Staff

 

The mission of Hillel at FSU is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students
so they may enrich their community and the world.

Executive Director

Dan Leshem, Ph.D. has devoted his career to bringing communities together around the exploration of the lessons and legacies of Jewish history, culture, religion, and ethics. He believes that every college student can benefit from engagement, support, and learning with other Jews in a supportive and dynamic environment. He is committed to providing a Jewish home away from home to all 4,000 FSU Jews – undergrads and graduate students, staff and faculty – and making Hillel @ FSU a hub of Jewish activity in Tallahassee.

Dr. Dan is the former Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College – CUNY in Queens, NY. Prior to this, Dr. Leshem served as Associate Director for Research of the Shoah Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. From 2006-2010, Dr. Leshem was Resource Manager for the Holocaust Denial on Trial website (HDOT.org) at Emory University in Atlanta. HDOT was created in 2004 to archive the materials from Dr. Deborah Lipstadt’s Holocaust denial libel suit in England, which was recently dramatized in the film Denial.

Dan Leshem

Dan Leshem

Executive Director

Ezra Fellow for Jewish Learning

Kal Marucs is Hillel at FSU’s Ezra Fellow for Jewish Learning. He works directly with the students on campus in order to bring Jewish content and emphasis to all of our programs and conversations. As he just joined our team this past July 1, 2019 and will be with us only through June 2021, we expect great things. He is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he was President of Hillel and the Jewish Student Union. Kal is always available to meet one-on-one or in groups to discuss Jewish life on campus so feel free to reach out!

Kal Marcus

Kal Marcus

Ezra Jewish Learning Specialist