The Open Hillel Steering Committee consists of student and young alumni leaders elected every semester. Learn more about the Fall 2017 Steering Committee below!
Tal (he/him/his) is a third year at UC San Diego studying sociology. Growing up in a Jewish household, he has always thrived on intense debate and discussion at the dinner table, which is what brought him to Open Hillel. Today, he is excited about building independent Jewish communities, particularly in his home state of California. In his free time, Tal enjoys reading history, getting lost in Wiki-holes, and cooking.
Sydney is a Junior 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. Sydney brings her Jewish experiences into her classes and activism. She hopes to advocate for change in the Jewish community in order to foster vibrant and democratic communities.
August Kahn is a third year at Pitzer College studying Religious Studies and Women, Gender, & Sexuality studies. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, he helped found and currently co-runs Nishmat at the Claremont Colleges, an independent, alternative Jewish spiritual collective on campus. August has been a member of Open Hillel for three years. In addition to Open Hillel, August has been an active participant in IfNotNow and currently works with the NewGround Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change.
Katya Olson Shipyatsky
Katya is a senior at Bryn Mawr College majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and focuses in the study of genocide. She has been on Open Hillel Steering Committee since February of 2018 and works with Open Hillel's Academic and Rabbinic Councils. At Bryn Mawr, she works at the college writing center, tutors calculus, and plays club ice hockey. She is excited to be on steering committee and promote inclusivity in Jewish spaces on college campuses.