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Alex Garber

Alex Garber

Alex is a Maryland native who spent four and a half years at UMD, graduating this past December. He has been traveling around the world for the last six months, exploring all there is to see. He is so excited to come back to campus as our Engagement Associate and is ready to reconnect with… read more

CJ Torcellini

CJ is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and went to the College of Charleston. He spent the last year teaching English in Israel and traveling around Europe. In his free time he loves to play the guitar, likes alternative folk music and will talk about basketball for hours. He’s excited to meet new and current… read more

Dan Kling

Dan is new to Maryland Hillel and happy to be getting back on campus! Dan grew up in the D.C./Baltimore area and graduated from George Mason University in 2020 with a degree in Government & International Politics. On campus, he was an involved leader in his Jewish community and Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter, and served as… read more

Sara Pilavin

Sara Pilavin (SAH-ruh PI-luh-vin; she/her) is thrilled to bring her experience in events, fundraising, and marketing for Jewish non-profits to UMD Hillel. Sara majored in Sociology and minored in Student Services and Counseling at Queens College, where she was also on her Hillel student board. Sara joins us remotely from the Tri-State area, and looks… read more

Adam Bershad

Adam is joining us as the Director of Engagement and Israel Experiences after spending the last four years working at UCF Hillel in Orlando, Florida. He is excited to cultivate an amazing community on campus and a love for Israel. Adam is also receiving his Master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and… read more

Samuel Kapner

Born in DC, Sam grew up not too far from College Park in Bethesda (Montgomery County), Maryland. Sam joins the Maryland Hillel in November 2021 as an Operations Associate. He recently graduated from the University of Texas in Austin (Hook em’) in May 2021 and loved every minute of it. While in Austin, Sam managed… read more

Rikki Lehman

Rikki Lehman grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She studied for a year and a half in Sha’alvim for Women in Jerusalem, and went on to study in Stern College for Women, where she majored in psychology. During her college years, Rikki was involved in informal education, as an NCSY advisor during the year and on… read more

Rabbi Josh Lehman

Rabbi Josh Lehman grew up in Monsey, New York but has spent most of the last decade living in Israel. After studying in Yeshivat Hakotel for 2 years and serving as a combat soldier in the IDF, Josh continued on to study Computer Science at the Jerusalem College of Technology. He then received Rabbinic Ordination from… read more

Dawn Savage

Dawn is a newcomer to Maryland Hillel and is excited to bring her experience in student leadership and development to UMD! She received her BS in Psychology from James Madison University and her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Dawn’s role as the Assistant Director is to lead the… read more

Shawn Laing

Shawn is making his return to Hillel after a 15 year hiatus living in South Florida, working with different Jewish organizations.  Shawn graduated with a degree in Finance from Syracuse University and received his MBA from Nova Southeastern in South Florida. In his free time, you can find Shawn watching and/or playing sports, cooking, trying… read more