Shabbat Dinner and Services!
Conservative (One World Cafe) and Reform (Founder's Room) services @ 5:30pm.
All locations are found in Anabel Taylor Hall.
Shabbat dinner at 104 West to follow beginning at 6:30pm.
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Cornell Hillel has a talented team of professionals who work to impact the lives of Jewish students, alumni, parents, and the University. Our team of ten is based out of Anabel Taylor Hall, and always around campus. Libe Cafe is one of our favorite spots! Stop by to say hi or reach out via phone or e-mail. Our contact info and biographies are below.
Hal Ossman earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona ‘98 and a Master’s of Management from the Heller School for Social Policy ‘01 and a Master’s of Jewish Communal Service at the Hornstein School of Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University ‘01. He returned to the University of Arizona in 2001 to serve as Hillel Assistant Director for three years. After serving as Young Leadership Division Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, he became the Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin Hillel Foundation from 2005 to 2007.
Executive Director of the University of Delaware Hillel Foundation from 2007 to 2011, Ossman helped Hillel keep pace with the university’s growing Jewish student population, strengthening its student program, budget, professional staff and governance. He grew Hillel’s annual budget by 65 percent, and expanded the professional staff from three to six. Delaware Hillel was one of only ten Hillels to be awarded a four‐year grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation for Hillel’s Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Entrepreneur Initiatives.
Hal Ossman started as the Executive Director of Cornell Hillel in 2011. He lives in Ithaca with his wife Rachel and two daughters. The family are members of Temple Beth El synagogue in Ithaca.
Rabbi Jeremy Fierstien, Assistant Director, Religious Life & Education (607) 255-6159 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy grew up in Bradley Beach, NJ and spent his early years exploring the beaches of the Jersey Shore. He received a BS in Family Studies from the University of Maryland and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew College in Newton, MA. Before joining the Cornell Hillel team he worked as the Director of Secondary Education and Youth Engagement at a synagogue in Gaithersburg, MD. Jeremy enjoys exploring the outdoors, surfing, fishing, cooking, and many other activities. Please feel free come by the Hillel offices in Anabel Taylor Hall, stop him on the street, or give a call to introduce yourself and grab a cup of coffee. Jeremy lives in Ithaca with his wife, son, and puppy.
Rabbi Scott Fox, Reform Campus Rabbi (607) 255-9721 email@example.com
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Rabbi Scott Fox attended the San Diego Jewish Academy through High School. For college, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he worked for the Jewish Studies Program and taught as a Teaching Assistant for Jewish Studies in Modern Literature. While at the University of California, Rabbi Fox co-founded the Student Coalition for Unity, a dialog group for Muslims and Jews. Rabbi Fox graduated highest honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Modern Jewish Fiction, as well as receiving an award for a paper given on Jewish diversity and identity.
Rabbi Fox continued on to the rabbinical program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion along with scholarship for his studies from the Haas/Koshland Memorial Award of the San Francisco Jewish Federation, the Rubenstein Family Scholarship, the Rose Biller Scholarship and was elected as the San Diego County Jewish Student Scholar. He received his Master’s Degree in Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He wrote his thesis on the effect the 2008 Great Recession had on American Jews in their 20s and 30s.
Rabbi Fox has served as the Pastoral Care Rabbinic Intern for DOROT USA, serving as the sole rabbinic presence for their thousands of Manhattan seniors. In 2012, Rabbi Fox created and directed Camp Tikvah, a social action oriented day camp for Jewish Middle School students. Rabbi Fox has also served as a chaplain intern at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, and as Rabbinic Intern at Temple Sinai in Atlanta, Georgia, Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, Ohio and at Kolot Chayeinu in Brooklyn, New York.
This year Rabbi Fox joins the team at Cornell University Hillel as the Reform Campus Rabbi. Rabbi Fox has a passion for learning, a commitment to the environment and great love of literature. Rabbi Fox also enjoys playing guitar, Mexican food, going to concerts, and spending time with Dori, his partner of 7 years.
Nomi Mitchell, Engagement Associate (607) 255-0164 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomi grew up in Providence, RI and attended Maimonides School in Brookline, MA. After high school, Nomi spent her gap year in Israel on Young Judaea Year Course, where she volunteered, taught English to Israeli high school students, and took Jewish Studies courses that were accredited through the American Jewish University. Nomi enlisted into the Israeli Defense Forces, serving two years as a combat soldier in Israel’s Home Front Command. Nomi returned to the US to begin her undergraduate degree and graduated with a BA in Religion and Jewish Studies from Northeastern University in Boston. Nomi is a seasoned traveler having visited a number of countries and continents. She also enjoys sports especially softball, loves country music, and looks forward to new adventures in Ithaca.
