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UNC Chapel Hill student board 2015

Student Leadership Team

UNC Hillel's Student Board are the leaders of the Jewish community on campus. Board members work together to plan a wide variety of programs that serve highly diverse student needs and interests. If you are interested in joining a the Leadership Team, email Lauren Fine or visit for more info.

Programming President: Noaam Zahavi
Engagement President: Alix Kozin

Vice President of Communications: Maya Vexler

Challah for Hunger: Jessie Winfree
Bakes and sells challah to raise money and awareness for social justice. At UNC, we donate 100% of our proceeds to our causes. 

First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) Co-Chairs: Philip Shechtman and David Fine
Creates programs specifically for first-year students at Carolina to network and bond. Recent programs have included the FYSH Retreat, dinners at local restaurants, movie nights and Shabbat dinner.

Holocaust Education Chair: Liron Benjamin
Educates students at Carolina about the Holocaust. The annual Reading of the Names program takes place in conjunction with Yom Hashoah. Students, faculty and staff are invited to come together over the course of 24 hours to participate in a continuous reading of names of victims of the Holocaust so that they will never be forgotten.

Interfaith Chair: Emily Adcock
Partners with other religious groups at UNC Chapel Hill to create programs that generate understanding between members of different communities. Notable annual events include Interfaith Shabbat and Interfaith Arts Festival.

Israel Chair: Dan Barondes
Plans events to teach the community about Israel and creates a space for open discussion of Israeli culturally and politically. Each Spring the Israel Committee plans Israelfest, an opportunity for the entire campus community to learn about and celebrate.

Religious Chair: 
Katy Smith
Creates meaningful programming around Jewish holidays for students to learn about traditions and experience them for themselves.

Tzedek (Social Justice) Chair: Leah Simon
Gives students the opportunity to volunteer at various projects in and around Chapel Hill and participate in a biweekly Tzedek Discussion and Learning Group. Previous projects have included volunteering at UNC Hospital, working with Rebuilding Together, and partnering with local synagogues to work with Sunday School students. 


Shabbat Intern: Lauren Gaeta
Builds a lively atmosphere for students to celebrate and enjoy Shabbat together each week. See Shabbat for more information about our programs or to RSVP for weekly Shabbat services and meals.

Faculty/Staff Intern: Maya Weinberg
Coordinates programming for Jewish UNC faculty and staff, giving students an opportunity to engage in non-formal education from Jewish professors and receive mentorship from Jewish staff. 

Graduate Student Intern: Hiring
Works with staff to plan and implement programming specifically geared toward Jewish graduate students. 

Professional Staff

Ari Gauss
Executive Director

Michelle Brownstein Horowitz

Associate Director, UNC Chapel Hill

Ran Laviv
Israel Fellow

Lauren Fine
Student Leadership Coordinator

Rabbi Melissa Simon
Senior Jewish Educator

Daisy Burns
Operations Manager

North Carolina Hillel Foundation
210 West Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 942-4057

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