Dana Mayber, Ask Big Questions Fellow
My name is Dana Mayber, and I am from Deerfield, Illinois. I am a senior studying International Studies and Global Health. During my last year at UW-Madison, I am looking forward to being an Ask Big Questions Fellow and connecting with new people on campus while having insightful conversations about life's big questions. I am also excited to continue my involvement in my sorority, internship, independent research projects and, of course, jumping around.
Cory Meyer, Ask Big Questions Fellow
My name is Cory Meyer and I am a senior here at the UW, majoring in Political Science and participating in the Integrated Liberal Studies, Global Cultures, and Jewish Studies certificate programs. Originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, I have been lucky enough to call Madison my home-away-from-home for the past three years. By participating in High Holiday services, attending Shabbat dinners, traveling to rural Rwanda on the 2011 Alternative Spring Break trip, and even more, I have found a home at Hillel. As I enter my senior year, I hope to give back to the place that has provided me such a rich Jewish collegiate experience, by serving as a Fellow of Hillel's Ask Big Questions program. By helping to bring diverse UW students together for engaging introspective conversations, I will strive to create a stronger community, and ultimately make Hillel home to many fellow Badgers.
Megan Meyer, Ask Big Questions Fellow
Hello, my name is Megan. I graduated from UW Madison with a degree in Psychology and Legal Studies. Since graduation I continued working at Meriter hospital for a company that manages medical equipment. This past year I spent six months in Cape Town, South Africa volunteering for a human rights office. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Education Policy Studies with a concentration in educational philosophy. In my spare time I enjoy playing games such as ping-pong and cards and doing crosswords.
Jamie Tolmatsky, Ask Big Questions Fellow
Hi! I'm Jamie Tolamatsky is a Sophomore from Northbrook, IL and will be an Ask Big Questions Fellow for this academic year. I am a big badger football fan, frequent visitor of the Madison farmer’s market and I love going to the Majestic (local music venue) for as many concerts as possible.
Beau Trapp, Ask Big Questions Fellow
I grew up and attended school in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. I am currently a 5th year senior studying International Studies with certificates in Leadership, Global Health, and Educational Policy. I am very excited to spend another year at such an amazing school in a one-of-a-kind city. I hope the campus is ready to engage in some awesome conversation and I cannot wait to see how we can mold ABQ to best engage our students, staff, and community.
Hannah Bern, Challah for Hunger Business Intern
Hi! My name is Hannah Bern and I am a Junior from Milwaukee, WI. I am majoring in Management Human Resources, with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. I am involved in several business organizations, including Alpha Kappa Psi, which is a professional business fraternity, and Wisconsin Welcome, which are both hosted in the Wisconsin School of Business. In addition, I work in the Zoology research department as a lab assistant. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my friends and explore new restaurants. I am very excited to be the Challah for Hunger business intern for the upcoming year!
Emily Grant, Challah for Hunger Community Outreach and Education Intern
After spending my spring semester in Jerusalem, I'm going to be a senior starting in the fall, and can't believe I am starting my final year at UW-Madison. I am from Tucson, Arizona, a far way from Wisconsin--and no, I am not used to the winters and I never will be. I am in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, concentrating on "strategic communication studies." On campus, I spend my time between Hillel, Challah for Hunger, Alpha Phi, and Optima Dance, and have served as a member on the board for these clubs as well. In my free time, I like to go on runs, hang out at the union, make challah, and catch up with friends.
Ilana Lerman, Engagement Intern
My name is Ilana Lerman and I will be an engagement intern with UW-Hillel this coming fall semester. I am from Highland Park, IL and will be a senior this year at the UW. I will be graduating in May with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice. I can't wait for the school year to begin and am anxiously awaiting to return to Madison, my favorite city in the world. I am so excited to welcome the freshman to Madison and help make campus a little smaller through the events and opportunities Hillel has to offer. On Wisconsin!
Ben Gluck, Greek Life Engagement Intern
Hey Y'all! My name is Benjamin Gluck and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I
am currently a Sophomore at UW and I plan to graduate with a major in
Sociology and a certificate in Hebrew and Semitic Studies. When I'm not
hittin' the books, I spend most of my time with my ZBT Brothers hanging
out, shooting hoops, and getting to know the wonderful city of Madison.
As the Greek Life Engagement Intern, I work towards involving the UW
Greek community within Hillel.
Brianna Lange, Greek Life Engagement Intern
Hello! My name is Brianna Lange, and I am from Eagan, Minnesota. I am a sophomore here at UW, majoring in Legal Studies with a certificate in Criminal Justice. I am so excited to be a Greek Life Engagement Intern this semester! I am an active member in Kappa Kappa Gamma, and am looking forward to further connecting with all the other fraternities and sororities this year. In my free time I love to catch a movie, listen to country music, relax with friends, and kick the soccer ball around.
