Elana Pogal is a senior from Rochester, NY majoring in Human Development and minoring in Economics, Judaic Studies, and Hebrew. She started her involvement with Hillel her freshmen year with Bearcats for Israel and the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Now, she is beginning her year with her new role as President of the Orthodox Students of Hillel. As President, she looks forward to expanding the opportunities for leadership and open platforms for students to grow in torah learning, tefillah, and a flourishing Orthodox community. Elana is also a Nachshon Fellow and just returned from a semester abroad in Jerusalem where she studied at the Hebrew University. After graduation, she plans on earning an MBA in nonprofit management in hopes of pursuing a career as a Jewish Professional Leader. She can't wait for year to come!
Randi is from West Bloomfield, Michigan and came all the way out here to study in the Decker School of Nursing. Randi is inspired to make everyone feel the shabbat ruach, spirit at Binghamton. Her love for Camp Ramah in Canada, Nativ and USY has opened up many doors in which she can bring in the warm shabbas feeling. When she isn’t figuring out what to serve at shabbat dinner, Randi is helping the College Diabetes Network, watching Parks and Rec, or figuring out where she should travel next! Randi is excited for everyone to come enjoy the noodle soup and kugel at Shabbat dinner!
Matthew Benak is a Sophomore from Roslyn, Long Island. He is a Philosophy, Politics, & Law Major, and interested in minoring in Judaic Studies. It is his first year on the Pluralism Council and he is thrilled to be working with such amazing and inspiring group of people. Throughout his youth, Matt attended The Schechter School of Long Island and spent most of his summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. Matt is thrilled to be the Director of Holidays and has been feverishly working hard to make sure that the Jewish Holidays at Binghamton are one to be remembered and cherish forever.
Rebecca Harris is a junior from Riverdale, New York. She is pursuing a Religion Major through the Individualized Major Program. Rebecca has served on the Pluralism council in the past as the Director of Holidays, and cannot wait to be Director of Education. She enjoys drawing, making soup, and reading about science.
Anna is a sophomore from Reston, Virginia and she is thrilled to be this year’s Director of Reform Jews of Hillel. A lover of camp, Anna has attended URJ Camp Harlam for ten years and hopes to bring people together to create a community of mutual interests and support within RJH and Hillel as a whole. Anna is excited to expand RJH and continue to build a foundation to bring a strong sense of belonging, tradition, and enrichment to Hillel and Binghamton University.
Sophia, a Junior from Bergen County, New Jersey, could not be more excited to serve as Hillel’s Director of KOACH this year. Sophia has been exploring her love of Jewish learning over her years at Solomon Schechter, Ramah and USY, and cannot wait to bring her passion to Hillel. She has spent the past two summers staffing USY on Wheels, so she’s all about bringing Judaism anywhere and everywhere. When not hanging out in the Hillel lounge, Sophia can be found behind the mic as a DJ at WHRW, sporting her Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi letters, or knitting a new hat. She is thrilled to explore Judaism’s history, cultures, and traditions with her favorite people on campus and continue her Jewish journey with the rest of Hillel!