OUR STUDENT LEADERS

STUDENT BOARD
 

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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

VP OF PROGRAMMING
joseph.drossman@uconn.edu

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

VP OF JEWISH LIFE
jessica.nirschel@uconn.edu

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

VP OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS
eleanor.gelb@uconn.edu

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

VP OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS OF HILLEL (FYSH)
guido.secchiaroli@uconn.edu

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.

INTERNS

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Ross Bernstein

ENGAGEMENT INTERN
ross.bernstein@uconn.edu

I decided to join be an intern for Hillel so I can continue my involvement even after my time on the board. I want to help continually grow Hillel by welcoming anyone on campus to our community.

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Rachel Laemle

ENGAGEMENT INTERN
rachel.laemle@uconn.edu

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

ENGAGEMENT INTERN
zoe.butchen@uconn.edu

Dayna Hausspiegel 

Newsletter and BICEP Intern
dayna.hausspiegel@uconn.edu

Oliver Felicione

BICEP Intern
rachel.laemle@uconn.edu

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.