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, 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 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.
Ezra Fellow for Jewish Learning
Kal Marcus 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!
The Jewish Agency Israel Fellow: In honor of Bertha & Morris Escoll*
Dana Bar is Hillel at FSU’s Jewish Agency Israel Fellow. She works directly with students to plan Israel related programming, runs our Cafe Ivrit Hebrew lunch and conversation group, and staffs Hillel at FSU’s Winter and Summer Birthright trips. Dana grew up in Israel, served in the IDF, and just graduated from the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem with degrees in Criminology and Communications. We are so excited to welcome her to Tallahassee!