Gil Naor is in his second year as the Jewish Agency Israel fellow to Hillel at Cornell University. Prior to coming on Shlichut, Gil served as an officer in the Israeli navy and graduated with honors in the Naval Officer Unit. Gil also served as a counselor in the “Israel Identity” program as well as a pre-army mental preparation program for 12th graders in the formal education system in Israel.
Gil grew up in Herzilya and at a young age he had established a special group for American students in the Israel Scouts. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has a BA in Political science and Education. He was previously on shlichut in North America when he served as a Counselor at the JCC Maccabi camp in Maine.
Gil is stoked about bringing Israel to the Cornell campus and to strengthening the ties between Israel and the Diaspora by fostering Jewish identity among students and exposing them to Israeli society, culture and the unique Israeli experience. He enjoys hiking in nature and outdoor sports as much as indoor, including running, biking and most of all wave surfing at the beautiful beach of his hometown. He likes to balance out the day with a good book or some poetry.
Michal arrived in Ithaca in August of 2010 after having worked in Israel as a marketing assistant, global corporate services coordinator, and more. She was a student at Tel Aviv University and earned an MBA after a BS and MS in Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Science where she supervised a unique atmospheric experiment. At Cornell Hillel she is our office coordinator and at the hub of making Jewish life accessible for all. She is also very involved with the Israeli Student Association, one of our grads’ group, organizing gathering to other Israeli grad students in Ithaca. You can find her in Hillel’s main office, Anabel Aaylor Hall G34.
Joining Michal in Ithaca is her husband Eyal, earning a PhD in Computational Biology and Medicine, and their young son Oren.
Rachel began her Hillel career in 2002. She has worked at the Johns Hopkins University Hillel, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and the University of Delaware. She received her Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and her BA from Rutgers University. Outside of work she can often be found running as the sunrises, crocheting & knitting, or catching up on the many hours of "junk" TV waiting on the DVR. Rachel lives in Ithaca with her husband and her two daughters.
Tslil has spent the past ten years working in the Jewish community. He recently graduated from Brandeis’ dual MBA/MA program in Non-Profit Management and Jewish Professional Leadership. Before moving to Boston, Tslil served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Programming at Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver's largest Conservative synagogue. Additionally, Tslil spent two years working at Indiana University Hillel as their Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow where he focused his efforts on over 3,000 uninvolved Jewish students. Tslil is an avid traveler and has spent time all over Asia and the Middle East. He is excited to be a part of the Cornell Hillel Family and to begin growing his Jewish roots in Ithaca.
Rav Ami was born and raised in New York City but coming to Ithaca marked a return to the Empire State after a long hiatus. He earned a B.A. in Jewish Thought and World Religions from McGill University, spending his last three semesters studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ami continued living in the Jerusalem area for a number of years during which he studied in yeshiva, met his wife Eliana, and worked in a variety of capacities. Ami received semicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Sulam Yaakov in Jerusalem, and also studied at Yeshivat Bat Ayin and Yeshivat Maale Gilboa. His previous work experience includes mentoring and teaching newcomers to Judaism at Ashrei, Sulam Yaakov's beginners' program; working as a translator on the new English language talmud from the Steinzalts Center/Koren Publishers; and some time working in the great outdoors as a Jewish outdoor educator in Israel and as a tree-planter in the Canadian hinterlands. Ami has also trained in a variety of counseling programs in Israel.
Ami is passionate about helping people discover their own personal connection to Torah and Judaism, and enhancing that connection through meaningful and fun experiences. He also loves hiking, basketball, and playing guitar. So if you want to learn together, have a home-cooked Shabbat/holiday meal, or if you're just looking for a good shmooze (tea/coffee on the house!), game of basketball or jam session, get in touch.
Rav Ami and Eliana Silver co-direct the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. JLIC is an OU program that partners with Hillel on campuses nationwide. Learn more here.
Eliana is the JLIC co-educator on campus. She grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, leaving early to attend college where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology. In 2004, Eliana made aliyah and immersed herself in intensive yeshiva studies in the heart of Jerusalem for five years. During that time Eliana taught Torah, ran a healthy catering company, and worked as an editor and translator for the Steinsaltz Center. She played an integral role in founding and running the Ve’ani Tefilah minyan, studied counseling at the Jerusalem Polarity School, and trained as a group facilitator for Jewish women’s groups.
Eliana loves cooking, especially large nourishing meals in the grand tradition of her Jewish foremothers—her grandmother authored many wholesome kosher cookbooks. She loves great coffee shops, reading the New Yorker and all good writing, hiking, and dancing (her guilty pleasure is “So You Think Can Dance”). As a Torah educator, Eliana’s passion is developing personal relationships that foster the individual’s discovery of a meaningful Jewish experience. Eliana can be found around campus wearing the newest (and cutest) addition to the Silver family, Noveya Tzion. Find out more about Eliana and the Jewish Learning Initiativee.