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Avital Sutin

Hillel gives me a sense of purpose at school.  It has given me friends, opportunities, and a strong community that makes UConn feel more like home.  I have been able to stay connected to my culture while being involved on campus!  I am honored to be able to serve Hillel as president to create and embrace a community for all Jewish students at UConn.

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Jess Baden

Starting college can be an extremely challenging and scary process. That being said, UConn Hillel was able to provide me with a supportive community during those stressful times. Hillel has been that piece of Jewish community that I was so used to at home and craved when I first came to college. Hillel is the place I go to when I'm happy, stressed, or sad because I know there will always be loving people around to spend time with."

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Yaniv Bowman

UConn Hillel has meant a lot to me because it is where I go between classes and to do homework instead of going back to my dorm. I love Hillel because the people there are amazing and very friendly and I always feel welcomed. UConn Hillel has many fun events where I am always meeting new people and making friends.  

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Joseph Drossman


Hillel is so important to me because it has enabled me to connect to Judaism at UConn, make new friends, and grow as a leader. I am so glad for all of my experiences here. I am so excited to be a part of the board and Programming Vice President.

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Yana Tartakovskiy

Hillel is my home away from home and I am so excited to be the VP of Marketing! All throughout high school, I was part of Jewish Cultural Club and learned so much about embracing my Jewish culture, which is what Hillel is all about. I am so excited to meet new students and make them feel as welcome as Hillel made me feel when I first got to UConn!

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Jessica Nirschel


Hillel is my home away from home, the reason I could adjust to college so well, and a part of my heart that makes UConn feel a whole lot smaller.

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Eleanor Gelb


I’m so excited to serve as Hillel’s VP of External Relations! For two years in high school, I was involved in JTE at the JCC of Greater New Haven, a program for Jewish teens to explore their Judaism. I joined Hillel when I came to UConn to continue my Jewish involvement at college. I'm looking forward to building connections with other campus organizations and getting more involved with Jewish life at UConn.

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Jacob Levy

Hillel means a community of Jewish students of all backgrounds, who have a safe and welcoming space to celebrate their differences. It allowed me to make connections on campus with people I may not have otherwise.

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Guido Secchiaroli


Since coming to UConn, Hillel has been a big part of my undergraduate journey. From a place I've made life long friends to a place to study and hang out, Hillel has provided me with so much during my time at UConn. As VP FYSH, I hope to help other students have the same experiences with Hillel as I’ve had.


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Stephanie Ballas


I love Hillel because it has brought me to so many nice and amazing people that helped me adjust to UConn and really get the most out of my experience so far! And now it has given me the ability to hold a leadership position and become more involved not only in Hillel but around campus too!


Rachel Laemle


Hillel is a home away from home. Knowing that hillel is a safe community with so many friendly faces makes me even happier to be at UConn. Hillel is always holding events, which are both fun and a great way to meet new people. When missing home, wanting a hug, great food not from a dining hall, or just a chill place to hang out, Hillel has it all. Coming into college as a Freshman during the pandemic school year, having Hillel as a place to go and find smiles on everyone’s face helped make my transition to UConn so much easier.

I am very excited to have my intern position. I can’t wait to meet people and become friends with new faces. Going on coffee dates and chatting with peers is a great way to bond and build tighter relationships. I am also looking forward to contributing to the Hillel community by initiating an activity for new students.

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Zoe Butchen