We are excited to welcome two new staff members to the North Carolina Hillel team!
Noa Zano is very excited to join NC Hillel as the new Israel Fellow. Noa was born and raised in the Golan Heights, in the far north of Israel. She holds a B.Ed. in Special Education and Literature and has worked for many years in the field of education, initially as a counselor in a youth movement. Noa just finished her first year as a high school literature teacher, also teaching children with special needs. She deliberately chose to teach in a high school with a population from a low socioeconomic status.
Noa has also volunteered for an aid organization that assists African refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, one of the most challenging experiences she has ever had. Previously, she served in the IDF as an Infantry Battalion Administrator and HR Manager; she was the only woman in a company with 100 combat soldiers.
Noa looks forward to starting her shlichut, teaching students about diverse aspects of Israel, sharing her love for Israeli and Jewish culture, meeting new people, hearing different opinions, and becoming familiar with other traditions.
Dana Needham is thrilled to join NC Hillel as the new Springboard Fellow, serving both NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. Dana grew up in Newport News, Virginia, but she has called Raleigh home since 2016. She attended the University of Virginia, where she majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minored in Middle Eastern Studies.
All throughout high school Dana taught Hebrew School and worked at her local JCC, and she continued those passions throughout college. Dana was a member of the Jewish Education Initiative at UVA for three years, and in her senior year she became President and sat on the Jewish Leadership Council. She is so excited to continue her work at NC Hillel, including Jewish education, programming, and engagement. In her free time Dana loves to read, travel, swim, and pet as many dogs as possible!