Josh Berlowitz ’16: jberlowitz@middlebury.edu


Josh is a Hillel co-president. He’s a Classics & Political Science joint major from Westchester, NY (#JONY). He likes to eat brisket and matzah ball soup, so you know he’s Jewish and stuff. He’s also a Disney addict and a huge NY Rangers and Dallas Cowboys fan.

Shelby Friedman ’16: sfriedman@middlebury.edu

Associate Chaplain/Rabbi

Rabbi Ira Schiffer: ischiffe@middlebury.edu

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.

Tzedek Chair:

Anna Iglitzen ‘17.5

Sofi Hecht ’18

Meals Chairs


Alison Kraner ’18

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

Pets: Two dogs

Favorite Jewish Dish: Latkes


Sara Dohan ’17

Major: Joint Environmental Studies and History Major

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Pets?: One dog (Bilbo) and one cat (Nina)

Favorite Traditional Jewish dish: Flourless chocolate cake for Passover or challah French toast on Shabbat


Academic Chair

Andrew Holtz ‘16.5

Rituals Chair


Josh Goldenberg ’18

Major:  undecided, but Pre-Med.

Hometown:  Roslyn, NY.

Pet: Rory is my baby, forever and ever.

Favorite Jewish Dish: Kugel

Israel Chair

Jonah Simon ’18

Major: Undeclared

Hometown: Needham, MA

Pet: I had a fish once.

Jewish Dish: Latkes

Social Chairs


Rachel Copulsky ’16

Major: Psychology

Hometown: New York City

Pets?: Willie Goodman

Favorite Traditional Jewish dish: Seltzer




Zak Fisher ’16

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Pets: One adorable and lovable cat named Sammy. He is a good cat and a sincere soul.

Favorite Traditional Jewish dish: Challah


Freshman Liaisons


Ry Storey-Fisher ’18

Eli Susman ‘18.5