The Open Hillel Steering Committee consists of student and young alumni leaders elected every semester. Learn more about the Fall 2017 Steering Committee below!
Jonathan Taubes is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in Sociology. He grew up in modern orthodox communities in Bergen County, NJ, where he attended yeshiva day schools until college. At Binghamton he has been involved with progressive politics, helping to lead the pro-Bernie Sanders effort on campus & co-founding the Binghamton College Progressives. Jonathan comes from a family of Rabbis, Jewish educators, and activists of varying political backgrounds. Through Open Hillel, he hopes to foster more vibrant and pluralistic Jewish communities at Binghamton and around the country.
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.
Yosef Kessler is a Junior at Macaulay Honors at Hunter College studying Political Science and Public Policy. He grew up in an orthodox synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and participated in the Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel. At Hunter, he serves as the Co-founder and President of Visions for Israel in an Evolving World, a pluralistic Israel group, and is a Hunter Hillel community engagement intern. In his spare time, Yosef likes to ride his bicycle, play strategic board games, and listen to podcasts.
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.
Hadas grew up in Israel and spent her secondary-school years in Sunnyvale, California, where she was a participant and councilor in the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim.) She received her B.A. in History from Oberlin College, Ohio, where she studied modern Jewish history and literature, and co-founded Oberlin's JStreetU chapter. She is committed to enhancing Jewish learning in the US, and has worked as Coordinator of Student Learning at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio, and as a Hebrew language instructor in the Cleveland community. This is her second year with Open Hillel, and she is excited to bring the rigor and curiosity she experiences in Jewish Studies to students' communal Jewish spaces.
She is currently a Masters student at the Faculty of Information in the University of Toronto, specializing in archives and records management and museum studies.