Seven Hillels have announced the appointment of new executive directors.
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, where among her many accomplishments; she created “JGAP Princeton”, a new social network for Jewish graduate students and young professionals in the Princeton area. Keren graduated with a Master’s of Science in Leisure Studies and Sports Management from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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. During his time at RRC, he served as the co-chair of the student leadership campaign, which was responsible for generating awareness of and funds for the institutions capital campaign. Jake also served as the Director of Community Life for PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values.
Rabbi Michelle Fisher – MIT Hillel
As a former graduate student at MIT, Michelle Fischer 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. Rabbi Fisher is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and continues to be active with the organizations alumni efforts.
Ari Gauss – North Carolina Hillel
Gauss comes to North Carolina Hillel after having worked for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science in New York as the director of development since 2006. He is also the former associate director of Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists at UJA-Federation of New York. In 1997, Gauss was a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Tufts University Hillel and went on to work at Yale Hillel for two years. He is also a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
Rabbi Debbie Pine – Johns Hopkins University Hillel
In 2006, Rabbi Pine 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 she has served as faculty at Goldman Union Camp, URJ Camp Harlam, and URJ Jacobs Camp.
Gary Wolff – University of Connecticut Hillel
Wolff began his career with Hillel in 2004, first serving as program associate and eventually as director of Boca Raton programing 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. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Wolff was formerly a manager at the country’s largest fashion retailer before joining Hillel.
Rabbi Evan Goodman – Santa Barbara Hillel
Rabbi Goodman 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, where he launched an endowment campaign of nearly $1 million dollars. For six years he 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.