About Hillel at FSU

Meet the students, community leaders and staff that make us what we are.

We are students, staff, and lay leaders dedicated to providing a welcoming, pluralistic, and inclusive atmosphere on campus. Pluralism is always at the core of what we do, and we recognize that there is not just one way to “be Jewish.” Students come from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to explore their Judaism in a way that is meaningful to them.

We are encouraging students to grow intellectually, spiritually, and socially. We help students find a balance in being “distinctively Jewish” and “universally human” by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world), Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood.

Click here for a listing of Hillel at FSU Staff

Hillel at FSU Foundation, Inc. exists thanks to the generous support of parents, alumni and friends. It’s programs are partially underwritten by grants from Hillel International, the Tallahassee Jewish Foundation, The Ruby Diamond Foundation, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida Hillels Council.

2018 Student Leadership Board (L-Board)
President: Lara Tessler
Vice President: Robyn Kart
Treasurer:  Charles Newfeld
For a full listing of leadership visit this page.

2017-2018 Community Board
The Community Board provide direct oversight to Foundation activities. Board meetings are open to all who wish to attend. For information on joining the Board, please contact our board president, Les Adler or Dan Lesham, Executive Director.
President: Les Adler
VP Development: Steve Schwartzman
VP Jewish Student Life: Wiatt Bowers
Board Treasurer:  Michael Meth
Board Secretary: Marion Merzer
Student Board Liaisons:
Lara Tessler, Robyn Kast, Charlie Newfeld
Members at Large
Rabbi Jaime Aklepi
Susie Kapp
David Levenson
Marion Merzer
Steve P. Reznik

Past President: Jay Kauffman
Affiliated Organizations
— VP Florida Campus Advancement, Hillel International
Ellie Simon, President, Apalachee Federation of Jewish Charities
Barbara Goldstein,
HERC liaison