge”, “The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism”, and “Surprised by God: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion,” which was a 2010 finalist or the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.
Sara Berman, Hebrew Charter School Pioneer
A former parenting columnist for the New York Sun, Sara Berman is a proponent for the nascent Hebrew charter school movement. She is president of Brooklyn’s Hebrew Language Academy Charter School and chairs the newly created Hebrew Charter School Center whose goal is to establish 20 other Hebrew charter schools by 2015. The daughter of Hillel Board of Governors founding co-chair Michael Steinhardt, Berman shares his secular Jewish outlook.
Mitzi Steiner, Student and Educator
Just two years into her career at Barnard College, Mitzi Steiner has already established herself as a leader in Jewish education. During her freshman year she led the Beit Midrash Committee at Hillel and founded the Jewish Education Workshop (JEW), a pluralistic initiative that matches up student teachers with people seeking to learn specific Jewish skills. Now the Los Angeles native serves as the education coordinator on the Hillel board, where she oversees JEW and other educational activities, working together with representatives of all Jewish affiliations on campus.
By Communications Intern Spencer Parsons, a rising sophomore at Brown University.