Sydney Stein, Tzedek Intern
Hi my name is Sydney Stein and I am so excited to be the new Tzedek Intern this fall! I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and am currently a junior here at UW Madison. I am pre-med, but majoring in political science in order to encompass my wide ranging interests. In the summer, I am a camp counselor of children between the ages of 4 and 14, spending sunny days splashing in the lake. Because I love to work with kids so much, I am very excited to be the Tzedek Intern and get to lead a Badger Volunteer group to Mendota Elementary this fall to help little ones learn to read. It’s already looking like it’s going to be a great school year!
Marlee Katz, Communications Intern
Marlee is a junior from Mequon, WI and is studying Communication Arts and Entrepreneurship.Through Taglit Birthright, Marlee experienced Israel for the first time this past summer and hopes to go back soon. She is looking forward to getting involved with the Jewish community on campus this semester. Marlee enjoys fashion, music and cooking in her free time and is also an active member of the sorority Chi Omega.
Alanna Koritzinsky, Religious Life (Reform)
My name is Alanna Koritzinsky. I am a junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My major is Communication Disorders. This year I am excited to see old faces and welcome new faces to Hillel and to continue building a strong community. I come from a strong Reform Jewish community and I would like to try to create a strong community among Reform Jews on campus. Some advice I would like to give to incoming students is that it takes time to find yourself in the community- it does not happen immediately, so don't get discouraged. I am looking forward to leading with Naomi and getting more people active in our services.
Naomi Gamoran, Religious Life (Reform)
Hi I'm Naomi and I'm super excited to be a religious life intern for the reform movement this year! Im from Madison and am a senior this year majoring in history. I spend my summers at urj camp OSRUI where I am a counselor and songleader. I can't wait for this upcoming year at school and at Hillel!
Alex Zimmern, Religious Life (Conservative)
My name is Alex Zimmern and I am from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I am currently a sophomore majoring in International Studies. I'm looking forward to meeting new people at Hillel this year, as well as working with some familiar faces.
Carly Nashban, Religious Life (Orthodox)
My name is Carly Nashban and I am the Religious Life Intern for the Orthodox Minyan this year at Hillel. I am a senior majoring in Sociology and I am from Milwaukee, WI. I am an active member of the Badger Cheese Club and also play on the Badger Quidditch Team. I spend my summers at Camp Interlaken in Eagle River, WI and love spending the rest of my year in Madison.
Leslie Cohen, Development Intern
My name is Leslie Cohen and I am very excited to serve as a Development Intern this spring semester alongside Carol Brumer! I am from Buffalo Grove, Illinois and am a pre-dental student majoring in Psychology. After traveling to Israel last winter break through UW-Hillel Birthright I was eager to become more involved in Jewish life on campus and give back to Hillel for the amazing opportunity it gave me. I was able to meet so many great people and it was an experience I will never forget. On campus I work in a comparative biosciences research lab, am involved in Psi Chi, observe at various dental offices and am an active member in my sorority. I look forward to participating in and organizing fundraising programs/projects this semester, such as Phonathon, to make them as successful as possible!
Emily Silber, Israel Intern
Hey everyone! My name is Emily Silber and I'm thrilled to be your Israel Intern at UW Hillel again this year. I'm from the beautiful city of Minneapolis and excited to start my sophomore year here studying Child Development. After living in Israel on Young Judaea's Year Course just two years ago, I'm proud to say that I hold the world record for falafel eating and getting to the front of a line. When I'm not skyping Bibi Netenyahu or writing headlines for HaAretz, you can find me doodling Israeli flags or trying to perfect my "resh" with Eden at Hillel. I can't wait for you to love Israel, learn about Israel, and hopefully visit Israel with me this year!
Adam Wald, Stand With Us Fellow
I am a sophomore from Hewlett, New York studying political science. I am a member of MadPac and this upcoming year he will be a Stand With Us Emerson fellow - assisting to bring pro-Israel events, training, and resources to campus. I look forward to strengthening the relationship between UW students and the state of Israel.
Zac Pestine, ICC Grinspoon
Hi, my name is Zac Pestine, majoring in Philosophy and Communication Arts. Originally from Highland Park, IL, I am entering my senior year at Wisconsin. I am an active member in Jewish life on campus, and that part of my identity eventually led me to study abroad in Israel. After having spent my last semester (and then some) in Jerusalem, I am most looking forward to bringing the spirit of Israel with me to campus and helping forge a better relationship with Israel on campus.
Elli Smerling, MASA Israel Intern
Elli Smerling, of Deerfield IL, is a senior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in Communications and Jewish Studies. Before coming to the UW Elli took a gap year in Israel on a program through the Conservative movement called Nativ. For the past 4 years she has been an involved board member of both the Israel Organizations at Hillel. Last year before spending a semester abroad in South Africa, Elli served as vice President of MadPAC. This year she is Looking forward to serving as President of I.C.E and Campus Masa Representative and her weekly radio show at WSUM.
Grace Fantle, MASA Israel Intern
Hi everyone! My name is Grace and I am a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin studying Sociology and Jewish Studies. Last semester I experienced the best five months of my life while studying abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I just spent my 11th summer at Camp Interlaken JCC, one of my favorite places in the world! I am so excited to be the Masa Israel intern, and am ready for another awesome year in Madison!