The Open Hillel Steering Committee consists of student and young alumni leaders elected every semester. Learn more about the Spring/Summer 2019 Steering Committee below!
Rachel Silverman is a senior religion and sociology major at Bryn Mawr College, where she is also president of her campus Hillel and co-founder of their IfNotNow chapter. Rachel is passionate about faith-based organizing, ritual innovation, and making Jewish spaces accessible. She is excited to use her campus experiences to work with students at other small liberal arts colleges. Rachel plans on attending rabbinic school.
Hal is a student at Brown University studying Computer Science and History. Hal is passionate about all sorts of political organizing, particularly among the independent Jewish community at Brown. As part of that effort, he has been involved in the development and growth of the independent group Friday Night Jews and the Judaism On Our Own Terms network more largely. When he is not doing schoolwork or organizing, he loves to run, play music, go to concerts, and read with his cat Eubie sitting on his chest.
Katy Thomason is a first year at Scripps College. She grew up in Berkeley where she got my first taste of grassroots Jewish activism and community involvement. She is passionate about bringing inclusive and radical Jewish spaces to college campuses and connecting Jewish practices with nature. She loves to spend time with friends, be outside, cook, and play music.
Josh transferred to the University of Minnesota after two disillusioning first years of college in Haifa, and now spends much of their time organizing in Jewish and non-Jewish spaces as a resource on the occupation, and in the footsteps of wider initiatives in the Twin Cities around racial justice (disarming the police and imagining a future without them) and Indigenous rights (stopping big oil pipelines like Enbridge’s Line 3). Outside of organizing, they like playing intramural hockey, euchre, canasta, and Mah Jongg with family, and trying to learn bridge.
Avital is a Gender Studies major with an Education minor at Barnard College who loves cooking and eating Shabbat meals with friends, thrifting and learning about radical Jewish education! Avital is interested in finding ways to democratize and expand Jewish learning as part of the "JOOOT" initiative