WASHINGTON DC – Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, announced today the 20 members of the 2021-2022 Hillel International Student Cabinet. The cabinet shares their advice, opinions and perspectives with Hillel International’s leadership to help Hillels engage Jewish college students everywhere.
The members comprise a diverse cohort and were selected to represent a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and interests. They hail from colleges and universities of varying sizes and are engaged in many different areas of study. The members were selected through a highly competitive process.
“The Hillel International Student Cabinet embodies everything that the Hillel movement strives to be,” said Hillel International President and CEO Adam Lehman. “This group of student leaders from diverse backgrounds and unique Jewish journeys works together to ensure that Hillel is a home for every Jewish student. This past year, the Student Cabinet played an essential role in helping Hillels shape programs and experiences that met students’ needs during the isolation of the pandemic. I know this year’s Student Cabinet will be a key voice in helping Hillels transition back to on-campus programming and find other ways to connect students across the Hillel movement.”
This year, the members represent three countries – the United States, Canada, and Israel - and 12 states. The cabinet will also serve as a vehicle to connect Jewish college students to their peers throughout the world, by leveraging the global Hillel network. Currently, Hillel operates on more than 550 college campuses and in 17 countries.
"Serving on the student cabinet has been such an enriching part of my college, Jewish, and Hillel experiences, giving me unique opportunities for leadership and development. I am looking forward to working with this incredible new cabinet,” said incoming co-chair Jade Gordon, a member of the class of 2022 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Co-chair Ben Lefkowitz of Emory University, also a member of the class of 2022, added, “While this has been an incredibly difficult year, the Hillel movement has grown exponentially as we are continually reminded of the need for a pluralistic and strong Jewish community on our campus. I am incredibly excited to utilize this momentum as we move back to our campuses and use this unique opportunity to help redefine what it means to be a Hillel student.”
Below is a full list of the 2021-22 Cabinet members:
Jade Gordon, Stephen F. Austin State University, '22
Ben Lefkowitz, Emory University, '22
Federico Zalcberg, Stanford University, '22
Elijah Cohen-Gordon, Clark University, '23
Nathan Waldman, University of Oregon, '22
Sam Zahn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, '22
Noah Goldstein, University of San Francisco, '22
Leah Goldschmidt, York University, '22
Hayley Huber, Washington and Lee University, '23
Jordan Robinson, Michigan State University, '22
Lana Kolchinsky, Stetson University, '22
Jessica Yeroshalmi, Baruch College CUNY, '23
Octavio Javier Viramontes Perez, University of Texas at San Antonio, '23
Alexa Cotel Altman, Auburn University, '23
Julia Bernstein, Franklin and Marshall College, '22
Sarah Pomerantz, University of Michigan, '22
Jordan Goldenberg, Ryerson University, '23
Dani Duek, Tel Aviv University, '23
Samantha Brody, Brandeis University, '24
Jacqueline Blyudoy, The City College of New York, '22
About Hillel International
Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.