The Leadership Board – L-Board-of Hillel at FSU is composed of students who represent a broad range of backgrounds and practices. The mission is to enrich the lives of students by listening to the needs and responding to the interests of Jewish students at FSU. During the Fall and Spring, the L-Board meets once a week. Why not attend a meeting and contribute your thoughts? You’ll also get an idea of just how student-directed and student-lead Hillel at FSU is! Be a part of shaping Jewish life at FSU. Elections to the Board are held every November. The new board takes office in January for the full year.
Hi everyone! My name is Lara Tessler and I am incredibly honored and excited to be Hillel at FSU's President for this year! I am a Junior pursuing both music and religious studies in the hopes of continuing my education at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion to one day become an ordained clergy member. I am from Wellington, Florida, and my passions include music, ice cream, and dogs! I hope to inspire others to love the Hillel at FSU community just as much as I do, and I cannot wait for this next year!
Hey everyone! My name is Robyn Kast, and I am SO excited to be your Vice President here at Hillel at FSU for the 2018 year! I’m a sophomore planning to study Public Relations and come from the city where magic is made and dreams come true (Orlando, Florida). I have some pretty special talents, including being able to lick my elbow, turning my face into that of a bunny, and coming up with crazy cool new ideas to make your year at Hillel at FSU more enjoyable! I have always loved being a part of the Jewish Community including by going to services, being active in USY (United Synagogue Youth), and continuing my support for Hillel on the L-board, and I hope this year I can make Hillel a home away from home for you, just like it is for me!
Hello! My name is Carly Robinett, and I am honored and ecstatic to be serving as Community Service Chair for the upcoming term. I am a freshman here at Florida State University, originally from Overland Park, KS (a suburb of Kansas City, MO). I am studying choral music education with the hope of becoming a choir director, but I love to perform and hope to keep doing so post-graduation. Some hobbies of mine include playing violin, dancing, arranging music, and exploring new restaurants. I am very excited for the upcoming term and cannot wait to see what we accomplish!
Ok! Here we go *claps hands.* Howdy folks! My name is JT Haslett and I am absolutely thrilled to be your Special Projects Coordinator this year at Hillel. I am a sophomore hailing from the great state of Connecticut (just kidding, Connecticut sucks) studying Marketing and Sport Management. I aspire to be a sports agent for the top players of the NFL. I absolutely love cheese, all kinds, but in general just love food. I'm a huge sports fan, especially when it comes to FSU, the Red Sox and the Patriots, and I do not worry about the haters in the least. I look forward to working with everyone this year and creating some kick-a** events. If you see me around or at Hillel, tell me a joke and I'll love you forever (not really, but I do love a good laugh). I'm excited to see what this year brings, and I hope to see everyone have some fun at Hillel!
Shalom! My name is Eliana Karr and I'm a junior serving as the Israel Chair for Hillel at FSU for 2018! I am from Orlando, FL and am majoring in Exercise Physiology on the pre-medical track. When I'm not busy with academics or Hillel, I can be seen running around campus as I am a part of the FSU Cross Country and Track team, playing piano at the college of music, and I am an active member in multiple pre-medical honor societies including Alpha Epsilon Delta. I am a huge Disney fan, my favorite type of food is Israeli food and I love to laugh! I was incredibly involved in high school in multiple Jewish organizations including C-teen, BBYO, USY, working as a Camp J counselor for several years and leading services weekly at my synagogue back home. I am very passionate about Israel and Judaism and I hope to return to Israel this upcoming summer to inspire all kinds of events for Hillel at FSU!
2018 Leadership Board of FSU
Jewish Student Leadership Day
Hillel at FSU is pleased to present the 2017 Student Leadership Day. The event designed to give participants an introduction to leadership on campus with a Hillel twist. The purpose of Student Leadership Day is to provide students with the tools to get to know one another, learn about different campus opportunities, and to be exemplar leaders in our community. Student Leadership Day targets two specific groups of FSU Students: emerging leaders and current Jewish Student leadership. Leadership Day is also a valuable program for students who may not have been involved in leadership previously, but would like to explore leadership opportunities in the university setting.
By participating in this energetic and dynamic event, participants will gain critical skills that will help them create positive, sustainable leadership in a wide array of organizations at Florida State University, and the Tallahassee community – both Jewish and non-Jewish. You will also have the opportunity to meet like-minded freshmen, sophomores, and prominent student leaders and staff of both Hillel at FSU and the Center for Civic Education and Leadership.
Student Leadership Day begins at 9am and concludes at 3pm.
Students interested in being a participant of this fun, inclusive, Jewish community-based seminar should request and complete the participant application and return it to Hillel at FSU. The completed application, including your short essays, must be received by email. Students will be notified about their acceptance to the Student Leadership Day. Space is limited so please turn in your applications ASAP.
Hey Y’all! I’m a freshman from Naples, FL majoring in Information, Communication, and Technology and I currently serve as the 2018 Hillel at FSU L-Board Secretary. As Secretary, I am responsible for ensuring the accurate record keeping of all coordinated events and meetings, keeping relevant RSO papers in order, coordinating the marketing of events and promotional material, ensuring the successful application for permits for all Hillel at FSU activities, and ensuring that the Constitution is upheld, acting as Parliamentarian. When I’m not at Hillel, I enjoy listening to music (especially Bon Jovi), playing guitar, making videos, hanging out with friends, and volunteering. I’m also involved in The Big Event Tallahassee, Dance Marathon, and Film Club.
My name is Charlie Newfeld. I am a second-year Actuarial Science major here at Florida State. I am from Huntington, West Virginia. I am really excited for the opportunity to serve Hillel as the Treasurer for the coming year.
Hi! My name is Hannah Cooperman and I’m a Junior serving as the Social Chair for Hillel at FSU for 2018! I am a Psychology and Criminology major here and I'm from Orlando, FL. I am so excited for Hillel at FSU’s plans this coming year! When I’m not busy with school or Hillel, I’m a runner and have been active in the Triathlon Club as well as the Honors Program at FSU. I love dogs and pizza and just chillin. I was involved in Camp Coleman through middle school and then going to Hillel in college really brought me back to my Jewish community. I love being Jewish and the sense of community I get from being a part of Hillel and I can’t wait for what else is in store!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ranata Goodman. I am a freshman International Affairs major from Cape Coral, Florida, and I am so excited to be your Rituals and Jewish Celebrations Chair! I was very involved in my Jewish community back home, and I can't wait to create more memories with all of you at Hillel.