Middlebury Hillel Board Members
Jonah is a senior math major from Needham, Massachusetts. Jonah’s savta takes great pride in sharing his Hillel involvement with all the other Florida bubbes, and the delicious brisket she shares with him is his primary reason for staying involved in the Jewish faith. In addition to eating Lauren’s delicious food, Jonah tries to distract himself from the longing for Jewish home cooking by playing tennis, enjoying the outdoors with his best friend Bennett, and cheering for the Celtics. If you are curious about what a tone-deaf person sounds like, come sit next to Jonah at Shabbat services!
Co-President (Spring ’18-Fall ’19)
Rae Aaron ‘19.5
Rae bae (code name רבקה) is a Junior Feb from Phoenix, Arizona aka Grand Canyon State, majoring in International Politics and Economics with a focus on Hebrew and a possible Spanish minor assuming her Spanish starts to miraculously come back to her. She is involved with the SGA and Middlebury Women leaders, resides in Chromatic and enjoys being a feb, playing rec tennis and jogging. You can find her trying to recruit people to AIPAC conferences, and she’ll be spending winter break in the Holy Land. On shabbat, she prays that Life cereal will reappear in Ross, that all the Midd Jews register for Birthright, and that Federer reclaims #1
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Rabbi Danielle is excited to begin her work as Jewish Chaplain at Middlebury. She has previously worked as Jewish Chaplain at Lehigh University, Ursinus College, and as a program director at Harvard Hillel. She holds rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA in Religion from Oberlin College. Danielle has traveled and lived in Israel, India, Nepal, Tibet and a few other fabulous countries. Her Jewish practice is infused with mindfulness and an emphasis on the Jewish traditions which connect us to the Earth. She would love to have tea with you to discuss all this and more, so please be in touch!
Cece Alter ‘19.5
Cece Alter is an Education and American Studies double major, and she is well on her way to being the world’s greatest teacher. Cece is a junior feb, and like everyone at Middlebury she’s from California (specifically Berserkly). She loves to cook, spend time outside, and she is very good at listening to people talk about their feelings. She is such a mensch that she teaches at the Hebrew school in town. She plans the best social events any Hillel has ever seen, and is looking for members to join the Social Committee…
Alex Freedman ’18
Alexandra Freedman is a senior IGS-MES-Hebrew major with a newly declared political science minor from outside-of-Philly, Pennsylvania. When she is not at the FIC complaining about something, she can potentially be found at the Athletic Center for lacrosse practice, working at the Scott Center as the Religious Life Council Student Cluster Board Manager, OR in her bed watching TV. And just in case she hasn’t told you already, she made Aliyah in December 2016 and is a huge fan of the state of Israel, and plays for their national lacrosse team in her free time.
Cara Levine ’20
Cara is a sophomore from New York. She would take all the languages if her advisor didn’t confiscate her add-cards after attempting to enroll in Arabic, French, and Hebrew. She even speaks English!! You can probably find Cara at the Chellis House and French House, and just being all-around amazing. She is involved in J-Street, and has been to Israel like four times. Ask her about Birthright!!
Head Meals Chair
Lauren Finkelstein ’18
Lauren is a senior and the only Jew who has ever lived in Oregon. Like most Oregonians, she loves long distance running, hiking, and pot……s and pans, which she can often be found clanking around in the kitchen devising one of her famous fancy challah creations. If you want to get on her good side, compliment her cooking, buy her dried mango from the co-op, or don’t make any assumptions about her just because she is an Econ major. She put minimal effort into the housing lottery and somehow managed to end up in the best suite on campus, but she spends far too many hours each week trying to think up what to cook for Hillel dinner, so if you have any requests, shoot her an email!
Assistant Meals Chair, Waffle Chair & Snowboard Chair
Jenny Moss ’20
Jenny is a sophomore Feb majoring in International Politics and Economics. In her free time she likes to go running, play soccer, tock climb, and of course, cook delicious food! Jenny is a snowboard instructor, and by nature is snowboard chair of hillel, the most important role besides Rag Master. This is her first year as Hillel leadership, and she is incredibly excited to serve the board and serve some finger-licking good gruel!
Mikayla Hyman ’20
Mikayla is an undeclared Sophomore at Midd and Hillel’s Academic Chair. She loves to actively engage with the community—both by creating programming with systemic effects and by coordinating/attending fun one-time events. She gives a killer dvar, and loves “Lunch & Learn”. Some say she knows so much that one can learn just by being near her. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring new libraries, running, trying new foods, creative writing, and crafting! She loves to meet new people so if you see her on campus please feel free to approach her at any time!
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. She goes on a hike every other week, and will love you if you volunteered to be a participant in her thesis research. 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.
Secretary/FIC Manager/Rag Master
Sam Zieve-Cohen ‘19.5
Oh, Sam Zieve-Cohen. Sam is the king of ‘Jew’ography. Not only did he find his classmate from elementary school at Midd (@ board member Hannah), he also met none other than his COUSIN (@ board member Rebecca)! What a supportive beam of sunshine Sam brings to our FIC home; when you’re having a rough day, he’ll be the first to give you a little nugget of confidence.
