River Campus Hillel Student Leaders

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Harrah Newman, President

Class of 2018

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Morganville, NJ

From Harrah: I love Friday nights at Hillel because it's a great way to relax after a busy week with my Hillel family. I also really enjoy events involving food and traditional Jewish cooking. I love being on the Hillel board as it gives me the opportunity to help organize events to enhance our Jewish community of campus. 

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Ali Thaler, Programming Chair

Class of 2018

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Larchmont, NY

From Ali: At the University of Rochester, Hillel is a place where Jews of all backgrounds are not only accepted but appreciated. When I first came to Rochester, I did not seek out Jewish life on campus. Then I went to a Shabbat dinner and met the people at Hillel and found they were genuine and kind and provided a community that made me feel at home. I joined the board to enrich the Jewish Community on campus and to ensure that Hillel remains a home aways from home for all. 

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Talia Salenger, Israel Chair

Class of 2020

Major: Brian and Cognitive Science and Biology

Hometown: Albany, NY

From Talia: When I was 18, I moved to Israel and lived there for three years while serving in the IDF. After my service ended, I worked and traveled for about a year, including an amazing four-month trip to Asia! I love Israel and always am happy to talk about my experience there, as well as anything else! 

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Nipu Berger, Social Programming Chiar

Class of 2019

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: New York, NY

From Nipu: Shabbat dinner is pretty much the highlight of my week. I love the community and learning more and more about Jewish culture at every dinner. I also enjoy the fact that we get fed free food that also tastes really good, because lets be honest, who doesn't like free food. In addition to Shabbat dinner, I love going to Hillel's events because they are always creative and fun and a great way to meet other Jewish students on campus. 

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Michael Kornberg, Jewish Programming Chair

Class of 2020

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: San Diego, CA

From Michael: I grew up in a very supportive and Jewish community and I've always had a keen sense of my own Jewish identity. This probably came from having Jewish values so infused with my everyday life, whether it was in the Jewish day school I attended, to the Jewish summer camp I went to every summer, or in my Kadima and USY life.