Monica Hirsch is a junior at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Television Writing. She is thrilled to be a part of Columbia’s Hillel Board. She has always been interested in being an active member of her Jewish Community. Monica is from Columbus, Ohio. Her favorite things to do are watching tv, going out to eat, and hanging out with Rabbi Megan and Paige.
Zoe Levin is an early childhood education major at Columbia College Chicago as well as Columbia Hillel's Outreach Chair. She is super excited for the opportunity to get to know the community at Columbia College Chicago, as well as community members throughout the Metro Chicago area. She loves to travel and all kinds of art, such as, but not limited to: cooking, painting, music, and dance.
Rémy Robin grew up in Seattle, Washington and was apart of Temple beth-am until two years ago when he moved to Chicago. Currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a bachelor of fine arts, Rémy has put his main focus into digital photography and neon sign making. At the beginning of his sophomore year, he was asked to replace the former Hillel leader at his school who had recently graduated. Along with his friend and colleague, Tal Ben-Avraham they have been recreating the program for Jews to congregate and celebrate their culture and religion.
Tal Ben-Avraham currently attends The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is from New Jersey. Her parents were born and raised in Israel. She majors in painting with a minor in art history. While her practice is rooted in painting, she is also interested in exploring how other mediums interact with each other. Other interests of hers include political issues and the concept of how opinions are formed and information is presented. She has been involved in Hillel for two years and encourages further collaboration between Hillel and other student groups to bring people together and share Jewish culture.
Haley Dennis is a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago where she is majoring in Dance. She is eager to be on Columbia Hillel board and to add to her involvement within the Jewish community. After being heavily involved within the North American Reform Jewish Youth Movement (NFTY & the URJ communities) she looks forward to expanding her experiences within Chicago. Haley has a passion for Israel, prayer, and spiritual engagement. She continues to fuse her passions for dance and Judaism by choreographing about Israeli and Middle Eastern advocacy through an artistic lens.
Abby Bohnson is a Senior at DePaul University studying Elementary Education. She hopes to teach 1st or 2nd grade. Abby is from Lincoln Park. She is the president of Hillel this year. Abby loves to travel and explore when she can. She loves music and always has it playing. She also loves photography and loves just going out in the city and taking photos when she can. She enjoys working with others and is so excited to see what this year at Hillel brings!
Alec Rosenheck is a Junior at DePaul University studying Communications and media and minoring in Sound Design and Creative Writing. He is from Evanston Illinois and is serving as a Co-Chair for the Social/Culture Committee focusing on Music for Hillel at DePaul. He is very excited to spread his passion and influence throughout the Hillel community at DePaul. He enjoys making music, playing guitar, and jamming with others. He is very passionate about music and is fascinated by the process of human creativity and collaboration. We are what we make.
Sara is from Erie, PA and is senior at DePaul University, majoring in Organizational Communications. As a previous Arts and Crafts camp counselor, she loves working with children and hopes to work for a nonprofit with kids in the future. When she's not helping plan or attending a Hillel event, Sara loves to spend time with her family and explore the city. She is so excited to be back on Hillel's board for her final year at DePaul!
Nina Goodhue is currently a sophomore at DePaul University but home is a close 900 miles away in Vermont. While at DePaul she studies marketing and management. She does the social media and community outreach for DePaul Hillel. Nina has spent the last seven summers at 6 Points Sports Academy: A URJ Camp.
Benji Shefler is a Junior at DePaul University studying Communication and Media. He lives on the boarder of Skokie and Evanston. He is a drummer and music lover. When he is not making music, he enjoys reading books by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Benji is excited to see what this year being on Hillel board brings! He can't wait to meet all of you.
Lea Hawkins is a junior accounting major at Loyola University Chicago, but she is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently the President of Hillel and has been She loves going to see live music, hiking, reading, and hanging out in Hillel! She got involved with Hillel at Loyola during her sophomore year and instantly fell in love with the open and vibrant community. When not in Hillel or class, Lea can be found napping or looking at pictures of her favorite animal – the sea otter.
