Middlebury Hillel Leadership, Spring 2016




Shelby Friedman ’16: sfriedman@middlebury.edu


Shelby is one of Hillel’s co-presidents. She originated in Mississippi, but her home is in Dallas. Inexplicably, she is NOT a Cowboys fan. She’s a Poli Sci major and does lots of Jewish things, including working at a Jewish Camp, participating in J-Street’s summer internship program, and interning with her Rabbi. She also usually smells pretty nice, if that matters.

11707791_10153785945428352_3509740311250568957_nAndrew Holtz ‘16.5:


Andrew is a Senior Feb studying some sort of science from somewhere Jewish in New Jersey. He speaks German and has dimples so large you could land a plane in them. He enjoys mixing salads and sneezing, though he is very careful not to sneeze into the salads! He’s into academics and knows how to make a pretty cute Candy Torah with just two rolls of Smarties, some ribbon, and an online tutorial!


Past President:



Josh Berlowitz ’16:

Josh is a Hillel co-president. He’s a Classics & Political Science joint major from Westchester, NY . 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.




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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.


10834895_10204135780774264_3292348456722685225_oTzedek Chairs:
Anna Iglitzen ‘17.5

 Anna is a Junior Feb from Seattle. She sings and smiles and shops at Bed, Bath, & Beyond with 20% off coupons on coupons. Outside of Hillel, she cares for the rest of us and plays Ultimate Frisbee. She is rarely found without her Nalgene, especially when engaaging in social justice work.


Sofi Hecht ’18

Sofi is a Sophomore from Berkeley, CA. She also plays Ultimate Frisbee with Anna. Sometimes it’s difficult to find one without the other, which makes them great co-Tzedek chairs! Sofi lives in the Hebrew House and takes Hebrew and Arabic at Midd. She has a secret passion for lemurs, and can often be found watching and re-watching Madagascar.







Meals Chairs

Alison Kraner ’18

Alison is a Psych major from Bethesda or Silver Spring or Potomac or one of those Jewish suburbs of D.C. Despite living in Weybridge, she’s yet to prove she isn’t a total square. She enjoys latkes, even though the oil gets everywhere. Also, she has two dogs she rarely mentions, but she does mention her two sisters a lot so maybe she thinks they are her dogs. Who knows.




Sara Dohan ’17

Sarah is a Junior Joint Environmental Studies and History Major from Lexington, MA. She has two pets, one dog (Bilbo) and one cat (Nina). Her favorite Jewish dish is either Flourless chocolate cake for Passover or challah French toast on Shabbat, which she plans to make for us at some point. She enjoys cooking and baking and other things that are preparing her well for her future of running a Jewish household while crushing it as a high-powered lawyer.




Rituals Chair

Josh Goldenberg ’18

JoshieG is a future doctor from Long Island, NY. He likes kugel and has a pretty cute dog named Rory. He enjoys eating kugel and leading us in the Birkat Hamazon after Shabbat dinners. He sings like an angel, or so we’ve been told, because honestly none of us went to his show last year even though we all told him we did. He can put together great High Holy Day services and chant Torah excellently.


Israel Chair/Treasurer:

Jonah Simon ’18

JoJo is a sophomore from JOB. He had a fish once, he wants you to know, but it died. He also likes Latkes and playing basketball. He’s a big Sox and Pats fan, but don’t let that deflate your opinion of this Green Monster. In this picture, he’s rocking a Cowboy hat, so it was probably taken at a Rodeo Themed Bat Mitzvah Party.

L1000392Social Chairs

Rachel Copulsky ’16

Rachel is a senior Psychology major from New York, NY. She keeps a fellow senior, Willie Goodman as her pet, and her favorite Jewish dish is Seltzer. She did an internship with kids and psychology this summer, so she’s probably interested in that sort of thing. She enjoys buying snacks, which help make any event a success!



Sammy-The-CatZak Fisher ’16

Zak is a Political Science major from Las Vegas, NV. He has an adorable and lovable cat named Sammy. He is a good cat and a sincere soul. His favorite dish is Challah, and his thesis is on every political theorist ever, so he’s pretty smart.

1400297_746621225365510_407561664_oInterfaith Chair

Alex Freedman ’18

Alex is a sophomore studying school from Philly. She’s a Varsity Lax girl, which makes her pretty chill to be around. She participates in Interfaith efforts on campus and is BFFs with Ellen McKay, the Administrative Program Coordinator at the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life on campus.



11357165_10206536575030603_2410703729828886899_oFreshman Liaisons

Ry Storey-Fisher ’18

Ry is a Sophomore from California. He’s still unsure about a lot of his future, but he’s positive that joining Hillel was the right decision! He’s friendly and polite, and he always holds the door open for pregnant women and takes the middle seat on airplanes.  He also dresses well and likes owls.



1779686_10152305867670740_5820036476794474551_nEli Susman ‘18.5

Eli is a Sophomore Feb from the Chicago suburbs. On his Febmester, he traveled to Southeast Asia, but only met cats and not people. He’s hoping to be better at meeting people in this role as a First-Year Liaison. He’s into therapy and mediation, and is amazing at hugging, which is apparently a skill. As of recently, he’s also a psych major.