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Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. Established in 1923, Hillel now serves students at more than 550 colleges and communities worldwide. By encouraging students to take ownership of their Jewish journeys, Hillel seeks to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life. Hillel seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

Hillel is committed to:

  • Creating a pluralistic, welcoming, and inclusive environment;
  • Fostering student growth and the balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human;
  • Advancing social justice, Jewish learning, and spirituality;
  • Embracing Israel and global Jewish peoplehood;
  • Delivering excellence, innovation, accountability, and results.


Goucher Hillel Staff

Rabbi Josh Snyder, Goucher Hillel Executive Director
josh.snyder@goucher.edu • (410) 337-6545

Rabbi Josh SnyderRabbi Josh Snyder was born and raised in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Connection to Jewish identity has always been a part of Josh’s life, but it has manifested itself in different ways throughout his ongoing Jewish Journey. Josh had experiences as a national student leader in USY, as a singer in a traveling Jewish a capella group during college, and as a rabbinical student innovating rituals to celebrate and mourn our animal companions, among other things. He is in his sixth year working for Hillel, serving previously as Rabbinic Intern at University of Delaware Hillel. Josh has served as Goucher’s Hillel Director since ordination in 2008 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is continually energized by the students and community at Goucher College and all the possibilities entailed in the enterprise of inspiring Jewish college students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.

Yona Gorelick, Goucher Hillel Associate Director
yona.gorelick@mail.goucher.edu • (410) 337-6404
Yona Gorelick

Yona Gorelick’s greatest joy in her work on campus is accompanying students on journeys of self-discovery. Now in her sixth year with Hillel, Yona recently completed the first level of certification in Internal Family Systems Therapy, a non-pathologizing approach to healing. Yona brings to the sacred task of pluralistic Jewish community-building exposure to a wide range of Jewish expressions, having been immersed at various points in her life in Orthodox Jewish day schools, secular Yiddishist guerrilla theater, and spiritual chanting circles atop wooded mountains—to name a few. Yona enjoys ice cream, a good music festival, and making up words.

Lola Hahn, Goucher Hillel Development Director
lhahn@baltimorehillel.org • (410) 843-7450

Throughout my life it has been very important for me to be Lola Hahninvolved in helping to make a difference and contribute to the improvement of individuals’ lives. Making friends and building strong relationships both professionally and personally have been the key to my success and happiness. Early in my career, I served as a volunteer for the Retail Leadership Division of the UJA Federation of New York, helping to raise funds for the aged and personally visiting with clients needing assistance. In Baltimore, I have supported the community for 20 years serving as a committee volunteer at different times and/or supporting an event to help procure funds for a diverse group of local organizations. I have been active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving on their board since 1990 and holding the position of auction co-chair for the annual gala for 15 years. I feel very fortunate to hold this challenging and rewarding position as Development Director and hope to help raise the continued funds needed to support our effort. I think it is important to provide support for our future generations and guide them with the understanding of giving back and helping other people in need.

Adi Snir, Israel Engagement Coordinator  •  asnir@baltimorehillel.org

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Adi Snir joins the staff of Goucher Hillel and Towson Hillel in 2013-4 as Israel Engagement Coordinator. Adi will engage students in exploring the full variety and complexity of life in Israel.  Adi comes to Baltimore through a partnership between Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and JAFI: The Jewish Agency for Israel, which places talented, engaging Israeli emissaries (shlichim) on college campuses throughout the United States. Adi served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a coordinator of cultural and educational programs, and she has a degree in social work. In 2012-3, she completed a year as an emissary (shlicha) for the Jewish community of Pittsburgh, PA.  Adi shares: “As the new Israel Fellow at Goucher and Towson Hillels, I’m very excited to get to know the students and what they’re passionate to do. I hope that through the programs we’ll build together, including the Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, we will be able to ‘bring Israel’ to the campuses in a way that will encourage more students to explore their connection to it.”

Avital Levin- HopkinsAvital Levin, OU-JLIC Educator • AvitalLevin@jhu.edu • (516) 880-5497

Avital Levin serves as OU-JLIC Educator at the Johns Hopkins University Hillel. She is thrilled to join the Goucher Hillel team for a second year of weekly visits to campus where she is available to students for individual and group learning, coffee dates, hosting at Johns Hopkins University, and just good old chatting. Passionate about education, Avital has taught at Machon Maayan, the OU Center in Jerusalem, and Camp Yavneh. She is valued for her warmth and connection with students. Avital graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She has counseled adolescents in various clinical and scholastic settings. She has also studied at the Yeshiva University Women’s Midrashiya where she graduated with certificates in infertility counseling and teaching kallahs. Avital loves to hike, dabble in matchmaking, hunt for clothing bargains, and chill with guests on the famous Levin couch.

Goucher Hillel Board of Directors

Nancy B. Gertner ’72, Chair
Dr. Patricia Charrier Attman ’74
Elana Cohen ’08
Sally Davis, D.D.S. ’84
Rachel Eidelman ’74
Aliza Epstein ’03
Maggi Greenberg Gaines ’71
Lee Gerstein ’07
Beth H. Goldsmith ’72
Bettina Heiman ’69, P ’04
Dr. Amalia Honick, Faculty
Merle Intner
Linda Goldmeier Katz ’70
Ruth S. Lenrow ’74
Gail Shaivitz Oppel ’94
Barbie Prince ’85, P ’12
Barbara S. Roswell
Carol Schulter P’16
Dr. Tina Sheller ’74, Faculty
Judi L. Davidson Wolf P ’14

Goucher Hillel Student Leaders

Co-Presidents: Rachael Hollern ’16 and Zoe Summit ’16
Shabbat Chair: Tamar Remer ’17
Publicity Chair: Emily Waife ’16
Religion/Education Chair: Rachel Brustein ’16
Tzedek Chair: Stephanie Stern ’15
Israel Chair: Giselle Rotenberg ’16
Pluralism Chair: Eli Kaufman ’15
SGA Representative: Samantha Eisenberg ’16
First-Year Representatives: Rimma Cohen ’16

Contact Goucher Hillel

Please feel welcome to be in touch:
hillel@goucher.edu • (410) 337-6545
Weinberg Jewish Student Center, Stimson Hall, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204