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.



Sarah Cohen ’15: srcohen@middlebury.edu


Sarah is a president.  She is a Religion major with an Arabic minor. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks on the beach with her Poodle, Mazel, who is the companion of a life time. Her upper west side/west palm beach Bubbe alter ego is Bessie. More fun facts coming soon.


Molly Kaminsky ’15: mkaminsky@middlebury.edu


Molly is a president and senior hailing from Short Hills, New Jersey. She is biochemistry major with a minor in mathematics, and plans on taking a gap year before heading off to Medical School. 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. Her upper west side/west palm beach Bubbe alter-ego is Myrtle.

Tzedek chairs

Shelby Friedman ’16

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.

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 JEN LIFHITS AND ELANA SCHRAGER. 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 SALSA dancing.

Elana Schrager ’17: eschrager@middlebury.edu

Jen Lifhits ’15: jlifhits@middlebury.edu

Academic chair

Aliza Cohen ’17: acohen@middlebury.edu

Rituals Chair

David Yedid ’15: dyedid@middlebury.edu


Abbie Spector ’17: aspector@middlebury.edu

Israel chair

Andrew Holtz ’16.5: aholtz@middlebury.edu

Ilana Gratch ’16.5: igratch@middlebury.edu

Social Chair

Willie Goodman ’16: wgoodman@middlbury.edu

Master of the Web

Zak Fisher ’16: zfisher@middlebury.edu

Freshman Liaisons

Sara Dohan ’17: sdohan@middlebury.edu

Noah Liebmiller ’17: nliebmiller@middlebury.edu