Tanya Bradley is a junior studying Biology and psychology in the hopes of going to PA school after graduation. She is excited to be Hillel at Loyola's new Vice President where she hopes to grow her knowledge of Judaism while sharing her love for Hillel with her peers. She is also a member of the Interfaith Advocate group at Loyola where she works with students who have a diverse set of beliefs from a wide variety of religions to promote peace and acceptance throughout campus. Besides Hillel, Tanya is a dermatology, Hello Kitty, and nacho aficionado and can often be found watching makeup tutorials and wedding videos in the Hillel space.
Lauren Eskoz is a junior at Loyola University, majoring in Biology. She became very active in Hillel as soon as she stepped foot on campus, and could not be more thrilled to be the Secretary of Hillel. For the last two years, Lauren was a member of the volunteer committee, as well as an Engagement Intern her sophomore year, where she loved having the opportunity to help more Jewish students become involved with Hillel on campus. Lauren is looking forward to another exciting year at Hillel!
Allan Sorsby is a junior at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Sports Management. After serving on the social committee the past two years, he will be taking the position of Treasurer for the upcoming in year at Loyola’s Hillel. Allan is from Mexico City. Some of his favorite activities include playing sports, watching movies, and petting dogs. At Loyola, Allan is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega and is secretary and PR chair of Alpha Epsilon Pi.
South of the Loop
Lily Kleinman is a rising Junior at UIC studying Communications with a minor in sociology. She is thrilled to be the next president of UIC Hillel. Lily previously held the position of Vice President in 2015-16 and participated in Hillel Leadership Fellowship in 2014-15. In the summer of 2016, Lily participated in the Lewis Summer Internship Program; an eight-week program which works on professional development, leadership development, and seminars on Jewish enrichment. Through this experience, Lily hopes that as President of Hillel, she will be able to act as a leader for new students along with participating students of Hillel.
Joe Sepiashvili is extremely happy to be on the Hillel board as, Vice-President, this semester. He currently attends UIC as a Senior, majoring in Business Management and is getting an Entrepreneurship Certificate. Joe is a native of Chicago, but is Israeli, Georgian and Russian too. He absolutely loves Israel, Jewish life and meeting new people. Joe's lived in Israel for 2 years and served in the IDF, as a combat soldier in the Search and Rescue Unit. Being very multicultural, he is fluent in Hebrew, knows Russian, Spanglish and a little Georgian. During his free time, he likes watching the NBA, playing basketball, watching movies, learning Torah and spending time with family and friends.
Iris Schwartz, a new board member for the 2016-2017 school year, is a junior at UIC majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. She is part of UIC's GPPA Medicine program and hopes to do a combination of clinical work, research and university teaching in the future. After having participated in her first Jewish conferences this summer, the AJC Global Forum and the Sinai Scholars Retreat, Iris is super inspired to help lead Metro Chicago Hillel with her peers. Besides doing research, Iris loves having intense conversations over coffee, talking longs walks at the Chicago Botanic Garden and singing to electronic music.
Joseph Prager is a junior at Illinois Institute of Technology, studying mechanical engineering with a minor in psychology. Joseph grew up in Las Vegas Nevada, where he received his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom and founded a Jewish Student Union at his high school. Joseph was treasurer at Illinois Tech Hillel this previous spring semester, and is excited to serve as president this coming semester.
BrookeLynne Garbaty Smith is studying Early Childhood Education at Northeastern Illinois University. She spent the 2015-2016 year in The Holy Land soaking up the best place on earth. BrookeLynne is excited with the opportunity to be the President of the Hillel and help Jewish life continue to grow and thrive on campus. She also teaches in the JCC preschool where she does something similar, just with smaller people.
Niah Anson, originally from Las Vegas, NV, is a Junior at Lake Forest College studying International Relations and Social Justice and is the President of the Lake Forest College Hillel. Niah is thrilled to be a part of the effort to grow and foster the LFC Hillel and become an active part of Metro Chicago Hillel! When she’s not in class or planning Hillel events, Niah has interned at the Consulate of Israel to the Midwest and will be beginning an internship at the World Jewish Congress’ Representation to the United Nations in Geneva in the Fall!
Eileen Ehrlich is studying Marketing Communications at Oakton Community College where she is serving as Hillel's co-president. She has a bachelors in journalism from Illinois and is furthering her education while pursuing a media intensive career. Her hobbies include movie night and adventures with friends