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.
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.
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.
  • 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