Meet the Assembly

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LAUREN HOLLANDER

FYSH (First Year Students of Hillel) Director

Lauren Hollander is a sophomore and is excited to become the new director of FYSH! She is currently pursuing a major in Psychology. In her freshman year, she became a Student Ambassador, joined the Center for Civic Engagement LEAD program, got involved in a Hip Hop dance group and joined the Hillel community by getting involved with FYSH. She loves going to shabbat dinners, meeting new people and helping out the community. In her summers, she attended Eisner Camp as a camper turned counselor and has lifeguarded at a beach in Rye, NY. This is her first time serving on the Assembly Board and is looking forward to creating the best year possible. 

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JACOB AARONSON

Director of Keshet (Hillel's LGBTQ+ Subgroup)

Jacob Aaronson is a senior from New Rochelle, New York, majoring in computer engineering. Since his freshman year, Jacob has been an active member of Hillel and Keshet, Hillel's LGBTQ group. This year, he is very excited to continue supporting and invigorating Binghamton's queer Jewish community. When not in class or doing homework, Jacob enjoys watching classic tv and movies, solving crossword puzzles, and hanging out in the Hillel Lounge and the Q Center.

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GRACE CROWE

Director of Kaskeset

Grace is a Junior who grew up in Rochester, NY. She is a Psychology major and Health and Wellness minor, and loves working with children! She has loved every second of her time in Kaskeset since her freshman fall and she cannot wait to continue bringing Jewish a cappella music to the Hillel at Binghamton community. When she’s not rehearsing with the group, Grace can be found hammocking in the nature preserve, throwing a softball, or obsessing over her adorable black lab, Kodiak.

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YARDAENA PORTMAN

President of Orthodox Students of Hillel (OSH)

Yardaena is a Junior from Boston majoring in biology and minoring in economics. Last year, she served as the Programming Chair for OSH. Before Binghamton, she spent a year studying in Israel at Midreshet Harova. When she's not organizing OSH events, you can find her playing games in the Hillel lounge on Shabbat, or meeting with other clubs, such as BUZO and TAMID. In her free time, she also loves running, playing violin, or reading. She can't wait to attend all of Hillel’s events this year!

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NOA POPKY

Director of Shabbat Experience

Noa is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She lives in Rockaway, New Jersey but is always willing to talk Canada if you’ll listen. Since starting at Binghamton, she has gotten involved in Hillel and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. She also loves her camp (yay Ramah Canada) and Nativ! You can find her in the Hillel Office or hanging out with her friends. She is so excited to be the new Shabbat Queen, as Shabbat is her favorite day of the week!

JACOB ROTH

Director of Holidays

Say hello to our fall 2020 Holidays chair, Jacob Morris Roth. Jacob took a gap year in Israel where he studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem so it's unclear whether he's entering his sophomore or junior year. Jacob is studying Human Development and Graphic Design and while he has no clue what he wants to do with these degrees, he knows that he wants it to be benefitting the Jewish world!

GILLIAN WEISSMAN

Director of Koach (Conservative Judaism)

Gillian is a sophomore in the Watson School of Engineering as an electrical engineering major with a minor in sustainability. She is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts so she carries that New England charm all the way to Binghamton. Gillian brings her love of Conservative Judaism all over the world from Camp Ramah in New England to Alexander Muss High School in Israel, finally landing as the director of Koach. When she isn't learning new Kabbalat Shabbat tunes, Gillian can be found drinking a smoothie from RedMango, listening to the Jonas Brothers, or going to Nowl just for cereal.

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HANNAH FISHBIEN 

President of Challah for Hunger (C4H)

Hannah Fishbein is a junior double majoring in Economics and Math Actuarial Science, and minoring in Anthropology.  She is the youngest of five, and an out-of-stater from Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Her happy place is the Outer Banks in North Carolina, although she didn’t love the new Netflix original.  Instead, she prefers to watch Parks and Rec, listen to country music, and learn cool tricks like solving the Rubik's cube and juggling. On campus, Hannah can be seen hanging out with her sorority, indulging in Bearcat Bakery’s Cupcake Wednesday, on a run, or studying in the Hillel Lounge. 

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SOPHIE ROTH

Director of the Committee for Social Justice (C4SJ)

My name is Sophie Roth and I am an incoming sophomore majoring in Biology on the Pre-medical track, and working to minor in Art. I am from Long Island, NY and I have always tried to incorporate Judaism into my life. I have participated in USY (United Synogogue Youth) and have attended and worked at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Aside from Hillel I am involved in multiple Pre-medical clubs and Kappa Kappa Gamma, and I work in Bartle Library. Helping those in need has always been an extremely important aspect of my life and I cannot wait to see all that we can accomplish together. This past year my favorite part of Hillel was definitely coming together as a community to celebrate Shabbat and eat Friday night dinner.

ROBIN WEISS

Director of Senior Programming

Robin is a Senior from Westchester studying Human Development. She loves to create fun and exciting programming events, and can’t wait to create those for the Seniors of Hillel! When she is not planning these events for the Hillel Seniors you can find her at the booths in the Market Place sitting with SAEPi sisters, wearing either a coffee costume or a hotdog costume, or at the bowling alley downtown! 

NOA PITKOWSKY

Director of Major Events

Noa is a Sophomore from Bronx, New York. She is excited to serve as your Director of Major events. Previously she was a tri-chair for Aroma Cafe, the events coordinator for Yom Ha’atzamut and an active member of FYSH. Noa is excited to plan programs for the Jewish community at Binghamton and can’t wait to see you there! Her love of Judaism and community programming comes from Young Judaea, her community at home, the Hevruta Gap Year Program and Binghamton. When she is not planning events she can be found exploring new study spaces or collecting rocks. 

SAMSON GOLDBERG

Director of Education 

Samson Goldberg is a senior from Albany, New York studying Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) with a minor in Religious Studies. He has learned in a variety of Jewish communities and environments including Orthodox and Conservative synagogues and minyanim in his hometowns, the k’lal Yisrael community of Camp Yavneh, a year at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa, and he also has spent some time learning with Yeshivat Hadar. Samson can’t wait to use what he has learned from these experiences to help establish spaces for learning that are open, accessible, and serve as a strong base for the entire Hillel at Binghamton community. Outside of Hillel, he’s also a panelist on WHRW’s Interfaith Radio Panel. So, if you’re looking for someone to talk about philosophy, politics, religion, or educational opportunities at Hillel, Samson might just be your person! 

ABI WARD

Director of Bearcats for Israel

Abi Ward is currently a sophomore in the College of Community of Public Affairs as a Human Development Major and Education minor. She dreams of becoming a Elementary School Special Education teacher. Abi intends on spending her spring 2022 semester abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Israel is Abi's happy place, and she is so excited to create fun and fulfilling Israel programming for Bearcats for Israel! When not planning and running programming, you can find Abi hanging out with her friends in Best Buddies and sisters in Alpha Epsilon Phi, or watching any and every show on Netflix! Abi is ready to have an amazing year of programming for Bearcats For Israel, and cannot wait for everyone to get involved!

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