Cornell Hillel is sending 80 students to Israel this summer on our Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. On Wednesday, May 21st, 40 of our students departed from JFK airport to be a part of what is sure to be an experience of a life time.
Follow our Cornell Summer Taglit-Birthright Israel trip blog for updates from the Holy Land!
Jewish students and parents of the class of 2018 are invited to join us for an introduction to Life on ...
Cornell Hillel will host three events
during Cornell orientation:
Freshmen Fest - Incoming freshmen spend
the day bonding with their fellow incoming ...
Join hundreds of incoming freshmen to indulge in Central New York's finest BBQ cooking, learn about Hillel's 30+ student groups ...
After you drop your student off at Freshman Fest, come on in and enjoy some refreshments.
Cornell Hillel invites you ...
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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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Rabbi Fox is Cornell's 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.
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.
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 Initiative.
Jodi was born and raised in South Florida, though she considers URJ Camp Coleman her second childhood home. She was heavily involved in NFTY (Reform Jewish youth group) throughout high school, before moving to Atlanta, where she majored in creative writing and minored in Jewish studies at Emory University. She fell in love with Israel during a Hillel-led birthright trip her senior year, and after graduation, moved to Jerusalem for a 5-month internship as a broadcast journalist.
In addition to Tel Aviv and Haifa, Jodi considers college campuses to be her very favorite places, as she adores working with students. She was an Emory tour guide and sorority leader, and recently earned her master’s degree in college student affairs from Nova Southeastern University, where she was the student newspaper’s graduate assistant and editor-in-chief. She also spent summer 2013 supervising orientation leaders and overseeing parent orientation at Temple University.
Jodi invites students to stop by Anabel Taylor Hall to learn about the latest programming and volunteer opportunities or to hear her gush over any of her TV obsessions.
Jessica grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., before spending seven years in Charlotte, N.C. She earned a bachelor's in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she worked as an administrative assistant to two associate deans in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after graduation.
Jessica later pursued her master’s degree in criminal justice at the same university and served as a graduate assistant to the Department of Criminal Justice, working closely with students as a mentor and, occasionally, as a teacher. Jessica also has experience advising Zeta Beta Tau, a Jewish fraternity, and she was heavily involved with Hillel as an undergraduate. She has a passion for relationship building and living life with students.