Associate Chaplain

Rabbi Ira Schiffer: ischiffe@middlebury.edu

Hille website - Rabbi Ira

Ira Schiffer is the Associate Chaplain/Rabbi at Middlebury College. He and his family arrived in Middlebury in June 2001 after a five-year adventure living in the north of Israel, where Ira was involved with community building and Arab-Jewish coexistence programs. Prior to that, he served congregations in Newark, Delaware and Baltimore, Maryland for a period of nineteen years.

Ira’s rabbinic training was at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; he holds a Master’s degree in the History of Religions from Brown University.

In addition to his work as Hillel Rabbi, Ira works with the students, faculty and staff of the College in supporting religious life on campus and building bridges of understanding among the diverse groups that make up the Middlebury community.

Complementing his work at the College, Ira serves as Director of Education for Havurah: The Addison County Jewish Congregation.



Rachel Dicker ’14: rdicker@middlebury.edu

Rachel is the president.  An avid dog lover (only golden retrievers), her hometown is somewhere in Oregon.


Molly Kaminsky ’15: mkaminsky@middlebury.edu

Molly is a sophomore from Short Hills, New Jersey. She is biochemistry major with a minor in mathematics, and plans to fulfill all of the pre-medical requirements before graduation. In her spare time, Molly enjoys playing rugby with the Middlebury College Women’s Rugby Club, composing music on the piano, and making bad puns.

Tzedek chairs

Maya Peers-Nitzberg ’16.5

Meals chair

Aviva Shwayder ’16 : ashwayder@middlebury.edu

My name is Aviva Shwayder and I am super excited to be a meal chair with my co Lee Schlenker. I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan, reppin’ the Midwest. When I first came to Middlebury, Hillel quickly became a home of wonderful friends with whom I could practice my Judaism, schmooze, and eat good food. When not studying and at Hillel, I enjoy running through Vermont’s beautiful landscape, playing the piano, and swing dancing.


Lee Schlenker ’16 : lschlenker@middlebury.edu

Lee Schlenker is this year’s co-chair of food and nomz with Aviva. A connoisseur of gastronomic delicacies, he hopes to cater to the gustatory needs of all jews and gentiles on the Middlebury campus and worldwide. Well, not worldwide – but everywhere that finds itself with hungry Jews looking to feast.

Academic chair

Caroline Kahlenberg ’14

Rituals Chair

Josh Berlowitz ’16: jberlowitz@middlebury.edu


Josh is a freshman undecided on many things, including his major. He hails from Ardsley, NY, a village smaller than Middlebury in the New York City suburbs.  His favorite Jewish food is parsley dipped in salt water on Passover. It’s delicious, don’t question it.


Stuart Green ’16

Israel chair

Shelby Friedman ’16: sfriedman@middlebury.edu
Shelby is a sophomore from Dallas, TX. As you may have guessed given her position on Hillel’s board, she is into all things Israel. She plans to major in International and Global Studies with foci on the Middle East and Hebrew, and she is a resident of the Hebrew House. In addition to these endeavors, Shelby enjoys practicing her French, keeping up with politics and global issues, reading non-fiction, and cooking various types of southern cuisine for Middlebury’s Southern Society. While Shelby agrees that Texas is in its own category independent of the general “South,” she feels that having spent the first 15 years of her life in Mississippi fulfills any wanting for southern street cred.



Scott Goldberg ’14: sgoldberg@middlebury.edu


Middlebury College Hillel’s Treasurer, Scott Goldberg, is a 4th generation Nebraskan graduating from Westside High School in West Omaha. Loving Temple Israel, his home synagogue, Scott decided to become active in Jewish life on campus. An avid player of the popular strategy game, Settlers of Catan- Cities and Knights, Scott is a senior Economics major with a minor in Italian. In his spare time, Scott enjoys playing in his band, Just Because, running regressions, and logrolling. Scott’s favorite Jewish foods are noodle kugel, cheese blintzes, and gefilte fish. And lox. Well, and hamantaschen too. And rugelach– you can’t forget rugelach. Anyway, if you’re free any day of the week, Scott could eat some Jewish food with you. Just remember: Scott doesn’t roll on Shabbos.

Social chairs

Willie Goodman ’16

Keepers of the Web

Ilana Gratch ’16 and Zak Fisher ’16

Freshman Liaison

Abbie Spector ’17