Nataly Weiss is the Director of Hillel at Binghamton University. She is a graduate of the University of Hartford and is a Masters candidate in Jewish Studies at Touro College. Prior to working at Binghamton, Nataly, and her husband Akiva, served as the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) rabbinic couple at Rutgers University. In this position sponsored by the Orthodox Union, Nataly developed Jewish learning and other substantive opportunities for Rutgers University’s 6,000 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students in order to help engage them in religious dialogue, and help them grow and enhance their experience of Judaism while attending secular college. Nataly has also held many other leadership roles in the Jewish community, including volunteer Jewish Chaplain, day camp director, and youth director. Nataly is joined by her husband, Rabbi Akiva Weiss and their four children, Ezra, Elianna, Eliora, and Eytan.
Rabbi Akiva Weiss hails from Margate City, NJ, where he grew up the son of a prominent Orthodox day-school educator, rabbi, and principal. He learned for several years in yeshivot in Israel post-high school including Reishit Yerushalayim, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and Bar Ilan University, returning to the states to complete his BA and to receive semicha in Yeshiva University. After completing his BA he took a leave of absence to pursue his life’s dream of serving in the IDF, enlisting and serving in the Givaati Brigade, where he served in Gaza for 10 months, receiving a distinguished service award from his unit. Upon returning to the states, he worked at the Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy as a Judaics teacher where he met his wife Nataly. He completed his semicha at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and has worked with Nataly on campus at Rutgers for the past four years, giving pastoral and halachic guidance to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox students from all different backgrounds. Rabbi Weiss has also served as Battalion Chaplain for the Rutgers ROTC Scarlet Knights Battalion and was the Orthodox member and liaison to the Rutgers University Interfaith Alliance, a group of university chaplains that advocates and aims to ensure the religious needs of all students of faith at Rutgers are respected and met by the university faculty and administration. Rabbi Weiss is excited to be Binghamton University’s first OU-JLIC Rabbi!
In partnership with the Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU-JLIC), we welcome Tali Weiss to round out our OU-JLIC team and be a source of learning opportunities for women.
Tali grew up in Los Angeles and attended Yeshiva University High School before heading to study in Israel at Michelet Orot, a pre-college program that involves advanced Jewish studies alongside Israeli students. It was halfway through this experience that Tali decided to make Aliyah and began her studies at Shaare Zedek Nursing School to become a certified registered nurse, continuing on to University of Haifa where she earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing Sciences. For the past 10 years Tali has been working at Shaare Zedek Hospital, where she completed advanced training to become a neonatal intensive care nurse specialist. She also teaches in the Tel Hashomer Hospital Nursing School, and lectures public health clinicians on issues related to patient experience. Simultaneous to her nursing work, Tali has received training as a Jewish educator, spending 3 years at Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo in Jerusalem, doing coursework on the weekly portion, women of the bible and seminars in High Holiday preparations, and completed a year-long training course for bride teachers at the prestigious Puah Institute. Tali also received training through the Misrachi Olami Shalhevet Program, which empowers aspiring educators to become effective leaders within Diaspora Jewish communities, doing coursework in Jewish law, philosophy, Israel advocacy and pedagogic methodologies. In her spare time, Tali enjoys playing and watching basketball, drinking coffee, cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and listening to music. Tali will be joined by her husband Gershon and their three boys, Yehuda, Asaf, and Matan Ori.
With such a wonderful team in place, we look forward to attracting new students to Hillel at Binghamton and deepening our engagement with our current students and student leaders through a wide spectrum of program and opportunities. We can’t wait for the semester to begin!
In partnership with the Jewish Agency and Hillel International we welcome Neta Grinfas as the new Israel Fellow for Hillel at Binghamton. In her role, Neta will focus on Israel engagement, education and experience. She will also share her personal experiences of modern Israel through the lens of its socially-progressive values and its accomplishments in technology, life sciences, and the arts.
Neta Lee grew up in Rishon Letzion, Israel, and has always dreamed of going on shlichut (mission) as a way of giving back to her country and manifesting her belief in the strong connection between Israel and Jewish people around the world. Indeed, Neta’s experiences reflect her desire to create collaborations between people from different backgrounds, most notably between Israelis and Jews from the Diaspora. She was a sergeant in the education and youth corps of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), teaching Hebrew and social integration to immigrant soldiers and those that came from minority backgrounds and joined the Israeli Border Police. She also taught Israeli commanders and soldiers how to work effectively with immigrant soldiers. Neta is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, where she earned her BA in Political Science. Until recently, Neta worked with The Israel Experience, a Masa Israel gap year program for students ages 17 - 20 from English speaking Commonwealth countries who wish to come to Israel on a long-term basis, facilitating their introduction to Israel through a range of experiences. She is also an instructor in the Israeli Scouts, where she works with the children of Israelis’ residing overseas who want to return to Israel in order to complete their IDF service. Neta enjoys hiking and getting to know new places and different cultures, listening to music, theater, photography, and reading newspapers and books.
In partnership with JTS Millennial Engagement , Hillel at Binghamton is excited to welcome Jeremy Fineberg, as the JTS Rabbinical Student in Residence. Jeremy will visit campus 6 times per year, and will be available to students starting Thursdayevenings and through Sunday mornings. In addition to social gatherings with students, Jeremy will teach classes, participate in Shabbat Services and meals, have strategic conversations with students leaders, and have one-on-one time with a wide variety of students including those on the periphery of Jewish campus life. Jeremy is originally from Skokie, Illinois, but as a third year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he now calls New York home. He graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a BA in International Studies and minors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Politics; and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He was very involved in student programming, including the creation of an educational curriculum and training for 800 first year students about making responsible choices during their time on campus. Jeremy has worked at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin since 2011, and currently serves as Program Director. Jeremy is an avid reader, a small-kippah aficionado, loves cooking, singing, and occasionally 'enjoys' running. We can wait for Jeremy to begin making his contributions to conservative Jewish life on campus, and Hillel life, overall.