MEET

the

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.

Dan Leshem

Executive Director

Background

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.

Jenny Williams

Associate Director

Background

Jenny Williams has spent her career building community and supporting college students in both non-profits and higher education. Prior to joining Hillel at FSU, she worked at FSU’s Center for Leadership and Social Change, managing programs for students to explore their identities and build leadership skills through community service. From 2014 to 2017, she was Academic Affairs Specialist at Queensborough Community College – CUNY. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Volunteer and Pro Bono Coordinator at Bet Tzedek, a non-profit law office originally founded to help Holocaust survivors. Jenny’s legal aid experience began during her Master’s of Social Work program at UNC Chapel Hill, where she specialized in forensic investigation and restorative justice work in capital murder cases. From 2002-2005, she worked at Emory University’s Women’s Center and Writing Center.

A native of Tallahassee, Jenny literally grew up on FSU’s campus as she attended its K-12 lab school (FSUS, better known as Florida High) when it was located where the FSU School of Medicine is now. She earned an A.A. at Tallahassee Community College and B.A. at Agnes Scott, a women’s college in Atlanta, GA.

She is delighted to be joining the pluralistic Jewish community of Hillel at FSU. Jennifer is a member of Temple Israel of Tallahassee, and mother to two young children. She enjoys traveling, cooking, art museums, getting out in nature, community service, and consuming copious amounts of television and podcasts.

Kal Marcus

Director of Jewish Student Life

Background

Kal Marcus is Hillel at FSU’s Director of Jewish Student Life. He works directly with our students on campus and supervises our Program Team in order to bring engaging, educational, and social programming to all of our students here at FSU. Kal has spent his last two years as the Jewish Education Specialist at FSU Hillel, where he worked with our students to provide Jewish content and emphasis to all of our programs and conversations. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, where he was also President of Hillel and the Jewish Student Union. Kal is also currently pursuing a Master’s in Jewish Nonprofit Management from the Zelikow program at Hebrew Union College. Kal is always available to meet one-on-one or in groups to discuss Jewish life on campus so feel free to reach out!

Karoline Robb

Israel & Engagement Specialist

Background

Karoline Robb is a recent graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Business Administration. As a Drexel student, Karoline worked at three co-ops, or professional job experiences, and is excited to bring some of her previous work into Hillel at FSU. Karoline was heavily involved in both Greek life and the Jewish community. Her favorite moments were sorority formals, reading Torah for High Holidays, and singing every Shabbat during conservative services. Karoline is extremely excited to be joining the team as the Innovation Specialist where she will be focusing on Israel related programming and Birthright recruitment. She is beyond excited to meet and hear from students!

Learn More about Bertha and Morris Escoll's Story

Maddy Greene

Social Justice Engagement Specialist

Background

Madison Greene is Hillel at FSU’s Social Justice Fellow focused on empowering students to repair the world and pursue justice in ways that are meaningful to them. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Kent State University. During her undergraduate time, Maddy held leadership positions within the Jewish community as well as in Greek Life, and helped manage social media profiles for three Jewish student organizations, including Hillel Kent State. Maddy also served as a volunteer for Jewish Family Services of Cleveland and brings her enthusiasm for service to this position.

Rachel Gordon

Marketing and Development Manager (part time)

Background

Rachel Gordon has, since 2016, expanded the digital marketing space within Hillel International. Joining the Springboard Fellowship (Aleph/1st Cohort) as a Social Media Specialist at the University of Delaware Hillel, her accomplishments included launching a successful rebrand for the Birthright Israel program and the creation of tracking digital student engagement. Since then, Rachel has been involved with strategizing fun and innovative daily content for Hillel: Birthright Israel program and Hillel International. Rachel currently resides near the Jersey shore with her cockapoo, Drake. In her free time she enjoys taking pictures, eating ice cream and staying up to date on all social media trends.

MEET

the

STUDENT BOARD

The mission is to enrich the lives of students by listening to the needs and responding to the interests of Jewish students at FSU.

Emily Poisson

President

Sarah Sadow

Vice President

Jessie Bass

VP of Social Programming

Danielle Guenther

VP of Student Engagement

Brandon Gabay

VP of Rituals & Education

MEET

the

STUDENT INTERNS

The mission is to enrich the lives of students by listening to the needs and responding to the interests of Jewish students at FSU.

Nicole Shrem

Social Media Coordinator

Sarah Schuminsky

Social Action Intern

David Lustgarten

General Engagement Intern

Rachel Greenberg

Greek Life Intern

Abbey Siegel

General Engagement Intern

Sydney Siegel

Expansion Intern