Ben Dohan ‘20.5
Ben is a proud J.O.B. who is excited to be a part of the Hillel board. He believes Challah is the best kind of bread and sings every single song out of tune. Outside of Hillel Ben is a member of the sailing team, reports for The Campus, and enjoys getting very competitive at trivia night. He has no major and no plans for his future. Friday nights are his favorite part of the week because Hillel’s wonderful chefs serve up the best food this side of otter creek. Ben also promises to only use ritual wine for its intended purpose. He loves the outdoors and sitting in Proc for many hours.
Adrienne Sugarman ’21
Adrienne is a first year who has no idea what she’s gonna study at Midd. She’s from Jackson Wyoming (it’s okay, no one else knows where Wyoming is either) and is stoked to have moved from the least populated state to the second least populated state!! She always brings a ton of energy to Hillel events, and is super pumped for her first year on the Hillel board. In addition to dragging all of her non Jewish friends to Shabbat, she has *slight* obsession with playing Quidditch and misses her puppers a lot.
Hannah Krutiansky ’19
Hannah also goes by her Hebrew name Chana because it’s authentic but probably just to confuse everyone. When she gets excited or is talking to her dad on the phone, she starts speaking Spanish with her dramatic Argentinian accent, and her laugh is so contagious that even if you don’t know why she’s laughing it will also make you laugh. She was supposed to be abroad right now in Israel doing some cool program, but she sometimes confuses her hebrew words and goes into spanish, so we’re glad she decided to wait. She ice skates like a swan, and cares deeply about refugees, especially since her grandparents were refugees. Hannah is from New York and suffers from an upper-west-side superiority complex, even though we know she has come to love the ‘bury. Email Hannah if you’d like to join her Outreach/First Year Liaison Committee!! You won’t regret it. Oh and ask to see her bat mitzvah photos #angsty
Abroad/Past Hillel Board Members
Past President (Spring ’17-Fall ’18)
Josh Goldenberg ’18
JoshyG is a future doctor from Long Island, NY. 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 so excellently that before you talk to him you might mistake him for an actual Rabbi. Josh always looks fancy for his job giving spiels about Middlebury in admissions. Also, he has a pretty cute dog named Rory.
Former Meals Chair and Secretary – Abroad
Sarah Asch ‘19.5
Sarah Asch is a junior feb, probably from somewhere in Northern California based on her Instagram pictures of redwoods and the enormous state flag in her room. Sarah is an English and American Literature major with a concentration in creative writing (#basic). When she grows up she wants to be MacKenzie McHale from Aaron Sorkin’s critically under-acclaimed drama “The Newsroom,” and she already has head start as a features editor on The Campus. Her other collegiate activities include giving tours and helping produce a monthly live story slam event with the Midd Moth-UP. If she hasn’t already shown you pictures of her puppy, she will soon.
Former Interfaith Chair – Abroad
Ben Freedman ’19
Ben is a Junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan–if you don’t know where that is, he’ll gladly show you on his hand (unless you like Ohio State, in which case he’ll tell you to get out). Yes, he’s majoring in Religious Studies, no, he doesn’t want to become a Rabbi when he grows up. Some of his greatest passions are badminton, reading Reddit posts and Sigmund Freud essays, and reciting digits of Pi (in both English and Japanese). He frequents the Religious Life Council meetings, so if you have any questions about other Religious Life events happening on campus, hit him up! Although Ben is currently gallivanting around Japan, he’ll be back in the fall!
Former First Year Liaison and Webmaster – Abroad
Abby Browngoehl ’19:
‘Abby from Philly’ is a sophomore Psychology major. ‘Abby from Philly’ would love to show you photos of her baby niece Sadie so please ask to see them. ‘Abby from Philly’ has a passionate love for Debbie Friedman, and will slowly and inconspicuously transition all of Hillel’s prayer tunes to Debbie tunes. We are hoping that when she comes back from Spain, she won’t be tempted to lead all the prayers in Spanish.
Former Tzedek Chair and Current Multi-Committee Member
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. Ry dropped his position on the board to spend more time fixing his bike. However, he is Hillel’s most dedicated committee member, serving on both the Food and Social committees. If there were an award, Ry would win it every week.
Former Athletic Liaison – In Season
Kira Waldman ’20
Kira is your resident athlete from San Francisco, CA. She knows all things from sportsmanship, sporty dress, to sports drinks. Find her grinding on the basketball court or in the Geology lab. Kira loves spending time outdoors, hanging out with kids, and belting Oseh Shalom. This is her first year on the Hillel board and she is excited to foster a growing and welcoming Jewish environment for all student-athletes!
Kira is currently taking the game of basketball to new heights, but hopefully she’ll be back in the FIC eating hamentashen after her team dishes out some wins.
Maya London-Southern ‘20
Maya is a sophomore from a small town in Vermont called Middlebury, where she went to Hebrew school every Monday and had her Bat Mitzvah (since there aren’t that many B’nai Mitzvahs in Middlebury, it was the party of middle school). She is the head editor of Blackbird Literary Magazine’s poetry board and a member of the prose board. This is her first year on the Hillel board and she’s already intimidated the two first-years that came to the First-Year Mixer.
Ira Schiffer was the Associate Chaplain/Rabbi at Middlebury College for many years. 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 worked 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.