Hillel welcomes the following individuals who are taking positions as directors or acting directors of Hillel foundations across North America.
New directors and other professionals at 2009 Engagement Institute.
University of Rochester Hillel – Judy Abelman
Judy will transition from the interim to the full-time Director at University of Rochester Hillel this summer. Prior to joining Hillel, Judy served as the Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. She has also worked with the University of Rochester as an Associate Director in both the Community and Student Affairs Departments.
Hillels of Colorado – Hal Applebaum
Hal is returning to Hillel after serving as the Executive Director of the Israel Center at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco for the past year. Previously, Hal was the Executive Director of Oregon Hillel from 2001-2008. At Oregon Hillel, Hal increased the funding of the institution, provided strategic vision and leadership, and led strong Israel advocacy awareness initiatives for the campus and community.
University of Oklahoma Hillel - Keren Ayalon
Keren began her career with Hillel in 2000 as the Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Tel Aviv University and subsequently at Queens College, where she eventually served as Associate Director. In 2007, she began her work as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Center for Jewish Life/Hillel at Princeton University.
University of Oregon Hillel – Paul Bessemer
Paul will transition from the interim to the full-time Director at University of Oregon Hillel this summer. In 1994, Paul graduated from University of California – Los Angeles with a Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern History and, in 2006, received an additional Masters from University of Oregon’s School of Education. From 2006-2008, he worked as a public high school teacher prior to joining Hillel in the fall of 2008.
Hillel at Broward and Palm Beach – Scott Brockman
Scott comes to Hillel with extensive development experience with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and South Palm Beach County. Prior to his work as the Director of Campaign Outreach and Expansion, he worked for a small television station in Charlotte and the Union for Reform Judaism.
MIT Hillel – Rabbi Michelle Fisher
As a former graduate student at MIT, Michelle joins MIT Hillel after serving as the Rabbi of Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, California, for two years. Prior to her time in California, she was Associate Rabbi at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland.
Hillel Foundation at Miami University - Rabbi Rachel Gartner
Rachel comes to Hillel after working as a Rabbi in the department of Campus Ministries at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana since 2007. During her time at Earlham College, she also was as an instructor in the Jewish Studies Department. Rachel is a 2002 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
North Carolina Hillel - Ari Gauss
Ari began his Hillel career as the Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Tufts University. He also spent two years at Yale Hillel before becoming the Associate Director of Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists at UJA-Federation of New York. More recently, Ari worked for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science in New York as the Director of Development.
Santa Barbara Hillel - Rabbi Evan Goodman
Evan comes to Hillel after serving as a pulpit rabbi for the past sixteen years. Most recently, he was the Rabbi at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New York. For six years, Evan served on the Board of Directors of the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League and also served as the Vice President of the Northern California Board of Rabbis.
University of Southern California Hillel – Michael Jeser
Michael comes to Hillel from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where he served as the Director of Real Estate and Construction Division. Prior to his time with Federation, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development for the Jewish Community Center at Milken. Michael holds a dual Masters Degree in Jewish Communal Service and Social Work from Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California.
University of Georgia Hillel – Joel Marcovitch
Joel worked for the Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach for three years as the Director of Israel Leadership Programs before his time as Assistant Director at University of Michigan Hillel. Originally from London, Joel has been involved with Jewish organizations for much of his professional life, serving multiple roles for Young Judea in England, such as Educational Coordinator and Division Leader.
Berkeley Hillel – Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman
Adam has served as the Campus Director at University of Colorado at Boulder Hillel since 2006. Prior to joining Hillel he served as the Director of Development for the University of Judaism in Bel Air, California. Adam served as the Director of Leadership Programs for the Brandies Bardin Institute’s Camp Alonim. He was ordained in 2005 from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.
University of Colorado-Boulder Hillel – Hanan Nayberg
Hanan is no stranger to Hillel as he has been the Program Director and Assistant Director at New Orleans Hillel since 2006. Before his time at New Orleans, Hanan served as the Israel Fellow at Texas Hillel and also worked for a year in the Israeli parliament. For his undergraduate degree, Hanan received an Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy (PPE) degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Johns Hopkins University Hillel - Rabbi Debbie Pine
In 2006, Debbie joined Hillel as the Executive Director of New Orleans Hillel after serving as the Rabbi and Educator at Congregation Rodef Shalom in Philadelphia. In 2008, she took on a new role at New Orleans Hillel as the Capital Campaign Director. Recently, Debbie has served as faculty at Goldman Union Camp, URJ Camp Harlam, and URJ Jacobs Camp.
Bronfman Center at NYU – David Rittberg
David becomes the Acting Director at the Bronfman Center as the next step of a long and successful Hillel journey. After graduating from Penn State University with a BS in Business Marketing, he joined Hillel as a Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps fellow at the University of Arizona. Following the UofA, he joined the Hillel team at Stanford Hillel for two years. After a brief hiatus from Hillel work, David came to work as the Associate Director at the Bronfman Center at NYU prior to assuming his current role.
Hillel of Tampa Bay – Rabbi Ed Rosenthal
Ed led Cornell Hillel as Executive Director for the past 8 years spearheading a significant period of growth and expansion. Prior to arriving at Cornell Hillel, Ed served as Campus Rabbi for campuses throughout Georgia including Emory University and The University of Georgia. Ed is a graduate of Hebrew Union College.
University of Virginia Hillel - Jake Rubin
Jake comes to Hillel from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where he will be receiving his ordination in June 2009. Jake graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a degree in religious studies, and also spent time at Hebrew University’s Rothberg School for International Studies in the spring of 2000.
Hillel at Baruch – Matt Vogel
In six years with Hillel he has been a Senior Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) Coordinator in New York. Matthew graduated a proud Spartan from Michigan State University in 1997 and was part of the dual degree program in Nonprofit Management and Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University in 2007.
University of Connecticut Hillel - Gary Wolff
Gary began his career with Hillel in 2004, first serving as Program Associate and eventually as Director of Boca Raton programming at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. For the past two years, he has served as the Assistant Director and then acting Executive Director of the organization.