The Open Hillel Steering Committee consists of student and young alumni leaders elected every semester. Learn more about the Fall 2017 Steering Committee below!
Eva is a senior at Bryn Mawr double-majoring in History and Spanish. She is both a supervisor at her school's cafe and a lead tutor in an after-school bilingual mentoring program. Eva grew up in a vibrant Jewish community, and was an active member in her Temple youth group. She is excited to serve on the Open Hillel steering committee and promote Hillels that are inclusive for all Jews on college campuses.
Sydney is a sophomore at Pace University’s Manhattan Campus double majoring in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. Throughout her childhood she attended a Conservative synagogue but was exposed to different denominations during her summers at Camp Laurelwood in Connecticut. Sydney brings her jewish experiences into her classes and activism. She hopes to advocate for Hillels that welcome all Jewish students.
Liana is a junior English major and philosophy/Spanish double minor at Bryn Mawr College. She was raised in an interfaith family in Berkeley California, and found her Jewish 'people' through the youth group Jewish Youth for Community Action. She feels extremely lucky to have been raised in an environment of progressive Jewish activists and rabbis. Judaism and social justice are deeply intertwined for her, and she is excited to continue her advocacy work as a member of the Open Hillel steering committee. In her spare time, Liana enjoys writing poetry, riding her bike, and cooking delicious food.
Katya Olson Shipyatsky
Katya is a junior at Bryn Mawr College majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. At Bryn Mawr, she works at the college writing center, tutors calculus, and plays club ice hockey. Katya grew up attempting to understand her family's Holocaust history and now concentrates her academic work in the study of genocide. She is excited to be on steering committee and promote inclusivity in Jewish spaces on college campuses.