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Megan Goldman/ Columbia
Rabbi Megan Goldman was ordained in May 2014 at the Jewish Theological Seminary where she also received an MA in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Megan grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 2006. Upon graduating, Rabbi Megan worked at the Hillel at Yale University for two years where she realized that she wanted to pursue a career as a campus rabbi. Thankfully that is exactly what she is currently doing at Columbia/Barnard Hillel where she works as the Senior Jewish Educator! Megan has taken over twenty trips to Israel, ranging from five days to nine months, including staffing eight Birthright trips. She participated in the inaugural NYC facilitator cohort of Resetting the Table in 2013. Megan is also an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.
Avidan Halivni/ Columbia
Avidan Halivni is currently a freshman at Columbia University, originally from Deerfield, Illinois. Avidan attended Solomon Schechter, Chicagoland Jewish High School, and spent nine summers at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. He spent a year in Israel at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa.
Shachar Cohen-Hodos/ Columbia
Shachar Cohen-Hodos is a first year at List College, a program of the Jewish Theological Seminary with Columbia University. She is passionate about social justice, currently working to get the Jewish Theological Seminary to divest from the fossil fuel industry. She is also an active member in the J Street U chapter on her campus. Shachar’s interest in politics within a Jewish framework is reflected in her pursuit of a dual degree in Political Science and Jewish Studies.
Solomon Wiener/ Columbia
Solomon Wiener grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and attended local Modern Orthodox day schools from pre-K through twelfth grade. He spent his teen summers as a participant on programs such as Genesis at Brandeis and the Szarvas Fellowships, and as a volunteer at Project Harmony Israel, a day camp based in Jerusalem for Arab and Jewish children. After graduating from the Frisch School, Solomon spent a year studying at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa in Israel, with a heavy concentration on Talmud, Bible, and philosophy. He is currently in his first year at Columbia University, where he plans on studying Philosophy and German.
Amy Posner/ College of Staten Island
Amy Posner serves as the Executive Director of Hillel at the College of Staten Island. She has been building community through youth-serving organizations for more than 25 years, working for such organizations as United Synagogue Youth, Young Judaea, and The Girl Scout Council of Central New York. Amy also directed the Jewish Multiracial Network, and has a special interest in building bridges of understanding among people of different backgrounds. She served as Director of Camp Edward Isaacs for several years and was a Lechu Lakhem senior fellow of the Mandel Center for Jewish Education prior to coming to Hillel at CSI in May 2008. Amy also serves as adjunct faculty in the College of Staten Island’s School of Continuing Education and enjoys teaching Jewish history and literature in that capacity. Amy is married to David Posner and spent the first two years of married life living in Israel on Kibbutz Ketura and in Jerusalem. They have three grown children: Mara who is married to Adam Weinstein; Shai who is married to Miriam Nachum; and Eliana. They also have a wonderful baby grandson, Ari Weinstein. She holds a BS in Recreation from the University of Maryland, a Certificate in Not-For-Profit Management from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Aderet Averick/ College of Staten Island
Aderet Averick is a senior at the College of Staten Island CUNY, with a duel major studying Biology and History. She became involved with Hillel during her freshman year. She is a strong supporter of Israel and hopes to ease the tension on her campus around the subject.
Debra Fricano/ Hunter College
Debra Fricano is the Director of Programming and Engagement of Hunter College Hillel as of August 2015. Her expertise is in experiential pluralistic Jewish education and relationship based community organizing, and hobbies include dancing, writing song parodies, and playing improvisational games. Originally from Queens, she was in the first graduating class of the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University with focuses in Women’s/Gender Studies, Education Studies, and Peace/Coexistence Studies, and her Masters in Experiential Jewish Education from the William M. Davidson School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Ariel Glueck/Hunter College
Ariel Glueck is a sophomore at Hunter College studying Political Science, English, and Educational Policy. After high school, Ariel participated in Kivunim: New Directions, an Israel gap year focused on international Jewish experience and mutual understanding and respect. Kivunim students learned Hebrew and Arabic in order to materialize the theory that communication leads to understanding leads to peace. This is a value that Ariel carries to the rest of her life, including her personal and political views. Her prospective career in educational policy and reform is rooted in her desire to educate the next generation in the value of communication. In her free time, Ariel writes and reads poetry and wanders around NYC’s museums.
Tamar Cohen/ Hunter College
Tamar Cohen is a Pre-Health student at Hunter College in her second year. Tamar is passionate about the State of Israel: what it stands for and how it is her homeland and the homeland for the Jewish people. It is very important to Tamar to speak up and fend for understanding of Israel and its policies. Tamar was involved in Jewish camps throughout her youth, went to Jewish day school and high school, did a gap year in Israel, and plans to hopefully live in Israel one day. She has been involved in many programs in support of Israel, including student groups for AIPAC, as a student leader for the Hunter Students for Israel group on campus, and as a participant in an Israel advocacy training year-long course with Jerusalem U. Through this program, Tamar would like to learn more about how to use communication skills and relationship-building in order to advocate for what Israel stands for in the best possible way.
Mordechai Czarka/ NYU
As one of the newest staff members at New York University’s Bronfman Center, Mordechai recently joined the Global Leadership Initiatives Team where he will be coordinating and overseeing CLIP: Onward Israel and liaising extensively with Israel-related clubs on campus. Mordechai is a graduate of Yeshiva University, where he studied Sociology and was involved extensively in bettering life for students on campus. He participated in the tenth cohort of the prestigious Presidential Fellowship in University and Community Leadership at Yeshiva University, through which he worked under the tutelage of the Deans of the business school. Mordechai also worked in the world of educational technology start-ups where he focused on bringing project management to a non-profit setting. When not at work, Mordechai enjoys writing his personal interest blog on credit card miles and points and flying in his Millennium Falcon to the next destination on his bucket list.
Leora Ellison is a third year student at NYU. She has a double major in Applied Psychology and Hebrew and Judaic studies with a minor in Anthropology. From a young age, Leora became very passionate about Israel both because of her family there and because of her strong Jewish identity. Her love for Israel has been featured in pieces of her artwork. She spent seven months living in Israel this past year, where she performed community service for special needs children and Alzheimer’s patients through Onward Israel in the Jerusalem suburb of Kiryat HaYovel and participated in the study abroad program in Tel Aviv through NYU. She also interned at NATAL: Israel’s leading trauma center for those suffering from war and terror and volunteered at a youth movement serving migrant worker’s children by teaching them both math and English. Although Leora is no longer in Israel, her journey with this land will continue and she looks forward to bringing discussions about Israel to NYU through Resetting the Table.
Jenna Citron/ Queens College
Originally from New Jersey, Jenna has lived all over the US from south to north Florida, Texas, Georgia and now New York. Jenna graduated in 2008 from The Florida State University (go noles!) with a BS in Political Science. Jenna also holds a Master of Public Administration and Policy from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at The Florida State University. After two years as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Hillel at Florida State, in 2012 Jenna traveled back up north to NYC to serve as the Director of Jewish Student Life at Queens College Hillel. Jenna loves Florida State football, mastering the art of cooking, Walt Disney World, and her two cats Albus and Snape.
Taylor Kornstein/ Queens College
Taylor Kornstein is a sophomore at Queens College. She is majoring in Psychology as well as Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She first got involved in Jewish life on campus after going on Birthright with Queens Hillel. She enjoys spending time with her Hillel director and started to get more involved. Taylor participated in the Jewish Learning Fellowship at Queens, and now is excited to partner up with Resetting the Table!