Programming Board

  • Sam Rosenberg

    Dialogue & Identity Cohort Chair [email protected]

    How’s it going? My name is Sam Rosenberg. I’m a sophomore student from Los Angeles, CA with a double major in Screen Arts & Cultures and English. My passions and interests include watching and making movies, creative writing, reading entertainment news articles, long-distance running, and social activism. As the Dialogue & Identity Cohort, I am tasked with overseeing Hillel groups and organizations, such as AHAVA, the Pursuit of Justice, Resetting the Table, Breaking Barriers, and Forum in Gender and Judaism, that specialize in fostering dialogue and embracing social identity. I’m really excited to be part of the Hillel leadership this year, and I’m looking forward to meeting new people and having intellectually stimulating conversations!

    Contact Sam Rosenberg
  • Ari Spellman

    Israel Cohort Chair [email protected]


    My name is Ari a Spellman, and I’m very excited to represent all of you as the new Israel Cohort Chair. I grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, just north of Chicago, attended Jewish Day School and High School, and went to Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. Most importantly, I am a huge Cubs fan. After high school, I knew I wanted to spend time in Israel, so I took a gap year there in a program called KIVUNIM. I got to travel to tens of countries, experience new cultures, live in Jerusalem for months, and open my eyes to a whole other side of Israel. Here at Michigan, I am premed and have yet to declare a major (I’ll probably end up in some classic pre med major). I look forward to a year of great Israel programming and working with the strong Israel Cohort.

    Contact Ari Spellman
  • Dalia Gatoff

    Culture Cohort Chair [email protected]

    Hi! My name is Dalia, and I am so excited to serve as the Culture Cohort Chair of Hillel! I am currently a Sophomore in LSA hailing from Manhattan, NY. If you’re looking for me there is a good chance I am at Hillel either eating or working on something for one of the Hillel organizations I am apart of. Hillel is really important to me because it has helped me find my Jewish community at Michigan! Aside from Hillel I love volunteering with small children, exploring Ann Arbor, and eating chocolate.

    I look forward to helping Kol Hakavod, OY, SHARE, HARTS, Shulchan Ivrit, and The Hillel Players put on some meaningful and fun programs this coming year!  Feel free to introduce yourself to me if you have any ideas for the cohort, or even if you don’t — I love going on coffee dates!

    Contact Dalia Gatoff
  • Jared Spiegel

    Social Action Cohort Chair [email protected]

    Hi! My name is Jared Spiegel, and I am your Social Action Cohort Chair. I am a fan of all Michigan sports teams, as well as the Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins, and New York Mets. In my free time I love to play tennis, watch Netflix, and eat lots of sushi (I recommend Totoro). I am very excited to organize Michigan’s second ever Good Deeds Day, and to create other initiatives that foster Hillel’s values of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam. This organization and its welcoming community have given me so many incredible opportunities and experiences since I stepped foot on campus, and I cannot wait to give back. Go Blue!

    Contact Jared Spiegel
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    Rachel Tanenbaum

    Health & Environment Cohort Chair [email protected]

    Hi, I’m Rachel Tanenbaum, and I’m the Health and Environment Chair of Hillel. My hobbies include doing yoga, hanging with friends, eating, and watching Netflix. I’m from Memphis, TN, and coming to Michigan so far from home, Hillel has always been such a fun and welcoming place for me. Please reach out if you have questions about Hillel health and environment, just want to hang out, or if you want to get coffee!


    Contact Rachel Tanenbaum
  • Rebecca Leeman

    Religious Life Cohort Chair [email protected]

    Hi friends!

    I’m Rebecca Leeman, your new Religious Life Cohort Chair. I oversee all of the minyanim (prayer groups) and work with the Shabbat committee to enhance Shabbat dinner and programming. As Abraham Joshua Heschel once said, “The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.” I challenge you all to use Shabbat as a day to separate from the material world and a chance to engage in meaningful conversations. If you see me around campus, feel free to introduce yourself. I’d love to discuss anything from your classes, to your ice cream preferences, to your religious experiences on campus.

    Contact Rebecca Leeman
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    Amanda Smith

    Outreach Cohort Chair [email protected]

    Hi! My name is Amanda, and I’m a sophomore from Farmington Hills, MI. I’m studying Psychology and interested in working with kids with special needs. I’m really excited to be serving as the Outreach Chair for 2017 and I can’t wait to take part in all of the incredible programs at Hillel! Please feel free to reach out if you want to get coffee or ever need anything!

    Contact Amanda Smith